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Saturday, April 20, 2013
Postgame notes: Kelley, Rivera and Wells

By Wallace Matthews

TORONTO -- OK, so Hiroki Kuroda pitched 7 1/3 strong innings, Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan each got two key outs, and Mariano Rivera picked up his fifth save of the season.

But who got the win on Saturday?

If you said Shawn Kelley, give yourself a prize. The little-used right-handed middle reliever walked off with the W, and rightfully so, after coming into the bottom of the 10th inning with the winning run on second base and getting two tough hitters, Rajai Davis and Melky Cabrera, to end the inning. Kelley got some help from the Blue Jays -- Davis jumped on the first pitch, popping out to third, and Cabrera swung at the second, grounding out meekly to first -- but it was a high-intensity situation for a guy who's normally used in low-pressure spots.

The incomparable Rivera got hit hard by the first two batters he faced -- Jose Bautista doubled to left, and Edwin Encarnacion lined out to Ichiro Suzuki. But Rivera settled down to the strike out the next two hitters, ending the game by freezing Brett Lawrie with a cutter on the corner. It was his fifth save of the season -- matching his total for his injury-abbreviated 2012 season -- and No. 613 of his career.

Former Blue Jay Vernon Wells hit his second homer in two days here, and fifth in nine career games as an opposing player at the Rogers Centre, which he called home for the first 12 seasons of his career. Wellso also had two singles, and as always drew some vocal disaffection from the crowd that once cheered him. "They keep calling me by my old nickname," Wells said. "Boo."

The Yankees go for a series sweep on Sunday, and Ivan Nova (1-1, 5.59) gets the start against righty Josh Johnson (0-1, 6.91), first pitch at 1:07 p.m.