Lind homers as Blue Jays beat Yankees 6-2
The Toronto Blue Jays were beaten badly by the New York Yankees
at times this season.
With September winding down, they got some revenge.
Adam Lind hit a three-run homer and the last-place Blue Jays
damaged New York’s fading playoff hopes with a 6-2 victory Thursday
Toronto dropped 12 of its first 13 games against New York this
season, and then managed to win four of the last six in the season
”The way the year has gone here, we’re looking for some
satisfaction and two out of three against them is nice,” Toronto
manager John Gibbons said. ”Especially the way they’ve been
beating us like a drum all year long. We like to inflict our own
version of pain somehow.”
New York, which dropped 3 1/2 games back for the second AL
wild-card berth, lost two of three in Toronto while scoring just
six runs and hitting .198 (19 for 96). The Yankees have lost five
of six overall.
”It’s frustrating,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ”We
haven’t swung the bats that well for the last week.”
Rookie Todd Redmond (4-2) stymied New York in this one, giving
up one run and four hits in a career-high seven innings with seven
strikeouts and a walk.
Gibbons said Redmond is ”doing a tremendous job.”
”He’s got strikeout ability,” Gibbons said. ”He competes. He
doesn’t give in, nothing rattles him.”
Claimed off waivers from Baltimore near the end of March,
Redmond has made 12 starts for the Blue Jays. He said getting a
chance to be a regular part of a rotation is ”a dream come
”I knew I was capable of doing it,” Redmond said. ”I’ve gone
through the minors and I got the chance and now I’m just trying to
go with it.”
Yankees third baseman Mark Reynolds said Redmond’s
three-quarters delivery makes his pitches seem quicker than they
”He kind of short-arms the ball and it makes his 92, 93 play up
a little bit,” he said. ”He was locating well, he threw a couple
of sidearm pitches and when you’re not really expecting it, it kind
of freezes you a little bit.”
Hiroki Kuroda lost his fifth straight decision, allowing two
runs in the third inning and a solo home run to Anthony Gose in the
sixth. Lind connected in the seventh off Joba Chamberlain.
In danger of missing the playoffs for only the second time in 19
seasons, the Yankees return home for a six-game homestand against
San Francisco and Tampa Bay – what could be Mariano Rivera’s final
games in the Bronx – then close with a three-game interleague
series at Houston.
”We’ve got to run the table, there’s no way around it,”
Reynolds said. ”We’ve got some tough games coming up. The Giants
have good pitching, Tampa’s got good pitching. We’ve got to have a
good homestand and hopefully go into Houston with a chance.”
The Yankees opened this 10-game road trip by taking three of
four from Baltimore but were swept in Boston last weekend before
losing the series to Toronto.
”We ran into the Red Sox wave and we haven’t recovered,” Alex
Kuroda also has stumbled of late: He is 0-5 with a 6.37 ERA in
his last seven outings after going 11-7 with a 2.33 ERA through
Kuroda allowed eight hits in six innings with four walks and
Sergio Santos pitched the eighth but the Blue Jays needed three
relievers to get through the ninth, when Casey Janssen relieved
with the bases loaded and one out, then finished for his 32nd save
in 34 chances.
Jose Reyes put Toronto ahead with an RBI double in the third and
scored on Brett Lawrie’s grounder.
Curtis Granderson went deep in the sixth for the Yankees’ first
home run since Brendan Ryan connected against Boston’s John Lackey
last Friday, but Toronto made it 3-1 in the bottom half on a drive
by Gose, who had three hits.
Chamberlain allowed his eighth home run – his career high as a
reliever. He relieved to start the seventh, walked Munenori
Kawasaki, gave up a single to Lawrie and then allowed Lind’s drive
into the second deck.
”I let my team down and that’s the frustrating part, especially
at this time of year,” Chamberlain said.
New York had the bases loaded with one out in the ninth when
Janssen relieved. Vernon Wells hit an RBI grounder and Lyle Overbay
Rodriguez went 0 for 3 with a walk and has just one hit in his
past 22 at-bats.
”I think you just keep running him out there,” Girardi
NOTES: A letter filed with the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn
on Thursday said Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte’s deposition is
scheduled for Tuesday in New York in Brian McNamee’s lawsuit
against Roger Clemens. Clemens has asked that Pettitte’s deposition
be postponed because one of Clemens’ lawyers is not available. …
Lind’s home run was his 22nd. He has six homers and 14 RBIs in 15
games this month. … Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion underwent
surgery on his left wrist. … The Blue Jays honored Rivera with a
traditional Inuit carving and made a $10,000 donation to Rivera’s
charitable foundation. … Comedian Sarah Silverman threw out the
ceremonial first pitch.