May 18, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (24) rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Yanks Go Yard Recap: Phelps And Cano Lead New York Yankees To Victory Over Blue Jays

Memo to Ivan Nova. Don’t think your starting spot in the rotation will be given back to you upon your return from the DL. David Phelps turned in his third straight strong start today, and Robinson Cano provided the offensive support, as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 7-2. They are now 8-1 against Toronto this season.

The game was scoreless until the third. Jayson Nix led off with a single and went to second on a groundout. Brett Gardner brought him home with a single. Cano followed with his 11th homer of the year, just over the right field fence.

The Jays cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom half. Adam Lind doubled with one out, and two batters later, Colby Rasums singled him in. The Yankees responded in the fifth. With one out, Austin Romine singled, and two batters later, Cano hit his second homer of the day.

The Jays made it 5-2 in the eighth, when Edwin Encarnacion hit his 12th homer of the year. It was looking like a save situation until the bottom of the eighth. Vernon Wells reached on Maicer Izturis‘ throwing error. Travis Hafner, playing in his first game since last weekend, hit his seventh homer of the year.

YGY Player Of The Game: Cano

The Yankees look for the sweep tomorrow afternoon, when CC Sabathia will face R.A. Dickey at 1:05.

Notes: The merry-go-round that is the utility infield spot for the Yankees continues. They acquired Reid Brignac from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for $75,000. They DFA’d Alberto Gonzalez.

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