Sep 20, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher hits a grand slam against the Toronto Blue Jays during the game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

Yankees Vs. Blue Jays: New York Sweeps Toronto With 10-7 Victory

Behind a mammoth seven-run fourth inning the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays, 10-7, on Thursday. The victory helped New York sweep visiting Toronto in the three-game series at Yankees Stadium.

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Yankees 10, Blue Jays 7: New York Earns Sweep Behind 7-Run 4th Inning

Nick Swisher's grand slam in a mammoth seven-run fourth inning Thursday propelled the New York Yankees past the visiting Toronto Blue Jays, 10-7, at Yankee Stadium. The victory helped the Yankees (86-63) earn a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays (66-82) and increase their lead in the AL East standings to one full game ahead of the idle Baltimore Orioles (85-64). New York has won nine of its last 12 games.

Yankees' outfielder Ichiro Suzuki continued his torrid hitting streak going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI, two of which came during the big seventh inning while the other came via a solo home run in the third. Suzuki finished the series 9-for-12 with four runs, four RBI and four stolen bases.

New York's offense chased Toronto's starting pitcher Aaron Laffey (3-6) after just three innings of work that featured five runs (four earned) on two hits and five walks.

Winning pitcher Phil Hughes (16-12) tossed five innings allowing four runs on four hits while striking out nine batters. Hughes won his third straight game after the Yankees bullpen was able to hang on to the lead. Reliever David Robertson collected his third save of the season pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

For more on the Yankees, visit the SB Nation blog Pinstriped Bible while Bluebird Banter is all about the Blue Jays.


Ichiro Turns Back Clock When Yankees Need It Most -- VIDEO

Ichiro went 7-for-8 Wednesday as the Yankees won a pair of critical games from the Toronto Blue Jays to take a half-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East. He provided heroics at bat and in the field, and electricity on the bases with four steals.


VIDEO: Andy Pettitte Discusses Victorious Return

Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees was victorious in his return from a broken ankle, pitching five shutout innings Wednesday as the Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.

"It was great to just get back out there," said Pettitte. "And obviously it was great to give us a decent outing and give us a chance to win."

Pettitte, 4-3, surrendered four hits, walked two and struck out three.

"All in all it was good. I was able to make some pitches when I had to to get out of some innings," Pettite said. "It's a good win. I'll take it."

So will the Yankees, who temporarily moved a half-game in front of the Baltimore Orioles with the victory,

Below, Pettitte discusses his return.

Be sure to come back to SB Nation New York to find out how the Yankees fare in the second game of the doubleheader.


Yankees Vs. Blue Jays Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers And More

After rain postponed Andy Pettitte's return to the mound after injury, the New York Yankees will send Pettitte to the hill Wednesday to start the early game of a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium against the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m.

"I just want to go out there and pitch, and hopefully give this team a chance to win that ballgame [Wednesday], and move forward from there," Pettitte told the team's website.

The Yankees will now play their final 16 games consecutively, playing nine of their final contests at home in the Bronx.

David Phelps (4-4, 3.39 ERA) will pitch the nightcap for New York. Phelps, a rookie right-hander, is the pitcher Pettitte is actually replacing in the Yankees' rotation. The Blue Jays will counter on Wednesday afternoon with Henderson Alvarez after Ricky Romero was scheduled to start on Tuesday night.

The Yankees are tied with the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the American League East.

Time and Date: Wednesday Sept. 19, 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.

Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.

TV: YES, MY9 (New York), SN, SN-1 (Toronto)

Radio: WCBS (New York)

For more Yankees coverage, check out Pinstriped Bible.


Yankees Vs. Blue Jays: Game 1 Postponed Due To Weather

Game 1 of the three-game series between the New York Yankees and the visiting Toronto Blue Jays has been postponed Tuesday due to bad weather that has been soaking the East Coast all day. The postponement means the return of veteran pitcher Andy Pettitte will be pushed back until Wednesday afternoon when the Yankees (83-63) and Blue Jays (66-79) will make up the game as a part of a day-night, separate admission doubleheader.

First pitch for the day game will be at 1:05 p.m. ET, while the night cap will start at 7:05 p.m. Pettitte (3-3) will make his return from a two-month stint on the disable list because of a fractured ankle in Game 1, while rookie David Phelps (4-4) will pitch in Game 2.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is suppose to be much better as its predicted to be 70-degrees, partly cloudy with only a 10-percent chance of rain.

For more on the Yankees, please be sure to check out our blog Pinstriped Bible.


Andy Pettitte: Pennant Race Is 'What You Come Back For'

Andy Pettitte is scheduled to return to the New York Yankees Tuesday night.

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