(Courtesy of the AP)
The Yankees have gotten fatter off playing the Blue Jays than any other team this season. They entered today's game 7-1 against Toronto and looking to extend a 5-game winning streak against them. David Phelps was getting the start, his next in the chance to prove his worth as a long-term rotation option and not just an injury stopgap, and he did it with one of the better lineups the team had put on the field in a while behind him. Travis Hafner was back in his customary DH role after a few days off, and with Curtis Granderson in right field there was some more teeth to the middle of a lineup that had already beaten up Toronto starter Brandon Morrow once this season.
- Phelps made it interesting early, working around 2 1-out walks in the 1st with a pick off and 2 leadoff singles in the 3rd with a double play ball and a big strikeout.
- Morrow stymied the lineup the first turn through the order. The second time he wasn't so lucky. With 2 outs in the 3rd Brett Gardner singled home Jayson Nix and then scored on a Robinson Cano Yankee Stadium 2-run HR 1 pitch later.
- Cano put on a repeat performance with 2 outs in the bottom of the 5th. Morrow threw him a slider for a swinging strike 2, then 3 more that Cano made contact with. He left the last one up in the zone just enough for Cano to square up and Robbie parked it over the fence.
- Phelps continued to put runners on base, but never in a way that created a real threat and never anything that led to another run through 7. He also continued to display plus stuff with 8 more strikeouts.
- Hafner marked his return to the lineup with an exclamation point in the bottom of the 8th with a 2-run HR of his own. Good to see the time off didn't affect his timing.
- Aside from another D-Rob homer hiccup in the 8th it was another solid job by the bullpen. Boone Logan looked very good striking out 2 in a non-save 9th inning.