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Jeter, Rodriguez reach milestones as Yankees roll

Jul 12, 2008 - 11:40 PM TORONTO (Ticker) -- With the offense slumping of late, Derek Jeter did not wait long to set the tone for the New York Yankees on Saturday.

Jeter hit career home run No. 200 on the second pitch of the game and the Yankees busted out of their offensive doldrums with a 9-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Alex Rodriguez moved into 13th place on the all-time home run list, passing Mickey Mantle with the 537th of his career, and he, Jeter and rookie Brett Gardner each had three RBI for the Yankees, who had scored just four runs over their previous three games.

"We needed to play well," Jeter said. "We have an important game tomorrow, but today we swung the bats pretty good."

After Jeter led off the game with a home run, Toronto took a 4-1 lead in the bottom half of the first, with Adam Lind's three-run triple to right-center field capping the uprising.

But New York came right back in the second as Gardner hit an RBI single with the bases loaded and Jeter reached on an error by second baseman Marco Scutaro that scored a run and cut the deficit to 4-3. Two batters later, Rodriguez hit a two-out, two-run single to center to give the Yankees the lead.

"We didn't pitch well, we didn't play defense," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "We'll put it behind us and move on."

Gardner hit a two-run single in the third and Jeter followed with a run-scoring base hit of his own as the Yankees built an 8-4 lead and knocked Blue Jays starter Jesse Litsch (8-6) out of the game. Litsch allowed eight runs - three earned - and seven hits in just 2 2/3 innings.

"The team got a lead after the first inning, and I gave it back," Litsch said. "It pretty well put a dagger back in us."

Rodriguez led off the fourth with his 19th homer of the season, completing the scoring.

"Mickey Mantle was such an American icon here for so many years, for so many people all over the world," Rodriguez said of his milestone blast. "I'm very blessed."

Yankees starter Darrell Rasner (5-7) benefited from the run support and snapped a three-game personal losing streak, allowing four runs - three earned - in five innings. The righthander gave up seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

Four relievers combined to throw four hitless innings, securing the win.

"We didn't play a good ballgame today," Gaston said. "We'll put it behind us and see if we can win tomorrow."






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    Yankees 9, Blue Jays 4  FinalJul 12 8:56 PM


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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    NY YANKEES 1 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 11 2
    TORONTO 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: NYY - DARRELL RASNER, EDWAR RAMIREZ (6TH), JOSE VERAS (7TH), KYLE
    FARNSWORTH (8TH), LATROY HAWKINS (9TH) AND CHAD MOELLER
    TOR - JESSE LITSCH, BRIAN TALLET (3RD), BR

    Jul 12 4:27 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ (19) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF BRIAN TALLET.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 9, TORONTO 4
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J GIAMBI (.251, 0-FOR-2)

    Yankees 9, Blue Jays 4  Top 4, 0 OutsJul 12 2:32 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DEREK JETER SCORED BRETT GARDNER.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D JETER ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 8
    TORONTO 4 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: B ABREU (.271, 0-FOR-2)

    Yankees 8, Blue Jays 4  Top 3, 0 OutsJul 12 2:17 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRETT GARDNER SCORED ROBINSON CANO AND MELKY
    CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B GARDNER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 7
    TORONTO 4 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: D JETER (.287, 1-FOR-2, HR, 2 RBI)

    Yankees 7, Blue Jays 4  Top 3, 0 OutsJul 12 2:14 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ SCORED CHAD MOELLER AND BRETT
    GARDNER.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, A RODRIGUEZ ON FIRST, D JETER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 5
    TORONTO 4 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J GIAMBI (.252, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees 5, Blue Jays 4  Top 2, 0 OutsJul 12 1:51 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY DEREK JETER SCORED MELKY CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D JETER ON FIRST, B GARDNER ON SECOND, C
    MOELLER ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3
    TORONTO 4 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: B ABREU (.271, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees 3, Blue Jays 4  Top 2, 0 OutsJul 12 1:46 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRETT GARDNER SCORED JORGE POSADA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B GARDNER ON FIRST, C MOELLER ON SECOND, M
    CABRERA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 2
    TORONTO 4 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: D JETER (.288, 1-FOR-1, HR, RBI)

    Yankees 2, Blue Jays 4  Top 2, 0 OutsJul 12 1:43 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY ADAM LIND SCORED MARCO SCUTARO, LYLE OVERBAY AND
    BRAD WILKERSON.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, A LIND ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 1
    TORONTO 4 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: G ZAUN (.248, 5 HR, 19 RBI)

    Yankees 1, Blue Jays 4  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 12 1:33 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARCO SCUTARO SCORED JOE INGLETT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M SCUTARO ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 1
    TORONTO 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: L OVERBAY (.272, 6 HR, 35 RBI)

    Yankees 1, Blue Jays 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 12 1:21 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    NY YANKEES 1 1 1 0
    TORONTO 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYY - DARRELL RASNER
    TOR - JESSE LITSCH

    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: J INGLETT (.307, 2 HR, 18 RBI)
    M SCUTARO (.258, 2 HR, 27 RBI)
    L OVERBAY (.272, 6 HR, 35 RBI)

    Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 12 1:15 PM
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