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Chacon provides relief for tired Yankees bullpen in win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Shawn Chacon gave New York's bullpen a much-needed rest.

Chacon pitched eight innings of four-hit ball a day after Randy Johnson's ejection forced New York to use five relievers, and the Yankees won their sixth straight with a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

"The pressure was totally on Chacon and he handled it really well," manager Joe Torre.

Bernie Williams drove in the lone run with an RBI single for the Yankees, who are a half-game behind Cleveland in the AL wild-card race and 1½ games back of first-place Boston in the AL East.

Chacon (5-3) struck out one and walked one. He tied a career high in innings pitched, done five times previously.

"I knew coming in it was either going to be one of those days where I struggled, and I was going to have to sit out there and eat up innings or I was going to pitch good," Chacon said.

"I threw strikes and was able to go late in the game. And the defense was outstanding."

Both Chacon and Torre said they had no idea if he would stay in the rotation. Mike Mussina is expected to return from the disabled list and start Thursday, which is Chacon's regular turn to pitch.

"I don't make the decision so I'm not thinking about it," said Chacon, who helped the Yankees record their AL-leading 13th shutout.

Tom Gordon pitched the ninth for his first save in eight chances. Torre didn't want to use closer Mariano Rivera in four straight games.

Gordon gave up consecutive singles to Frank Catalanotto and Vernon Wells, but he struck out Corey Koskie for the first out and escaped the jam as Shea Hillenbrand grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.

Third baseman Alex Rodriguez made a nice play on the one-hopper before firing to second baseman Robinson Cano, who relayed it to first baseman Tino Martinez, who scooped the ball out of the dirt for the final out.

"To me that was like hitting a walk-off grand slam," Rodriguez said. "That was fun. With Mo being out today that was a huge win for us."

Torre also didn't want to use Alan Embree and Tanyon Sturtze after Friday's victory, which Johnson was ejected from in the second inning for arguing with plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth. Johnson apologized Saturday and said he was wrong to let his emotions get the better of him.

"I knew Mariano had pitched the last couple of days, but I didn't know he had pitched three in a row so I wasn't thinking about it," Gordon said.

Jorge Posada led off the second with a double off Gustavo Chacin, advanced to second on Sierra's single and scored on Williams' single to left.

Chacin (12-9) allowed one run and eight hits in seven innings. The rookie left-hander has won just one of his last nine starts.

"Everybody's fighting, everybody's giving the best they can," said Chacin, whose team fell three games below .500 (72-75) for the first time this season. "But Chacon threw a great game. No luck."

Left-fielder Hideki Matsui robbed Reed Johnson of a hit with a diving catch in the eighth. Shortstop Derek Jeter made a couple of nice plays, throwing out Gregg Zaun after Zaun hit what looked to be a single up the middle in the third and making a nice over shoulder catch on Russ Adams' blooper in the sixth.

Left fielder Ruben Sierra also made a nice running catch on in fifth with two runners on.

"I didn't expect Ruben to get that close to that ball," Torre said.

Matsui singled in the sixth and attempted to score from first after Posada doubled off the wall in center, but the ball bounced right back to Wells, who threw it second baseman Aaron Hill, who easily nailed Matsui at home.

Jason Giambi hit a ball into the right-field corner in the fifth, but Johnson threw him out at second.

Notes

  • Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi met with RF Alex Rios to tell him he won't tolerate lackadaisical play. Manager John Gibbons pulled Rios from Friday night's game for not running hard on a routine flyout in the first. "I know I should've run that ball out," Rios said. "It's not going to happen anymore."
  • Torre said Saturday would have been a good game to play Mark Bellhorn at 2B with the a left-hander starting, but he didn't because 2B Cano has been on a tear lately.
 
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Shawn Chacon allows only four hits in eight shutout innings as the Yanks take their sixth straight. (AP)
Shawn Chacon allows only four hits in eight shutout innings as the Yanks take their sixth straight. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

S. Chacon
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 1
Toronto

G. Chacin
IP 7.0
H 8
ER 1
BB 1
K 4
 

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New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4010003 .306
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4000033 .318
Jason Giambi, 1B3010110 .281
    Tino Martinez, 1B0000000 .241
Gary Sheffield, DH3010012 .296
    Tony Womack, PR-DH0000000 .246
Hideki Matsui, LF4010004 .299
Jorge Posada, C4130001 .260
Ruben Sierra, RF4010002 .239
    Bubba Crosby, RF0000000 .250
Bernie Williams, CF4021001 .258
Robinson Cano, 2B3000002 .292
Totals3311011518 
Batting
2B - Jorge Posada 2 (21, Chacin, Chacin)
SH - Robinson Cano (5)
RBI - Bernie Williams (63)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Jeter-Cano-Giambi, Rodriguez-Cano-T. Martinez
New York Yankees
Shawn Chacon (W,6-10) 8400110 3.70
Tom Gordon (S,1) 1200010 2.39
HBP - Hinske (by Shawn Chacon)
Pitches-Strikes - Shawn Chacon 109-68, Tom Gordon 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Chacon 7-14, Tom Gordon 1-0
Batters Faced - Shawn Chacon 28, Tom Gordon 4
Toronto Blue Jays
Russ Adams, SS4000002 .255
Frank Catalanotto, LF4010000 .289
    Alex Rios, PR0000000 .256
Vernon Wells, CF3010100 .270
Corey Koskie, 3B4010022 .245
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B4010002 .297
Eric Hinske, DH2000001 .261
Gregg Zaun, C3000002 .260
Reed Johnson, RF3010002 .276
Aaron Hill, 2B3010001 .271
Totals300601212 
Batting
CS - Reed Johnson (5, 2nd base by Chacon/Posada)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Reed Johnson 1, Vernon Wells 1
DP - Hill-Hillenbrand
Toronto Blue Jays
Gustavo Chacin (L,12-9) 7811140 3.51
Vinnie Chulk 1100010 3.63
Miguel Batista 1100000 3.58
HBP - Sheffield (by Gustavo Chacin)
Pitches-Strikes - Gustavo Chacin 95-63, Vinnie Chulk 15-8, Miguel Batista 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gustavo Chacin 9-5, Vinnie Chulk 1-1, Miguel Batista 1-2
Batters Faced - Gustavo Chacin 28, Vinnie Chulk 4, Miguel Batista 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43433
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Field Culbreth