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Sheffield homers to help keep Small unbeaten

TORONTO (AP) -- Gary Sheffield did his job on a day he dealt with
controversy.

Sheffield homered, and journeyman Aaron Small won again to lead
the New York Yankees to a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on
Friday night.

Sheffield, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez faced questions before
the game about an interview Sheffield gave to New York magazine in
which he strongly suggested he was the leader of the team.
Sheffield also said Friday that Jeter is the captain of the
Yankees, but not the leader.

Manager Joe Torre said he would talk to Sheffield about his
comments.

There didn't seem to be a problem with those involved as Jeter
led off the game with a triple off the top of the wall in right.
One out later, Sheffield hit a two-run homer, his 22nd, off Gustavo
Chacin (11-6).

"He certainly doesn't shy away from any controversy or back off
the way he feels just because it makes somebody else happy," Torre
said. "But he knows what his job is. No matter what the situation
or what the talk is, he still goes after it."

Sheffield rushed out of the clubhouse after the game without
talking to the media.

Small (3-0) has helped stabilize the back of the Yankees'
battered rotation, winning three of his four starts since being
brought up from the minors July 17. The 33-year-old right-hander
hadn't started a major league game since 1996 before last month,
but injuries to Kevin Brown, Carl Pavano and Chien-Ming Wang forced
the Yankees to search for starters.

"I know I'm an insurance policy. I've been that for the last
six or seven years," Small said. "This has been a dream come
true. After my first start at Yankee stadium I said 'Don't pinch
me, I don't want to wake up,' but now it's serious time and I want
to help this team any way I can."

Small allowed one run and seven hits, striking out two and
walking two in 6 1/3 innings. He benefited from two inning-ending
double plays, including one with the bases loaded in the fifth.

"We had our chances tonight, we let it slip away," said
Toronto catcher Gregg Zaun, who hit into an inning-ending double
play in the sixth.

New York reliever Tanyon Sturtze gave up a run in the ninth, and
Mariano Rivera got the last out for his 28th straight save since
blowing his first two chances in the season-opening series against
Boston.

Russ Adams drove in both runs for the Blue Jays with two RBI
singles.

Bernie Williams singled and Andy Philips and Jeter walked before
Robinson Cano hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to give New York a
3-0 lead.

Chacin allowed three runs and six hits and issued a career-high
six walks in five innings. The rookie left-hander won his previous
five starts.

Small loaded the bases in the fifth, but escaped the jam when
Frank Catalanotto hit into an inning-ending double play. Vernon
Wells doubled and Shea Hillenbrand singled in sixth, but Small
induced the double play from Zaun.

Eric Hinske doubled in the seventh before Adams chased Small
with his run-scoring single.

Jeter and Jorge Posada had RBI singles in the eighth to extend
New York's lead to 5-1, and Tony Womack added a sacrifice fly in
the ninth.

Game notes
The attendance of 43,688 was Toronto's largest crowd since
opening day. ... Fans booed when a Yankees fan proposed to his
girlfriend on the videoboard. ... Toronto ace Roy Halladay will not
return from the disabled list on Sunday as the club had hoped.
Halladay was expected to come back from his fractured left leg and
start Sunday against New York, but he is still experiencing pain
while planting his foot during his delivery.