Rapid Reaction: Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4
September, 3, 2011
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: Alex Rodriguez returned after a six-game absence on Saturday, but Robinson Cano stole the show.
The Yankees' second baseman drilled a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh to put his team up, 5-4. It turned out to be the game-winner as a Yankee bullpen -- minus Rafael Soriano and Mariano Rivera -- shut down Toronto in the final three frames to seal the win. David Robertson pitched two scoreless innings to end it.
For Cano, it was RBI Nos. 100 and 101. It's the second straight season he's topped the century mark and is eight shy of his career-high (109).
NO CLAP FROM CLAPPER: Francisco Cervelli didn't clap when he reached home plate after blasting a two-run homer. Instead, he merely headed to the dugout. The home run gave the Yanks a 3-2 lead in the second.
BART'S START? NOT BAD: Bartolo Colon coughed up the 3-2 second-inning lead by giving up a triple to DeWayne Wise to lead off the third and then a scorched RBI single to left from Jose Bautista.
Colon walked off the mound with one out in the seventh on the hook for the loss after allowing a homer to Wise in the fifth, but Cano bailed him out. Overall, he allowed four runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. The veteran righty is winless in his last six starts.
FIRST HIT FOR JESUS: Much-heralded prospect Jesus Montero got his first hit in the major leagues -- a line-drive single to left in the sixth off of left-hander Ricky Romero. Montero made his second major league start on Saturday. He went 0-for-4 with a run scored and an HBP on Thursday. Montero was the DH on Saturday and hitting in the seventh hole. A-Rod was healthy enough to return after missing six games with a strained left thumb.
WHAT'S NEXT: CC Sabathia takes the mound on Sunday against the Jays on regular rest after throwing a season-high 128 pitches in Boston on Tuesday. Sabathia (18-7, 2.99 ERA) is 2-0 with a 2.65 ERA against Toronto. He will face Jays lefty Brett Cecil (4-7, 4.51).