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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 10, Yankees 7




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What it means: That not even a team as resilient and dangerous as the Yankees can overcome a nine-run deficit. The Yankees fell behind 10-1 after five innings, rallied to score the next six runs but fell short to end the road trip at 4-3. Not great, but a whole lot better than you might have expected after dropping the first two games in Detroit.

Hughes-ed and abused: Phil Hughes got manhandled in a brief appearance against a Toronto lineup minus Jose Bautista, Adam Lind, Brett Lawrie and J.P. Arencibia. The makeshift crew John Farrell sent out there chased Hughes out of the Rogers Centre after just four innings in which he allowed nine hits and seven runs. It was Hughes' worst outing of the season, surpassing, if that is the right word, the seven runs the Angels scored on him in 5 1/3 innings back in May.

Bursting fourth: The Blue Jays busted open the game in the fourth inning, putting a six-spot on the board against Hughes, capped by Edwin Encarnacion's 30th home run of the season, a two-run blast that banged off the facing of the seats well beyond the left-centerfield fence and caromed back onto the field. It was the 27th home run allowed by Hughes this season, a number second only to Ervin Santana's 28. In all Hughes was raked for five hits in the inning, including two doubles.

Cleanup in Aisle 5: Called up for the day from AAA Scranton as bullpen insurance, RHP Ryota Igarashi was pressed into mop-up duty to start the fifth inning and the Jays ahead, 7-1. He only made the mess worse -- by the time the inning was finished, it was 10-1 Jays after Igarashi loaded the bases on two hits and a walk, and then cleared then by surrendering a three-run double to Rajai Davis.

Slammy Davis: Davis had a career day, with five RBIs, two doubles, a stolen base and probably the catch of the year (see below).

Rob-jai Davis: Davis' big day also featured an incredible catch in left field to rob Casey McGehee of a home run in the seventh inning. With his back to the plate, Davis at first seemed to be watching the ball leave the park, then at the last moment realized he had a shot, leaping above the rim of the 10-foot fence to snag the ball as it was headed for the Jays bullpen.

Captain Crush: Derek Jeter homered (No. 9) in the sixth inning, a healthy shot to right, to cut the Jays' lead to 10-2. It was Jeter's first home run since July 25, a span of 73 at-bats. Jeter also had an RBI double and three hits overall to raise his average to .318, highest it's been since June 15.

Cano go boom: Robinson Cano sent J.A. Happ to the showers in the sixth with a towering home run (No. 25) to right with Nick Swisher aboard to make it a 10-4 game.

Oliver twist: Just when it looked as if the Yankees were about to climb back into this one, scoring three runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings, 42-year-old Darren Oliver came in and slammed the door, striking out Curtis Granderson and McGehee in a shutdown eighth inning.

What's coming: A column on why, considering how unreliable Hughes and Ivan Nova have been lately, shutting CC Sabathia down may be the best idea Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi have come up with in a while.

Next? Flight home, followed by a seven-game homestand, four with the Texas Rangers and three with the Boston Red Sox, beginning Monday night. TBA (David Phelps 2-3, 2.42) vs. RHP Ryan Dempster (1-0, 6.35), first pitch at 7:05 p.m.