Rapid Reaction: Yankees 5, Blue Jays 4
May, 24, 2011
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees can come back after all.
Mark Teixeira delivered a walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, capping a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
The Yanks (26-21) came into Tuesday night's game 1-18 when trailing after eight innings, but rallied for two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth to secure an impressive victory.
INNINGS EATER: Left-hander CC Sabathia gave up three runs in the top of the fourth inning, but settled down from there. Sabathia went the distance, keeping the Yankees in the game and allowing them to come back.
His line: 9 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
THE GRANDYMAN CAN: Curtis Granderson went 4-for-5 at the plate with a game-tying single with two outs in the ninth. He scored on Teixeira's game-winning hit.
CAN-O-T: What has happened to Robinson Cano? Regarded as one of the premier defenders in the game last season, Cano recorded his fifth error of 2011 on Tuesday night, failing to squeeze a flip from Teixeira in the fourth. Cano committed just three errors in the entire 2010 season.
S-WISHING FOR A HIT: After sitting out the past two games as he tried to find his lost left-handed swing, Nick Swisher was back in the lineup, but went 0-for-4. All of his at-bats came from the right side of the plate.
OH CANADA! Russell Martin -- an East York, Ontario native -- connected for his ninth home run of the season off Romero with one out in the bottom of the second, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Martin also delivered an RBI single in the eighth, bringing the Bombers within 4-3.
JETER METER: Derek Jeter remains stuck on 2,975 career hits after an 0-for-5 evening at the plate. He killed a potential rally in the bottom of the seventh, grounding into a double play with runners on first and second. He also followed up Jorge Posada's pinch-hit one-out double in the ninth by grounding out to third.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Yankees and Blue Jays finish off their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon. Veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia (2-4, 3.12) will get the ball for the Bombers. He'll be opposed by left-hander Jo Jo Reyes (0-3, 4.07). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.