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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Yankees 3, Blue Jays 2

By Andrew Marchand

NEW YORK -- The Yankees swept the doubleheader when Jayson Nix nailed a game-ending RBI single in the ninth for the 3-2 win. For his efforts, Brett Gardner dumped a bucket of Gatorade over his head.

After Mark Reynolds led off the ninth with a walk. Ichiro Suzuki pinch ran, advanced to second on an Eduardo Nunez sacrifice bunt and went to third on a stolen base.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees have won eight of their past 10.

IN THE NIX OF TIME: With the Yankees down a run in the seventh, Nix nailed a solo homer off Jays starter Mark Buehrle. Nix's third homer of the year tied the game at two.

A-ROD WATCH: With one out in the eighth and the game tied, Robinson Cano reached on an infield single and went to second when reliever Aaron Loup threw the ball away. Next, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons intentionally walked Alfonso Soriano to bring up Alex Rodriguez.

Gibbons turned to righty Sergio Santos to face Rodriguez. A-Rod grounded into a rally-crushing, inning-ending double play. He was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

In the first game of the doubleheader, A-Rod went 1-3 with walk and a run scored. Both of his outs were strikeouts.

HUGHES-FUL: Phil Hughes pitched well at Yankee Stadium for the first time in a long time. Hughes went six innings and gave up just two runs on seven hits. He struck out six and walked two.

Hughes entered with just horrific results this season in the Bronx; especially recently. He was winless in his past nine starts at the Stadium, going 0-8 with a 7.46 ERA. Of his 23 homers he allowed going into Tuesday, 17 had come at Yankee Stadium. He did not give up any long balls on Tuesday.

26TH MAN: Preston Claiborne, called up as the extra player on the roster because of the day-night doubleheader, entered with a man on second and one out in the seventh. He got out of the inning without allowing the runner to score. He then pitched a scoreless eighth.

You have to wonder if the Yankees might consider releasing Joba Chamberlain and sticking with Claiborne. Claiborne has been clearly better than Chamberlain this year. Chamberlain once again couldn't handle even mop-up duties in Game 1 of the doubleheader.

While Claiborne has minor league options, Chamberlain, a free agent at the end of the season, does not.

MO BEING MO: Mariano Rivera allowed two runners in the ninth, but no runs to put the Yankees in position to win in regulation and got the win.