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Hughes tries to get Yanks right vs. Jays

Sep 30, 2012 - 2:10 PM (Sports Network) - The New York Yankees need a big effort from Phil Hughes on Sunday if they plan on maintaining at least a share of the American League East lead. For that to happen, though, Hughes will need to reverse his recent fortunes north of the border when the Yankees close out a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

New York lost sole possession of first place in the division on Saturday, as Rajai Davis went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and an RBI single, and Toronto held the Yankees scoreless after the first inning to earn a 3-2 victory.

The Yankees, who have lost two of the first three in this set, fell into a tie with Baltimore atop the AL East with four games remaining. The Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-3, Saturday night.

New York's magic number to clinch a playoff berth remains at two. After Sunday's series finale, the Yankees will host the Red Sox for their final three games of the regular season.

Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero exited after the third inning with a knee injury, and five Blue Jays relievers combined to allow only three hits and two walks to carry the club to its fourth win in six games.

Shawn Hill (1-0) hurled three hitless innings to earn the win.

"An outstanding job by the bullpen today," Blue Jays manager John Farrell commented. "Ricky was suffering from some discomfort in that left kneecap area, just above it, where the quadricep attaches to it."

Andy Pettitte (5-4), who tossed 11 scoreless frames in his previous two starts off the disabled list, surrendered three runs on five hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings to take the loss.

"We had plenty of opportunities today to get some runs. We just didn't get it done," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Hughes, meanwhile, has lost both of his starts in Toronto this season and has allowed nine runs in 9 1/3 innings of those outings. He's 2-2 in five starts against them this season, but beat the Jays two starts ago, as he allowed four runs and struck out nine in five innings.

The 26-year-old right-hander had a three-start winning streak stopped on Tuesday against lowly Minnesota, which reached him for four runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He is 16-13 on the year with a 4.10 ERA.

"There are some games when you deserve to win and you don't, and some games when you don't deserve to win and you do," Hughes said afterward. "That's just kind of the way it goes. I've been a recipient of some run support, which is nice. It's nice to get wins, but it's better for a team to get wins, especially at a time when you really need them."

Toronto will counter with righty Henderson Alvarez, who is 9-14 with a 4.91 ERA. Alvarez lost for the seventh time in nine decisions on Monday in Baltimore, as he allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Alvarez lost to the Yankees two starts ago and is 0-1 i four starts against them with a 5.64 ERA.

New York has won 10 of 17 from the Jays this season.








  • NEW YORK: 9
    TORONTO: 6
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    Sep 30 4:34 PM


  • Yunel Escobar grounded into a double play, short to second to first scored Brett Lawrie. Colby Rasmus out at second. Rajai Davis advances to third. Runner on third with two outs and Adam Lind due up.

    Yankees 9, Blue Jays 6  Bot 9, 2 OutsSep 30 4:32 PM
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  • Curtis Granderson singled to right scored Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano. On the play, Nick Swisher advances to third. Runners on first and third with none out and Brett Gardner due up.

    Yankees 9, Blue Jays 5  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 30 4:14 PM


  • Derek Jeter singled to right scored Brett Gardner. Runner on first with two outs and Ichiro Suzuki due up.

    Yankees 7, Blue Jays 5  Top 8, 2 OutsSep 30 3:53 PM


  • Eduardo Nunez sacrifice fly out to right scored Curtis Granderson. Runner on second with two outs and Derek Jeter due up.

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  • Aaron Loup wild pitch scored Alex Rodriguez. On the play, Robinson Cano advances to third. Runner on third with one out and Nick Swisher at the plate.

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  • Robinson Cano doubled to right scored Derek Jeter. On the play, Alex Rodriguez advances to third. Runners on second and third with one out and Nick Swisher due up.

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  • Ichiro Suzuki sacrifice fly out to center scored Eduardo Nunez. Runner on second with one out and Alex Rodriguez due up.

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  • Henderson Alvarez wild pitch scored Robinson Cano. On the play, Nick Swisher advances to second. Runner on second with none out and Curtis Granderson at the plate.

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  • Moises Sierra singled to left scored Yunel Escobar. On the play, Adam Lind advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and J.P. Arencibia due up.

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  • Brett Lawrie none-out, two-run Home Run (11) to left scored Anthony Gose. Rajai Davis due up.

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  • Eric Chavez lead-off Home Run (16) to right. Derek Jeter due up.

    Yankees 1, Blue Jays 2  Top 3, 0 OutsSep 30 1:48 PM


  • Adam Lind sacrifice fly out to center scored Edwin Encarnacion. On the play, Yunel Escobar advances to third. Runner on third with two outs and Moises Sierra due up.

    Yankees 0, Blue Jays 2  Bot 1, 2 OutsSep 30 1:26 PM


  • Yunel Escobar doubled to right scored Rajai Davis. On the play, Edwin Encarnacion advances to third. Runners on second and third with one out and Adam Lind due up.

    Yankees 0, Blue Jays 1  Bot 1, 1 OutSep 30 1:23 PM


  • NEW YORK: 0
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