Yanks Go Yard Recap: Hafner And CC Lead New York Yankees To Third Straight Win Over Blue Jays


Every day, it seems like a different Yankee steps up to get the job done. Today was again Travis Hafner‘s day to step up and help. Hafner carried the offense and CC Sabathia fought hard even though he didn’t have his best stuff as the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 and look for the four game sweep tomorrow afternoon.

Apr 17, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Travis Hafner (33) hits a home run to right during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium. Yankees won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The Blue Jays scored first in the third. Maicer Izturis reached on an infield single and Emilio Bonifacio followed with a double. Rajai Davis grounded out to bring in Izturis. The Jays added to the lead in the fourth. Jose bautista led off with his seventh homer of the year. Edwin Encarnacion followed with a single. After Encarnacion advanced to second on a ground out and third on a wild pitch, Brett Lawrie brought him in with a sac fly.

The Yankees fought back in the bottom half. Vernon Wells and Kevin Youkilis walked. Hafner then hit his second homer to tie the game. The Jays took the lead in the sixth when Lawrie hit his second homer of the year.

The Yankees came back in the seventh of Esmil Rogers. With one out Robinson Cano doubled. Wells then singled to bring home Cano and tie the game. After a groundout, Brett Cecil came in in relief to face Hafner. Wells stole second and then came in on Hafner’s triple after Davis couldn’t make the play in the outfield.

YGY Player of the Game: Hafner

R.A. Dickey and Phil Hughes will duel in the finale at 1:05 tomorrow afternoon.

Notes: Vidal Nuno and Austin Romine were called up to replace Francisco Cervelli and Ivan Nova. Cervelli had successful surgery today on his hand and is out six weeks. Nova has a triceps strain.