In the top of the fifth, Brett Gardner tripled to center. This time it was Jeter’s turn to drive in a run, as he hit the ball to third and Gardner made it home to give the Yankees a 3-1 edge. The score stayed the same through the seventh inning, but the Yankees added some insurance in the eighth.
A single by Jeter got things going and Swisher followed with a single of his own. Greg Golson replaced Swisher and Teixeira worked a walk to juice the bases. Rodriguez walked, bringing Jeter home. Robinson Cano then drove sac fly to left, scoring Golson and putting the Yankees ahead 5-1.
New York picked up another run in the ninth and Sabathia, who was still under 100 pitches, started the ninth. Snider singled and Yunel Escobar walked before Sabathia got Jose Bautista out on a long fly ball. Girardi decided it was time to bring Sabathia out and Mariano Rivera entered the game for the last two outs.
Having trouble finding much wrong with this game so we’ll just go with this: Cano, Berkman and Granderson all went 0-3. Cano did have a RBI on a sac fly, however.
Derek Jeter: The Captain led the way on offense, playing a key role in most of the Yankees scoring opportunities. He went 2-4 with three runs scored and a RBI.
Brett Gardner: Gardner went 2-4 with a run scored and a triple.
Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod went 1-3 with two RBIs.
In The On Deck Circle:
The Yankees have not officially tapped a starter for tomorrow, though Girardi and Pettitte have both confirmed that Andy will not be the starter as originally planned. According to Mark Feinsand it will be Javier Vazquez. Brett Cecil will take the ball for Toronto. He held Baltimore to two earned runs on eleven hits on Friday. He is 3-1 against the Yankees with a 4.21 ERA. Cecil has a 3-0 record in September, but his ERA is 7.40 for the month. First pitch will be at the Rogers Centre at 7:07pm. Anyone want to make a guess at what the Yankees lineup will look like?