Coming into yesterday’s game, the Yankees had won their last three in a row, including the first two games of this series against the Toronto Blue Jays, and they were attempting to extend that streak.
The Jays would tack on another run in the seventh, with a home run off the bat of Jose Bautista, his eighth homer off Yankees’ pitching this season, the most by any player against a single team. They would add another run in the top of the ninth, on a Dioner Navarro RBI single, to give themselves a 6-2 lead.
The Yankees wouldn’t go down quietly in the bottom of the ninth, with Derek Jeter plating Brett Gardner with an RBI double to make it a 6-3 game, but that was all they could muster, as they would eventually fall by the same score. With the loss, the Yankees fell to 79-75 on the season.
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NOTES: Mark Teixeira left the game in the fifth inning after aggravating a wrist injury he has been dealing with since before last season. Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi said after the game it is possible that Teixeira may be shut down for the remainder of the season, seeing as the Yankees are pretty much out of the postseason race, and there are only 8 games remaining. Carlos Beltran was also noticeably absent from the Yankees’ lineup, and Girardi announced Beltran was sitting out with an elbow injury that has been nagging him for the better part of the season, as well. He too, may miss the remainder of the season, according to Girardi. These injuries come on the heels of a potential season-ending hamstring injury suffered by Jacoby Ellsbury last night. So as you can see, the Yankees are pretty much limping to the finish line at this point.
One guy who won’t be missing the remainder of the season however, is star pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka, who has been out since July with a ligament tear in his pitching elbow, will be taking the mound for the Yankees tomorrow, in their attempt to find out whether or not he is big-league ready again. This is basically just a test to see if he’ll be able to pitch for them next season, or if he’ll need the dread Tommy John surgery, which could sideline him for over a year. Tanaka has been rehabbing his elbow for months now, so we’ll all finally get to see just how close he’ll be to the dominant pitcher he was, before he got hurt.