The Yankees started their doubleheader by sending Andy Pettitte to the mound for the first time since he was injured in June. He looked sharp in his first inning, striking out Rajai Davis to start. With Derek Jeter out of the lineup for the day game, Ichiro Suzuki took the lead-off position and promptly lined a single to right. Nick Swisher, looking to break out of an 0-10 skid, fouled the ball off his foot but battled back before driving a single to right and putting runners on the corners. Cano followed with a double over the head of Colby Rasmus, plating Ichiro for the first run of the day. Swisher scored on a ground ball by Alex Rodriguez and Cano came home on a sac fly from Curtis Granderson, despite a strong throw by Rasmus, giving the Yankees an early 3-0 advantage.
Pettitte found himself in a little trouble in the second, walking Moises Sierra and allowing a hit to Adieny Hechavarria. With runners on the corners and two outs, Pettitte got Anthony Gose to ground out to first, keeping the Blue Jays scoreless. Davis started the third with a single that deflected off Eric Chavez and Brett Lawrie smacked the ball to Swisher at first. Instead of taking the easy inning-ending double play ball, Swish dropped the ball and flung it towards Pettitte at first. Luckily, no one scored and the next ball was a grounder to Cano who stepped on second and threw out Lind to end the inning.
The Bombers had a chance to add some insurance in the bottom of the sixth. Cano hit a one out single to center, giving the Yankees a baserunner. Rodriguez worked a full count, but watched strike three cross the plate. Cano tried to steal second and looked like he would be waiting on third for Granderson after a bad throw by Jeff Mathis. Instead, the home plate umpire called him out, as Rodriguez had begun to walk to the dugout, interfering with the Toronto catcher’s throw. A leadoff double by Hechavarria gave the Blue Jays a chance to get on the board in the top of the seventh. A nice catch by Chavez in foul territory gave the Yankees their first out and two fly balls to center kept the Yankee lead intact.
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