- Andrew Marchand, ESPN Senior Writer
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TORONTO -- The Yankees lose two of three to the last-place Blue Jays after another putrid offensive performance. The Yankees scored six runs in the entire series.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees needed to come into Toronto and sweep. If they had done that, they would be right in the middle of this wild-card race. Instead, they lost two of three and will trail Texas and Tampa by 3 1/2 games, if the Rangers hang on to their big lead this evening against the Rays. They ended this important 10-game road trip at 4-6.
The Yankees still have Tampa for three games next week, but they basically have to run the table in their final nine. Since they couldn't even beat the Blue Jays, no one can have much faith.
WHERE THEY STAND: Here are the latest standings.
HIRO TROUBLE: Hiroki Kuroda escaped trouble all night. The Blue Jays were right on him, but he escaped for the most part. In the third, Jose Reyes nailed an RBI double and scored on a groundout. After a single and a couple of walks, Kuroda was about to be lit up. Instead, he struck out Ryan Goins to end the inning with just the two runs scored.
THE GRANDY MAN CAN: The Yankees had no offense for the first five innings. Against Todd Redmond, they had doubles by Chris Stewart in the third and Robinson Cano in the fourth, but couldn't score. In the sixth, they finally got on the board when Curtis Granderson hit his seventh homer of the season.
GIVING IT RIGHT BACK: In the bottom of the sixth, Kuroda allowed No. 9 hitter Anthony Gose to answer with a solo shot. Kuroda is a pro's pro and did well to give up just three runs on his eight hits and four walks in six innings without dominant stuff.
JOBA CRUSHED: Joe Girardi turned to Joba Chamberlain in the seventh. That didn't work.
Chamberlain gave up a walk, a single and then a three-run homer to Adam Lind. The man who was supposed to be the next Roger Clemens or the heir to Mariano Rivera will be spending his final homestand as a Yankee as a mop-up man.
WHERE'S THE ENERGY: In the second, it appeared Alfonso Soriano nailed a double into the left-field corner, but he didn't really run that hard. Not sure if there is some sort of injury or just lack of effort, but Gose threw a bullet from the corner and nailed Soriano.
MO's GIFT: The Blue Jays showed a video montage of highlights from Mariano Rivera's career and then gave him a $10,000 check toward his foundation and a small sculpture of a fisherman reeling his catch. Rivera's father was a fisherman.
A-ROD WATCH: Alex Rodriguez is slumping. He is currently in a 1-for-22 funk after an 0-for-3, one-walk night.