Toronto at New York

N.Y. Yankees
W: P. Walker (1-0) L: M. Stanton (0-1)
S: M. Batista (7)
HR: TOR - C. Koskie (5)   NYY - G. Sheffield (3)

Blue Jays 8, Yankees 6

CBS wire reports

NEW YORK -- Frank Menechino and the Toronto Blue Jays showed just the kind of relentless spunk the New York Yankees have been missing all year.

Menechino came off the bench to drive in three runs, Eric Hinske hit a go-ahead double and Toronto rallied past New York 8-6 on Sunday.

Shea Hillenbrand had four hits and Corey Koskie homered for the plucky Blue Jays (14-12), aggressive on the bases all weekend. They have won five of six following a five-game skid.

"They don't quit. If I don't get in the way we might have a good year," Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

Gary Sheffield homered and drove in three runs for the slumping Yankees (10-15), who blew a 6-3 lead and finished 3-6 on their homestand -- losing series to the Rangers, Angels and Blue Jays.

New York dropped 7½ games behind AL East-leading Baltimore, its largest deficit since September 1997.

"The Baltimore Orioles are not what I'm concerned about. What I'm concerned about is our ballclub. We've had leads in the past that have disappeared when teams got hot. We have to be that team that gets hot," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

"I don't care how good you are or how good you're supposed to be. You have to go out there and start winning regularly or your confidence isn't where you want it to be," he said. "I don't think I have to tell them anything. They're here. They witnessed what I witnessed."

With the score tied at six, Hillenbrand and Hinske hit consecutive doubles off Mike Stanton (0-1) in the seventh to give Toronto the lead.

Hinske stole third and dashed home on Gregg Zaun's shallow sacrifice fly to center, making it 8-6.

"I had Hinske 0-2 and I let him beat me. There's no excuse," Stanton said. "Coming into the season, everyone thought the bullpen would be a strength for us. It hasn't turned out to be that way. Track record says it's going to get better."

Hinske's two-run homer off Randy Johnson that sent Roy Halladay and the Blue Jays to a 2-0 victory Friday night.

"It's great because we came in here, and the New York media not once talked about what we were doing. It was just, what's wrong with the Yankees? We don't care about the Yankees," Hillenbrand said.

In a matchup of 2004 All-Stars, New York starter Carl Pavano and ex-Yankee Ted Lilly were both ineffective.

Pete Walker (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 hitless innings for the win. Scott Schoeneweis retired Jorge Posada with two on to end the seventh, then worked a perfect eighth. Miguel Batista got three straight outs for his seventh save in eight chances.

"We showed what we're made of," Schoeneweis said.

Sheffield put the Yankees ahead with a two-run double during a four-run fifth. Posada added a sacrifice fly and Hideki Matsui an RBI double to make it 6-3, but Toronto executed a fine relay to throw out Alex Rodriguez at the plate and end the inning.

It didn't take the Blue Jays long to pull even. They loaded the bases with none out in the sixth, chasing Pavano. Alex Rios hit a sacrifice fly, and Menechino tied it with a two-out, two-run single on a 1-2 pitch from Paul Quantrill.

Menechino entered in the fourth inning to replace second baseman Orlando Hudson, shaken up after colliding with an umpire.

"I think my first at-bat got me locked in," Menechino said. "I don't mind hitting with two strikes, I think I bear down a little bit better."

Menechino, who was raised in Staten Island and still lives there, had friends in the Yankee Stadium stands all weekend.

"They're all Yankee fans anyway," he said. "I give them tickets so they can see Randy Johnson pitch."

Rodriguez doubled in the second and scored on Matsui's sacrifice fly for a 1-0 New York lead.

Rios doubled leading off the third and scored on Hudson's RBI groundout. Koskie's fifth home run gave Toronto a 2-1 edge in the fourth.

Sheffield connected on an 0-2 pitch in the bottom half, becoming the first Yankees player other than Rodriguez to homer since Derek Jeter and Andy Phillips on April 24.

The Blue Jays went ahead 3-2 in the fifth after Sheffield failed to come up with Frank Catalanotto's deep fly to right, a catchable ball that went for a double and put runners at second and third. Menechino followed with an RBI groundout.


Hudson was a little dizzy after running into first base umpire Rick Reed while backing up a throw on Tony Womack's sacrifice bunt in the third. Reed was knocked to the dirt, tumbled over and made the out call from the seat of his pants while facing the outfield. Trainers came out to check on Reed and Hudson. Both stayed in the game -- until Hudson was replaced by Menechino in the fourth. Hudson was taken to the hospital for a precautionary CT scan, which was negative, and he returned to the ballpark during the game. Gibbons said he would probably give Hudson a night off Monday in Baltimore. ... The Yankees have lost three consecutive series at home for the first time since dropping four in a row in May 2003. ... Walker has allowed just one run in 10 2-3 innings this season.
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Players of the Game

S. Hillenbrand
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
New York

G. Sheffield
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Toronto Blue Jays
Frank Catalanotto, LF3020100 .282
    Reed Johnson, PR-LF0000000 .277
Orlando Hudson, 2B2001000 .265
    Frank Menechino, 2B3013001 .200
Vernon Wells, CF5020013 .202
Corey Koskie, 3B5121012 .260
Shea Hillenbrand, DH5240001 .410
Eric Hinske, 1B4221001 .299
Gregg Zaun, C3101113 .274
Alex Rios, RF4121022 .330
Russ Adams, SS4110004 .220
2B - Frank Catalanotto (4, Pavano), Shea Hillenbrand (7, Stanton), Eric Hinske (5, Stanton), Alex Rios (4, Pavano)
HR - Corey Koskie (5, Pavano)
SF - Gregg Zaun (3), Alex Rios (3)
RBI - Orlando Hudson (11), Frank Menechino 3 (5), Corey Koskie (11), Eric Hinske (18), Gregg Zaun (17), Alex Rios (13)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Menechino 2 (3)
SB - Corey Koskie (1, 2nd base off Pavano/Posada), Eric Hinske (3, 3rd base off Stanton/Posada), Alex Rios (3, 2nd base off Karsay/Posada)
CS - Frank Catalanotto (1, Home by Pavano/Posada)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Vernon Wells 1
Toronto Blue Jays
Ted Lilly 5866241 7.77
Pete Walker (W,1-0) 1.2000210 0.84
Scott Schoeneweis (H,5) 1.1000010 6.48
Miguel Batista (S,7) 1000000 2.45
IBB - Rodriguez by Ted Lilly
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 84-52, Pete Walker 31-16, Scott Schoeneweis 14-9, Miguel Batista 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 4-6, Pete Walker 4-0, Scott Schoeneweis 2-1, Miguel Batista 2-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 24, Pete Walker 7, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Miguel Batista 3
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4110101 .340
Bernie Williams, CF5110022 .236
Gary Sheffield, RF4223010 .337
Alex Rodriguez, 3B1110300 .311
Jorge Posada, C3001003 .235
Hideki Matsui, LF3012001 .253
Andy Phillips, DH4000011 .200
Tino Martinez, 1B4010020 .239
Tony Womack, 2B3110000 .282
2B - Gary Sheffield (7, Lilly), Alex Rodriguez (6, Lilly), Hideki Matsui (7, Lilly)
HR - Gary Sheffield (3, Lilly)
SF - Jorge Posada (1), Hideki Matsui (3)
SH - Tony Womack (3)
RBI - Gary Sheffield 3 (18), Jorge Posada (11), Hideki Matsui 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Hideki Matsui (6)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Womack-T. Martinez, Rodriguez-Womack-T. Martinez
PB - Jorge Posada (2)
New York Yankees
Carl Pavano 5966121 4.24
Paul Quantrill (BS,1) 1100100 3.18
Mike Stanton (L,0-1) 0.2222010 4.50
Steve Karsay 0.1100000 6.00
Tom Gordon 0.1200000 4.76
Buddy Groom 1.2100020 0.00
HBP - Hinske (by Carl Pavano), Catalanotto (by Carl Pavano)
Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 90-52, Paul Quantrill 23-16, Mike Stanton 20-12, Steve Karsay 6-5, Tom Gordon 17-10, Buddy Groom 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 5-6, Steve Karsay 1-0, Tom Gordon 1-0, Buddy Groom 1-1
Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 25, Paul Quantrill 5, Mike Stanton 4, Steve Karsay 2, Tom Gordon 3, Buddy Groom 5
Game Information
Attendance - 54224
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Terry Craft, Third Base - Ted Barrett