- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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WHAT IT MEANS: The New York Yankees' 11-inning defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday didn't do much to hurt them in the standings. They're still 20 games over .500 and in control of their destiny in the AL East. But it may have cost New York in the long run.
That's because slugging first baseman Mark Teixeira left the game in the fourth inning with a Grade 1 calf strain.
The first baseman suffered the injury while running out of the batter's box on a foul ball. He stayed in the game, worked a walk and eventually scored on Russell Martin's single to right. He said the strain tightened up on him while he was on the base paths.
Manager Joe Girardi said he doesn't expect Teixeira to play in the rest of this series. His availability for the next series, against Baltimore, is also in question.
Teixeira is hitting .255 with 23 homers and 81 RBIs this season, so he would leave a sizable void in the Yanks' lineup.
LATE-INNING DRAMA: Captain Clutch? Of course. Jeter bailed out closer Rafael Soriano with a solo homer to right to tie the game at 7-7 in the ninth. The normally reliable Soriano blew the lead a half-inning earlier by allowing a three-run homer to Colby Rasmus, which erased a 6-4 Yankees lead.
For Jeter, Monday's blast was his 12th ever in the ninth inning or later and the first of which that ever tied a game.
The Jays broke the 7-7 tie in the top of the 11th thanks to some sloppy Yankees fielding. Mike McCoy, running for Yorvit Torrealba, went from first to third on a botched pickoff from Derek Lowe to first baseman Eric Chavez.
McCoy scored when Adeiny Hechavarria tapped a slow roller to Jayson Nix at third. Nix fielded and fired to Chavez to get Hechavarria at first, but McCoy broke for the plate at the perfect time and beat Chavez's throw to the plate.
The Yanks couldn't get a run across in the bottom of the 11th.
TWICE IS NICE FOR CANO: Robinson Cano entered play Monday with a homerless streak of 38 at-bats. He snapped it in the first inning with a solo shot off of Toronto starter Henderson Alvarez and added another when he lined a low fastball from Alvarez over the wall in right in the fourth.
Cano has 27 homers on the season. Monday was his second multihomer game of the year. His most recent one was in June against Johan Santana and the Mets.
D-ROB DELIVERS AFTER WIFE'S DELIVERY: Less than 12 hours after his wife, Erin, gave birth to Luke Joseph Robertson, David Robertson was on the Yankee Stadium mound. He gave up two hits and struck out one in a scoreless eighth and left to loud ovations.