Final

Series: Game 1 of 2

Toronto leads 1-0 (as of 4/18)

Game 1: Tuesday, April 18
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Toronto10
Game 2: Wednesday, April 19
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Yankees 5

(6-7, 3-7 away)

Blue Jays 10

(7-6, 4-3 home)

7:07 PM ET, April 18, 2006

Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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W: G. Chacin (3-0)

L: R. Johnson (2-2)

Blue Jays topple Yanks, oust Big Unit after 3 1/3 innings

TORONTO (AP) -- If Randy Johnson is hurt, he's not telling.

Johnson couldn't hold a four-run lead and was chased in the fourth inning of the Toronto Blue Jays' 10-5 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

Johnson, 42, said he felt great in the warmup and shook his head when asked if he was hurt.

"I just didn't execute my pitches and I paid the price," Johnson said. "It's just one of those games where you take it on the chin."

Troy Glaus homered twice and Alex Rios tied a career high with four RBI for the Blue Jays.

Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi hit back-to-back homers in the first for New York -- helping Johnson (2-2) to a 4-0 lead -- but the Big Unit allowed seven runs and nine hits in just 3 1/3 innings.

Johnson lasted just five innings in his last start, raising some concerns about his health.

"He's honest with us. Last time he was said he was tired," New York manager Joe Torre said. "Tonight he had no complaints. He's been around long enough. He's certainly not going to try to fool anybody especially if his health is an issue."

Catcher Kelly Stinnett said Johnson might be going through a dead arm period.

"He was dragging a little bit. His arm wasn't as high as I've seen in the past. His fastball didn't quite have the bite and the ball was staying flat in the zone," Stinnett said.

"He throws a lot of innings and he's thrown a lot of innings already this year in spring training. Sometimes you go through a dead arm period. That's just part of pitching. You throw so much."

Stinnett said they'll go over film on Wednesday to see if he was tipping pitches.

Glaus went 3-for-4 with three RBI and scored three runs for the Blue Jays, who spent the offseason remaking their roster in the hopes of finally competing with New York.

Yankees right fielder Gary Sheffield drew jeers in the seventh when he dropped a fly ball for error, allowing Bengie Molina to reach.

Molina later scored on Shawn Chacon's wild pitch, giving Toronto a 10-5 lead.

Rios platoons with Eric Hinske in right, but he's making a case to play every day. His two-run drive off Johnson in the second gave Toronto a 6-4 lead.

Rios is 6-for-11 in his career against Johnson. The 25-year-old is among the league leaders with a .395 average and has five home runs.

"We have a pretty good team that can compete this year," Rios said.

Toronto starter Gustavo Chacin (3-0) settled down after allowing four runs in the first. He gave up five runs and seven hits, while striking out three and walking one in six innings. The 25-year-old was one of a record seven Venezuelan pitchers starting in the majors Tuesday night.

"It's great. Seven starters is awesome. We got a lot of Venezuelan players in the big leagues," Chacin said. "I'm going to watch the highlights."

Glaus hit a two-run homer off Johnson in the first and a solo drive off Chacon in seventh -- the 19th multihomer game of his career and his first since Sept. 11, 2005, at Colorado.

Derek Jeter tripled in the first and scored on Sheffield's RBI single. Rodriguez and Giambi followed with homers on consecutive pitches, giving New York a 4-0 lead.

Johnson, however, allowed Reed Johnson to single in the bottom half and score on Rios' RBI double. One batter later, Glaus homered into the second deck in left -- cutting the lead to 4-3.

Toronto's Lyle Overbay led off the second with a single and advanced to third on Aaron Hill's double. Overbay scored on John McDonald's sacrifice fly. One batter later, Rios homered to left to give Toronto the lead for good.

Johnson was late going to first on a grounder to first baseman Giambi in the third and Giambi threw over the head of the pitcher for an error, allowing Molina to score Toronto's seventh run.

Rios' sacrifice fly in the sixth gave Toronto a 8-4 lead.

Game notes


New York CF Johnny Damon robbed Vernon Wells twice with two leaping catches at the wall. After crashing face first in the fourth, Damon came up smiling and pointed to Wells, who ended up 0-for-3 -- ending his 12-game hitting streak. ... Attendance was 48,776. ... Johnson had trouble against Toronto last season, going 0-2 with a 6.14 ERA in three starts. ... New York RHP Octavio Dotel (elbow surgery) allowed one hit and struck out one over one scoreless inning in his first extended spring training game. "I've been working hard to get to here," Dotel said. "At this point everything feels good. I hope tomorrow I feel good too, but as far as how I feel, it's nice. Let's see how it goes." Dotel's fastball reached 93 mph and is scheduled for another extended game Friday. ... New York's Carl Pavano (bruised buttocks) played catch and is slated for his second bullpen session in three days Wednesday.

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