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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 2, Yankees 0

By Andrew Marchand



TORONTO -- The Yankees' offense had nothing against R.A. Dickey and two relievers, while Andy Pettitte was masterful, but not perfect, in a 2-0 loss.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees are wasting all their chances to win a wild-card spot. They have lost four straight. Now, they may need to go 10-1 in their final 11 to make the playoffs. There are few believers left -- and it is unclear if there are many, if any, in that clubhouse.

ANDY DANDY: Pettitte did his part, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing just one run. Pettitte, after 110 pitches, left in the seventh with no run support and then no relief. The first batter Shawn Kelley faced, Rajai Davis, went yard.

Pettitte has been the Yankees' ace down the stretch. In his past eight starts, he has a 2.02 ERA. The 41-year-old may have only two more starts left in his career. His next one will be Sunday in the Bronx, the day the Yankees are honoring Mariano Rivera. After that, he is scheduled to start in Houston, which is near his hometown of Deer Park, Texas. If this is it for Pettitte, he is going out in style.

FIRST BLOOD: Colby Rasmus hit a long solo homer to right in the fourth to give the Blue Jays the first run of the game. It was Rasmus' 21st on the season.

LEAVING 'EM LOADED: In the first, the Yankees loaded the bases against Dickey. With two outs, Robinson Cano singled, Alfonso Soriano doubled and Lyle Overbay walked on a 3-2 call that Dickey -- rightfully -- had a problem with. That set up Mark Reynolds, who was not exactly the ideal choice for the Yankees in that spot. Reynolds entered the at-bat 0-for-12 against Dickey with three strikeouts. After his 13th at-bat, it was four strikeouts.

AND THEN TWO MORE: In the second, the Yankees got two more men on with two outs. A Chris Stewart walk and a Curtis Granderson single set up Alex Rodriguez, who bounced out.

NO ONE LEFT ON IN THE THIRD, FOURTH, FIFTH, SIXTH & SEVENTH: All three Yankees (Cano, Soriano and Overbay) struck out swinging in the third. After a Reynolds single to lead off the fourth, Ichiro Suzuki hit into a double play and Brendan Ryan grounded out. In the fifth, the Yanks went three up, three down with A-Rod striking out looking to end the inning. In the sixth and seventh, Dickey retired the side in order.

DICKEY OUT: In the eighth, Dickey left the game. Against Sergio Santos, Granderson reached on an error with one out. He went nowhere, though, as A-Rod struck out looking and Cano grounded out, 1-3.

CASEY FINISHES IT: In the ninth, Casey Janssen picked up the save. He allowed a one-out Overbay single before Reynolds and Ichiro struck out.

CLASSIC PETTITTE: If this is the end for Pettitte, he will be remembered for how he could escape trouble. After a one-out double by Jose Reyes, Pettitte went to work in the third. He first got Davis to line to right. At third, Ryan Goins smartly didn't test Ichiro's arm. Ichiro threw a one-hop strike. Next, Pettitte made Brett Lawrie fly out to center. Inning over.

In the sixth, trailing 1-0, Pettitte allowed two runners to reach base with two outs. He then struck out Goins.

DEFENSE: In the bottom of the eighth, Anthony Gose hit a gapper off David Robertson. The Yankees nailed Adam Lind trying to score from first behind an impressive relay throw from Ryan from short left.

STANDINGS: Your latest wild-card standings.