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Yanks 7, Blue Jays 4

Posted By Alex Belth On July 28, 2004 @ 8:24 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled

El Duque [1] pitched two scoreless innings in Toronto last night before he left the game with tightness in his left hamstring [2]. So much for giving the bullpen a breather. While the New York hit the ball hard off of Ted Lilly [3], they only mustered three hits off the erstwhile Yankee (including a solo home run by Alex Rodriguez on his 29th birthday). The Jays collected plenty of hits but could not manage to break the game open. Gary Sheffield [4] threw Alex Rios out at the plate in the sixth with the Jays leading 2-1, and Toronto could not score in the seventh after starting the inning with runners on the corner and nobody out.

The Yanks finally caught up to the Jays [5] in the eighth. Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter singled. Sheffield walked, and Alex Rodriguez hit a sacrific fly to right which tied the game. Jorge Posada followed with a three-run bomb to right field. In the ninth, Bernie Williams and Gary Sheffield hit solo homers. It was the 400th home run [6] of Sheffield’s career.

Tom Gordon allowed a couple of runs in the ninth, but the Yankees held on for the win. New York is eight games ahead of the Red Sox [7], who were rained out in Baltimore last night.

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URLs in this post:

[1] El Duque: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/216519p-186360c.html

[2] left hamstring: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-sbyanks283909164jul28,0,4156507.story?coll=ny-yankees-bigpix

[3] Ted Lilly: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/gameLog?gameId=240727114&full=1

[4] Gary Sheffield: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/28/sports/baseball/28yanks.html

[5] Jays: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040727.wjays28/BNStory/Sports/

[6] 400th home run: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/216574p-186402c.html

[7] Red Sox: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2004/07/28/with_rainout_sox_cant_lose/

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