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Jays knock out Wright, end Yanks' run at six

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- The New York Yankees lost their starting pitcher in the third inning and a chance to make up ground in the standings.

Jaret Wright left after being hit on the right elbow by a broken bat, and the Toronto Blue Jays ended New York's six-game winning streak with a 6-5 victory Sunday.

Wright isn't sure if he'll be able to make his next scheduled start, which would be next weekend at home against Toronto.

"It's sore and tight. It's kind of throbbing," he said. "It hit right on the bone on the back of the elbow."

Alex Rodriguez hit his AL-leading 44th home run and Derek Jeter also connected for the Yankees, who fell 1½ games behind Cleveland in the wild-card race but remained 1½ back of first-place Boston in the AL East.

Jeter struck out looking against Miguel Batista with a runner on second to end it, the eighth time this season he made the final out of a game with the potential tying run on base.

Wright came out after being hit by Eric Hinske's broken bat, the latest bit of bad luck for a pitcher who has had more than his share throughout his roller-coaster career.

"It's frustrating. I mean, poor guy," Rodriguez said. "He's getting himself in great shape again, throwing the ball really well, and the bat hits him in the elbow. You feel bad for him."

First baseman Jason Giambi also departed in the fourth because of back spasms. Giambi plans to play Monday night against Baltimore.

Hinske's bat broke as he grounded out to first. Wright tried to brace himself but stepped right in the path of the barrel, which bruised and cut his right elbow. He fell down holding his arm.

Wright tested his elbow by throwing some warmup pitches, but was replaced by Al Leiter. X-rays were negative.

New York manager Joe Torre didn't like what he saw when Wright threw the warmup pitches.

"Everything was up," Torre said. "I know he wanted to stay in the game but I think it was the best thing to do."

The early exit forced the Yankees to use three relievers.

Wright (5-3) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and five hits in 2 1/3 innings. The right-hander, signed to a $21 million, three-year deal last offseason, went 2-2 with a 9.15 ERA in three April starts before missing nearly four months with a shoulder injury.

After he came back, he was knocked out of a game in Seattle on Sept. 1 when he was hit in the collarbone by Raul Ibanez's line drive. Wright was able to make his next start, however.

"If you got something that is bruised or tight it affects you a lot more than being hit in the neck," he said.

Vernon Wells had three hits and had two RBI for the Blue Jays, who ended a three-game skid.

Batista worked the ninth for his 28th save in 35 chances. He gave up an RBI double to Robinson Cano with two outs before freezing Jeter, leaving the Yankees' captain 2-for-17 lifetime against the right-hander.

New York went 5-1 on its road trip.

"We've been playing good for a while," Jeter said. "Hopefully, we can continue to do it when we get home."

Former Yankees starter Ted Lilly (9-10) won for the first time since July 19. The 29-year-old left-hander, sidelined in August because of a shoulder injury, allowed three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.

"I felt good," Lilly said. "I was able to keep them at bay just enough."

Hinske hit an RBI single in the first, and the Blue Jays scored three runs in the second on Russ Adams' RBI grounder and Wells' two-run single.

Rodriguez hit his two-run homer off the left-field foul screen in the third.

Hinske added an RBI grounder in the fifth, giving Toronto a 5-2 lead.

Jorge Posada chased Lilly with an RBI single in the seventh. Jeter led off the eighth with a homer against Justin Speier to cut the lead to 5-4

Corey Koskie added a key insurance run for Toronto with an RBI single off Alan Embree in the eighth.

"If you want to beat those guys you have to bury them," Toronto's Gregg Zaun said. "They have one big-name guy after another and they always seem to come up with big hits."

Notes

  • Torre was having dinner on Saturday when Billy Crystal called him to tell him Boston and Cleveland won.
  • The Yankees haven't decided who will be removed from the rotation when Mike Mussina returns from the disabled list Thursday, Friday or Saturday. "We're too involved in a pennant race to concern ourselves with uncertainty. The uncertainty fits in with the energy we need to play these final two weeks," Torre said.
  • Toronto 3B Shea Hillenbrand walked in the first inning, his first since Aug. 7.
  • Andy Phillips replaced Giambi.
  • Leiter allowed one run and three hits in 3 2/3 innings.
  • The Yankees had won five straight one-run games.
 
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Closer Miguel Batista and catcher Gregg Zaun embrace after the Jays avoid the sweep to the Yanks.  (AP)
Closer Miguel Batista and catcher Gregg Zaun embrace after the Jays avoid the sweep to the Yanks. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

V. Wells
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

A. Rodriguez
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS5111012 .305
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4112030 .318
Jason Giambi, 1B2000020 .280
    Andy Phillips, 1B1000010 .154
   a- Tino Martinez, PH-1B1000000 .240
Gary Sheffield, DH3000110 .294
    Tony Womack, PR-DH0000000 .246
Hideki Matsui, LF4120001 .300
Ruben Sierra, RF4000001 .233
Jorge Posada, C3021100 .263
    Matt Lawton, PR0100000 .254
Bernie Williams, CF4000005 .256
Robinson Cano, 2B4121012 .294
Totals355852911 
a-lined out for Phillips in the 8th
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano 2 (32, Lilly, Batista)
HR - Derek Jeter (16, Speier), Alex Rodriguez (44, Lilly)
RBI - Derek Jeter (60), Alex Rodriguez 2 (118), Jorge Posada (62), Robinson Cano (58)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (53), Robinson Cano (18)
PK - Jorge Posada (2, Lilly)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
PB - Jorge Posada (7)
E - Ruben Sierra (1, misplayed ball)
New York Yankees
Jaret Wright (L,5-3) 2.1543110 5.61
Al Leiter 3.2311020 5.86
Tanyon Sturtze 1.2211000 4.24
Alan Embree 0.1100100 7.07
HBP - Catalanotto (by Jaret Wright)
Pitches-Strikes - Jaret Wright 51-29, Al Leiter 36-21, Tanyon Sturtze 24-15, Alan Embree 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaret Wright 4-2, Al Leiter 5-4, Tanyon Sturtze 1-3
Batters Faced - Jaret Wright 14, Al Leiter 14, Tanyon Sturtze 6, Alan Embree 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Russ Adams, SS5101003 .252
Frank Catalanotto, LF2100010 .287
   a- Reed Johnson, PH-LF1000000 .275
Vernon Wells, CF4232000 .273
Shea Hillenbrand, DH3020101 .299
Eric Hinske, 1B4012001 .261
Aaron Hill, 3B-2B4110003 .270
Gregg Zaun, C4120001 .262
Gabe Gross, RF3000112 .266
Frank Menechino, 2B3010011 .222
    Corey Koskie, 3B1011000 .248
Totals3461162312 
a-lined out for Catalanotto in the 7th
Batting
2B - Vernon Wells (29, Wright), Shea Hillenbrand (36, Leiter)
RBI - Russ Adams (61), Vernon Wells 2 (88), Eric Hinske 2 (58), Corey Koskie (34)
2-OUT RBI - Vernon Wells 2 (35), Eric Hinske (20), Corey Koskie (12)
CS - Shea Hillenbrand (1, 2nd base by Sturtze/Posada)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Aaron Hill (5, misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
Ted Lilly (W,9-10) 6.1532161 5.46
Jason Frasor (H,13) 0.2000010 3.48
Justin Speier (H,8) 0.2111111 2.71
Scott Schoeneweis (H,17) 0.1000000 3.57
Miguel Batista (S,28) 1211010 3.66
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 96-59, Jason Frasor 9-6, Justin Speier 16-10, Scott Schoeneweis 3-1, Miguel Batista 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 6-7, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 25, Jason Frasor 2, Justin Speier 4, Scott Schoeneweis 1, Miguel Batista 5
Game Information
Attendance - 39891
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Dale Scott