Rapid Reaction: Yankees 4, Blue Jays 2
August, 21, 2013
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- The Yankees won as Alfonso Soriano hit the go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth, while Ichiro Suzuki picked up career hit No. 4,000.
WHAT IT MEANS: With the win, the Yankees are just four games back in the wild card. They go for the four-game sweep of the Blue Jays on Thursday afternoon.
SORIANO AGAIN: Soriano continues to amaze as he went deep off R.A. Dickey in the eighth. The two-run blast unlocked a tied game.
ICHIRO 4K: Ichiro became the third player in the highest levels of professional baseball to have 4,000 hits. While Pete Rose and Ty Cobb got all their hits in the major leagues, Ichiro's are combined from his time in Japan and America. No. 4K came on a shot he poked past third baseman Brett Lawrie and into left. To read more about Ichiro's accomplishment, here is my news story and Jim Caple's commentary.
NIX HURT: Jayson Nix, the hero from Tuesday night, fractured his left hand on Wednesday and very well could be done for the season. Nix took a Dickey 80 mph fastball off the hand. He tried to stay, but was forced to leave the game. For more, read Kieran Darcy's full story.
BACK AND FORTH: The Yankees and Blue Jays traded runs in the second. The Yankees scored on an Austin Romine sacrifice fly. They would take the lead in the fourth on a Curtis Granderson RBI single. In the fourth, ex-Met Josh Thole homered.
SHORT WORK: Adam Warren pitched into the fourth and gave up the Thole homer before coming out. Joe Girardi knew it would likely be a short night for Warren, because he was not that stretched out as a long man and had to warm up late Tuesday night.
HUFFING & PUFFING: In relief of Warren, lefty David Huff made a huge contribution. Huff threw five innings of one-hit, scoreless baseball and made a nifty glove flip to first in the eighth that should be on a "SportsCenter" near you.
ONE MO TIME: Mariano Rivera picked up his 37th save.
A-ROD WATCH: Alex Rodriguez had the night off with a day game on Thursday. He still made some big news.
TIME OF GAME: 2:36