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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Postgame notes: Sori, A-Rod, and Nunie

By Wallace Matthews

TORONTO -- The Yankees won a game tonight, 7-1, but the real news was made in a hospital emergency room, where X-rays of Robinson Cano's left hand, hit by a J.A. Happ pitch in the first inning, came back negative, helping the Yankees to avoid a possibly crippling blow to their playoff hopes.

But now that Cano is no longer a concern, let's take a look at the other highlights tonight:

Alfonso Soriano
Alfonso Soriano homered twice in the Yankees' 7-1 win over Toronto.
-- Alfonso Soriano had a huge night, with home runs in his first two at-bats. The first one, a three-run blast in the first inning, gave the Yankees an insurmountable 4-0 lead. The second, a solo shot in the third, was the 400th of his career, and his 11th as a Yankee in just 120 at-bats.

“I didn’t want the same thing that happened when I got my 2,000h hit," Soriano said, recalling his struggles to reach that milestone earlier this month. "As soon as I got the first one, I just put in my mind, ‘Let me swing if I see something close to the home plate, try to hit another one and get it out of the way.’ Thank God it happened.”

-- Alex Rodriguez moved one homer closer to Willie Mays with his fourth homer of the season in the seventh inning, No. 651 for his career. But A-Rod said he is not thinking about catching the Say Hey Kid, an accomplishment that will also pay him a contractually-stipulated $6 million bonus.

"These games are so important for us and I’m still so far away from that," he said. "Like I said, we need these wins like oxygen. One thing this team is going to do is leave it all out there for the next 30, 31 days, maximum effort. I like our lineup, the way we have lefty righty all the way through and we’re helping each other out."

-- A-Rod and Derek Jeter had some fun at the expense of Eduardo Nunez, who crumpled to the turf for no apparent reason while trying to turn a double play in the eighth inning. According to Nunez, Jeter, who fielded Jose Reyes' grounder but found he had no one to flip it to, looked incredulously at Nunez and asked, "Are you kidding me?"

And A-Rod shouted over from third, "Who shot you?"

Nunez later said he caught a spike in a seam in the artificial turf and injured his knee. He hopes to play tomorrow.

-- The win was the Yankees' 13th in 15 games against the Blue Jays this season, the most times they have ever beaten them in a single season, and they still get four more cracks at them.