Yankees At Blue Jays: Phil Hughes Gets First Victory

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Yankees-Blue Jays Score: Hughes Gets First Victory, 7-2

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Curtis Granderson had two hits, knocked in three runs and scored once to help lead the New York Yankees past the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-2, in the finale of a four-game series.

Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 and crossed the plate three times as New York won for the fourth time in six games.

Phil Hughes (1-2) went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five for the win.

Carlos Villanueva (5-2) allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk through six innings. He also struck out six as the Jays lost their second straight contest after having their five-game win streak snapped.

A Gardner single, a Mark Teixeira walk and a Robinson Cano single loaded the bases for the Yankees with one out in the first. Nick Swisher followed with a line-drive single to right that scored Gardner, but a strikeout by Jorge Posada and a liner to short by Russell Martin limited the damage to just one run.

Edwin Encarnacion led off the second with a double into the right-center gap and Travis Snider followed with single into left, scoring Encarnacion and knotting the game at one.

Swisher started the fourth with a single and came around to score two batters later when Martin laced a first-pitch double into right-center field. An Eduardo Nunez base hit put runners on the corners, and Martin came home on Ramiro Pena's sacrifice fly to deep center field. After a Gardner single to right, Granderson pulled a two-run double down the first-base line to give New York a 5-1 lead.

Encarnacion worked a one-out walk, moved to third on Snider's ground-rule double and scored on Aaron Hill's sacrifice fly to right, cutting the Yankees' lead to three.

But New York got that run back in the seventh off of reliever Luis Perez. Granderson reached first on a fielder's choice, advanced to third on a base hit by Teixeira and came home on Cano's sac fly to right field.

Granderson's RBI single in the ninth extended the Yankees' cushion.

After Snider's double in the fourth inning, Yunel Escobar's walk in the sixth was the only baserunner Toronto would manage for the remainder of the game. They finished the day with just four hits and two walks.

NOTES: The Yankees recalled outfielder Chris Dickerson from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned outfielder Greg Golson to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to Sunday's game...Toronto third baseman Jose Bautista missed his third straight game with an injured ankle...Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was given the day off.


Final - 7.17.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 1 7 11 0
Toronto Blue Jays 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
WP: Phil Hughes (1 - 2)
LP: Carlos Villanueva (5 - 2)

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Yankees-Blue Jays Score: CC Sabathia Pitches New York To 4-1 Victory

After back-to-back sub-par outings by Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia, the New York Yankees needed a well-pitched game from a starting pitcher. Fortunately, the Yankees had ace CC Sabathia pitching Ssaturday against the Toronto Blue Jays, and Sabathia delivered as the Yankees won, 4-1.

Sabathia tossed eight innings of one-run ball as the Yankees took a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays in the third portion of a four-game series. The big left-hander became the first 14-game winner in the majors.

Sabathia (14-4) allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out eight to extend his personal win streak to seven straight starts.

Mariano Rivera threw a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 23rd save of the year as New York won for the third time in five games. Rivera allowed back-to-back one-out singles by Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion to put the tying run at the plate in the ninth, but Aaron Hill fanned on a high fastball and a groundout by Travis Snider ended the game.

Rajai Davis walked to leadoff the first, stole second and crossed the plate on Escobar's single up the middle to give the Jays an early 1-0 lead and end Sabathia's streak of scoreless innings at 24.

But New York answered right back in the second to take the lead. Nick Swisher hit a ground-rule double over the head of Davis in center field and Andruw Jones followed with an RBI single into left field. Brett Gardner doubled to put runners on second and third, and Eduardo Nunez's high-chopper to third brought home Jones, making it a 2-1 game.

A Curtis Granderson walk and a Robinson Cano single put runners on the corners with one out in the third. After a Swisher strikeout, Romero bounced a curveball in the dirt and Cano made a break for second. Catcher J.P. Arencibia recovered quickly, and Cano was caught in a run-down between first and second. Granderson made his way towards home during the play and Hill's throw to the plate sailed over Arencibia's head, allowing Granderson to score easily.

Gardner hustled out a double on a blooper into shallow center to start the fourth, advanced to second on a Nunez sacrifice bunt and crossed the plate on Derek Jeter's infield single to extend New York's lead to 4-1.

Toronto's best chance to get back into the game came in the fourth inning. Escobar led off the frame with a walk and that was followed by a Lind single. After Encarnacion struck out, Hill hit a hard liner to third that was grabbed by Nunez. Escobar was running on contact and was caught too far off second as Nunez made an easy toss to the bag for the inning-ending double play.

Toronto third baseman Jose Bautista missed his second straight game with an injured ankle.

-- Sports Network contributed to this report


Final - 7.16.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 1
Toronto Blue Jays 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
WP: CC Sabathia (14 - 4)
SV: Mariano Rivera (23)
LP: Ricky Romero (7 - 9)

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Yankees-Blue Jays Score: Freddy Garcia Struggles In 7-1 New York Loss

Two games after the All-Star break, two poor starts by veteran New York Yankee pitchers who were much better than expected during the first half of the season. One night after Bartolo Colon lasted just two-thirds of an inning, Freddy Garcia (7-7) struggled in a 7-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, going five innings and giving up six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits while striking out five and walking four.

The first two games after break are a disturbing sign for the Yankees, who entered the season unsure of their starting pitching but have thus far gotten much more than they could have anticipated from Garcia and Colon. Garcia had five straight quality starts prior to Friday night.

"It just seemed like he was up a little bit with his offspeed stuff tonight," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We've been talking about situations and how to get people out, that's what you have to do."

Brandon Morrow worked 6 2/3 strong innings for Toronto, giving up only one run. Morrow (6-4) scattered four hits while fanning six and walking only a pair to win his fourth straight decision.

Yunel Escobar went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while Eric Thames smacked a pair of doubles. Edwin Encarnacion, who filled in for the injured Jose Bautista at third base, added an RBI double for the Blue Jays, who extended their winning streak to five games.

Eduardo Nunez knocked in the only Yankee run with a single. Nick Swisher added two hits for the Yankees.

Toronto took the lead for good in the fourth. Travis Snider laced a one-out double down the line in right and was chased home on Encarnacion's double to for a 2-1 advantage. The Jays added another run on an RBI single by Jose Molina for a 3-1 lead.

The Blue Jays broke the game open in the fifth, plating three runs. Thames led off the inning by ripping a double to center. Escobar and Adam Lind walked to load the bases with no outs. Aaron Hill grounded into a fielder's choice to score Thames, while Escobar advanced to third. Hill then stole second to give the Jays men on second and third with one out. Snider followed with a sacrifice fly to left to score Escobar for a 5-1 advantage. Toronto plated its sixth run of the game on an arrant throw by Yankees catcher Russell Martin on a double-steal by the Blue Jays, which allowed Hill to trot home.


Final - 7.15.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 2
Toronto Blue Jays 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 1 X 7 11 1
WP: Brandon Morrow (6 - 4)
LP: Freddy Garcia (7 - 7)

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Yankees-Blue Jays Score: Toronto Routs Yankees, 16-7

It is hard to imagine a worse way for the New York Yankees to begin the second half of the 2011 season. The Yankees suffered a lopsided 16-7 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in which Toronto scored eight first-inning runs, five unearned thanks to an Eduardo Nunez error.

New York starting pitching Bartolo Colon lasted only two-thirds of inning, with a two-out error by Nunez leading to the final five runs.

The Blue Jays set a season-high in runs despite having All-Star third baseman Jose Bautista leave the game in the fourth inning with a twisted right ankle. He's day-to-day. Toronto got 20 hits against five Yankee pitchers.

The Yankees closed within 9-7 in the sixth inning, thanks mostly to two home runs and four RBI by Andruw Jones. New York, however, could not hold down Toronto's offense. The 16 runs was a season-high for the Blue Jays.

Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner each got three hits for the Yankees.


Final - 7.14.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 4 0 0 3 0 0 0 7 14 3
Toronto Blue Jays 8 1 0 0 0 2 2 3 X 16 20 0
WP: Jo-Jo Reyes (5 - 7)
LP: Bartolo Colon (6 - 5)

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J.C. Romero: Yankees Add Veteran Lefty Reliever

You know that speculation about the New York Yankees wanting to add vetern left-handed reliever J.C. Romero? Well, that has come true sooner rather than later as the Yankees today signed the 35-year-old to a minor-league contract.

Romero was released by the Philadelphia Phillies after appearing in 24 games this season. He had been pitching in the Washington Nationals minor-league system but the Nationals — apparently uninterested in bringing Romero to the big leagues — released him so he could sign with the Yankees.

The Yankees signed veteran left-hander Pedro Feliciano as a free agent to be their lefty specialist, but Feliciano has not pitched due to a shoulder injury. Lefty Damaso Marte is also on the DL.

Romero will apparently report to AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre, but the guess here is that he won’t stay long. He held left-handed hitters to a .208 batting average while with the Phillies and has held them to a .215 average for his career.

Boone Logan, the only lefty in the Yankee bullpen, has had more success against right-handed hitters (a .133 average) than against lefties, who are hitting .259 against him.

Romero could eventually replace rookie Hector Noesi or veteran long man Sergio Mitre on the pitching staff.

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