New York at Toronto

N.Y. Yankees
W: A. Small (3-0) L: G. Chacin (11-6)
S: M. Rivera (28)
HR: NYY - G. Sheffield (22)   TOR - None

Controversial Sheffield leads Yanks past Jays

CBS wire reports

TORONTO -- Gary Sheffield did his job on a day he dealt with controversy.

Sheffield homered, and journeyman Aaron Small won again to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

Sheffield, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez faced questions before the game about an interview Sheffield gave to New York magazine in which he strongly suggested he was the leader of the team. Sheffield also said Friday that Jeter is the captain of the Yankees, but not the leader.

Manager Joe Torre said he would talk to Sheffield about his comments.

There didn't seem to be a problem with those involved as Jeter led off the game with a triple off the top of the wall in right. One out later, Sheffield hit a two-run homer, his 22nd, off Gustavo Chacin (11-6).

"He certainly doesn't shy away from any controversy or back off the way he feels just because it makes somebody else happy," Torre said. "But he knows what his job is. No matter what the situation or what the talk is, he still goes after it."

Sheffield rushed out of the clubhouse after the game without talking to the media.

Small (3-0) has helped stabilize the back of the Yankees' battered rotation, winning three of his four starts since being brought up from the minors July 17. The 33-year-old right-hander hadn't started a major-league game since 1996 before last month, but injuries to Kevin Brown, Carl Pavano and Chien-Ming Wang forced the Yankees to search for starters.

"I know I'm an insurance policy. I've been that for the last six or seven years," Small said. "This has been a dream come true. After my first start at Yankee stadium I said 'Don't pinch me, I don't want to wake up,' but now it's serious time and I want to help this team any way I can."

Small allowed one run and seven hits, striking out two and walking two in 6 1/3 innings. He benefited from two inning-ending double plays, including one with the bases loaded in the fifth.

"We had our chances tonight, we let it slip away," said Toronto catcher Gregg Zaun, who hit into an inning-ending double play in the sixth.

New York reliever Tanyon Sturtze gave up a run in the ninth, and Mariano Rivera got the last out for his 28th straight save since blowing his first two chances in the season-opening series against Boston.

Russ Adams drove in both runs for the Blue Jays with two RBI singles.

Bernie Williams singled and Andy Philips and Jeter walked before Robinson Cano hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to give New York a 3-0 lead.

Chacin allowed three runs and six hits and issued a career-high six walks in five innings. The rookie left-hander won his previous five starts.

Small loaded the bases in the fifth, but escaped the jam when Frank Catalanotto hit into an inning-ending double play. Vernon Wells doubled and Shea Hillenbrand singled in sixth, but Small induced the double play from Zaun.

Eric Hinske doubled in the seventh before Adams chased Small with his run-scoring single.

Jeter and Jorge Posada had RBI singles in the eighth to extend New York's lead to 5-1, and Tony Womack added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.


  • The attendance of 43,688 was Toronto's largest crowd since opening day.
  • Fans booed when a Yankees fan proposed to his girlfriend on the videoboard.
  • Toronto ace Roy Halladay will not return from the disabled list on Sunday as the club had hoped. Halladay was expected to come back from his fractured left leg and start Sunday against New York, but he is still experiencing pain while planting his foot during his delivery.
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Derek Jeter congratulates Gary Sheffield after his two-run homer in the first inning.  (AP)
Derek Jeter congratulates Gary Sheffield after his two-run homer in the first inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

A. Small
IP 6.2
H 7
ER 1
BB 2
K 2
New York

G. Sheffield
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4121101 .305
Robinson Cano, 2B4001025 .292
Gary Sheffield, RF5122015 .303
    Bubba Crosby, RF0000000 .194
Alex Rodriguez, 3B2100310 .314
Hideki Matsui, LF5120002 .305
Jason Giambi, DH2010201 .292
    Tony Womack, PR-DH0101000 .245
Jorge Posada, C5021022 .252
Bernie Williams, CF5110043 .246
Andy Phillips, 1B2010100 .167
    Tino Martinez, 1B0000100 .223
3B - Derek Jeter (4, Chacin)
HR - Gary Sheffield (22, Chacin)
SF - Robinson Cano (3), Tony Womack (2)
RBI - Derek Jeter (44), Robinson Cano (40), Gary Sheffield 2 (83), Tony Womack (14), Jorge Posada (48)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Jeter-Cano-Phillips, Cano-Jeter-Phillips
New York Yankees
Aaron Small (W,3-0) 6.2711220 3.15
Alan Embree (H,6) 1.1000000 7.71
Tanyon Sturtze 0.2211110 4.27
Mariano Rivera (S,28) 0.1000000 0.94
HBP - R. Adams (by Aaron Small)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Small 96-60, Alan Embree 8-6, Tanyon Sturtze 20-11, Mariano Rivera 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Small 11-5, Alan Embree 1-3
Batters Faced - Aaron Small 28, Alan Embree 4, Tanyon Sturtze 5, Mariano Rivera 1
Toronto Blue Jays
Russ Adams, SS3022100 .278
Frank Catalanotto, LF3000012 .297
   a- Alex Rios, PH-RF2000003 .274
Vernon Wells, CF3010100 .277
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B4010002 .290
Corey Koskie, 3B4010004 .242
Gregg Zaun, C4000002 .270
Eric Hinske, DH3220110 .258
Reed Johnson, RF-LF4020001 .282
Orlando Hudson, 2B4000013 .266
a-hit into fielder's choice for Catalanotto in the 7th
2B - Vernon Wells (24, Small), Eric Hinske (25, Small)
RBI - Russ Adams 2 (50)
2-OUT RBI - Russ Adams 2 (14)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Koskie-Hillenbrand, Hudson-R. Adams-Hillenbrand
E - Shea Hillenbrand (9, Missed catch), Alex Rios (2, Wild throw)
Toronto Blue Jays
Gustavo Chacin (L,11-6) 5633651 3.36
Brandon League 2322020 7.80
Scott Schoeneweis 0.2100120 4.46
Vinnie Chulk 1.1110110 3.29
Pitches-Strikes - Gustavo Chacin 97-55, Brandon League 28-16, Scott Schoeneweis 18-9, Vinnie Chulk 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gustavo Chacin 2-6, Brandon League 3-1, Vinnie Chulk 2-1
Batters Faced - Gustavo Chacin 25, Brandon League 9, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Vinnie Chulk 6
Game Information
Attendance - 43688
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Lazaro Diaz