The Yankees can’t afford many loses and Hiroki Kuroda had been so good for so long that you hoped he could ride the wave a little bit longer. Well, this is the second bad start for him, though he didn’t get much help from the defense, as the Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 7-2.
The Jays scored early and often off Kuroda. Ryan Goins doubled and Adam Lind walked with two out. Brett Lawrie doubled them in to make it 2-0. Rajai Davis was hit by a pitch. J.P. Arencibia struck out, but Chris Stewart couldn’t catch it and the ball got away. Stewart compounded it by throwing the ball away and allowing Lawrie and Davis to score.
The Yankees got their lone runs in the top of the fourth. Curtis Granderson and Alfonso Soriano walked. Alex Rodriguez singled to drive home a run. Two batters later, Mark Reynolds doubled to score Soriano, but Rodriguez was thrown out at the plate.
YGY Player Of The Game: Lawrie
The Yankees return home for a huge homestand, beginning with three against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night at 7:05. CC Sabathia will take the mound for the Yankees. The Orioles starter is TBA.
Notes: Mark Reynolds made his first major league start at second base. Travis Hafner and Zoilo Almonte have begun hitting off a tee and could rejoin the team after the rosters expand Sunday. Michael Pineda has begun throwing side sessions.