The Yankees have missed strong starting pitching lately, but CC Sabathia put some fears to rest by dominating the Blue Jays’ lineup into the ninth inning. New York used some small ball to pick up some early runs as Sabathia proved too much for Toronto. At the end of the night, the Yankees had a 6-1 victory, but more importantly they had punched their ticket to the playoffs.
Derek Jeter got the game started for New York with a single to center. Mark Teixeira singled to right, moving Jeter to third. Alex Rodriguez drove a sac fly to right, bringing Jeter home for the first run of the game.
Jeter walked to start the third and moved to second on a wild pitch. Nick Swisher moved Jeter on a sac bunt and Teixeira drove a sac fly to center as Jeter crossed the plate again, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Travis Snider got Toronto on the board with a solo homer in the bottom of the third, but the Blue Jays were unable to do much else against the Yankees’ ace.
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