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Big Unit shelled as Glaus, Blue Jays hammer Yankees

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- If Randy Johnson is hurt, he's not telling.

Johnson couldn't hold a four-run lead and was chased in the fourth inning of the Toronto Blue Jays' 10-5 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

Johnson, 42, said he felt great in the warmup and shook his head when asked if he was hurt.

"I just didn't execute my pitches and I paid the price," Johnson said. "It's just one of those games where you take it on the chin."

Troy Glaus homered twice and Alex Rios tied a career high with four RBI for the Blue Jays.

Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi hit back-to-back homers in the first for New York, helping Johnson (2-2) to a 4-0 lead, but the Big Unit allowed seven runs and nine hits in just 3 1/3 innings.

Johnson lasted just five innings in his last start, raising some concerns about his health.

"He's honest with us. Last time he said he was tired," New York manager Joe Torre said. "Tonight he had no complaints. He's been around long enough. He's certainly not going to try to fool anybody especially if his health is an issue."

Catcher Kelly Stinnett said Johnson might be going through a dead-arm period.

"He was dragging a little bit. His arm wasn't as high as I've seen in the past. His fastball didn't quite have the bite and the ball was staying flat in the zone," Stinnett said.

"He throws a lot of innings and he's thrown a lot of innings already this year in spring training. Sometimes you go through a dead arm period. That's just part of pitching. You throw so much."

Stinnett said they'll go over film on Wednesday to see if he was tipping pitches.

Glaus went 3-for-4 with three RBI and scored three runs for the Blue Jays, who spent the offseason remaking their roster in the hopes of finally competing with New York.

Yankees right fielder Gary Sheffield drew jeers in the seventh when he dropped a fly ball for an error, allowing Bengie Molina to reach.

Molina later scored on Shawn Chacon's wild pitch, giving Toronto a 10-5 lead.

Rios platoons with Eric Hinske in right, but he's making a case to play every day. His two-run drive off Johnson in the second gave Toronto a 6-4 lead.

Rios is 6-for-11 in his career against Johnson. The 25-year-old is among the league leaders with a .395 average and has five home runs.

"We have a pretty good team that can compete this year," Rios said.

Toronto starter Gustavo Chacin (3-0) settled down after allowing four runs in the first. He gave up five runs and seven hits, while striking out three and walking one in six innings. The 25-year-old was one of a record seven Venezuelan pitchers starting in the majors Tuesday night.

"It's great. Seven starters is awesome. We got a lot of Venezuelan players in the big leagues," Chacin said. "I'm going to watch the highlights."

Glaus hit a two-run homer off Johnson in the first and a solo drive off Chacon in seventh -- the 19th multihomer game of his career and his first since Sept. 11, 2005, at Colorado.

Derek Jeter tripled in the first and scored on Sheffield's RBI single. Rodriguez and Giambi followed with homers on consecutive pitches, giving New York a 4-0 lead.

Johnson, however, allowed Reed Johnson to single in the bottom half and score on Rios' RBI double. One batter later, Glaus homered into the second deck in left -- cutting the lead to 4-3.

Toronto's Lyle Overbay led off the second with a single and advanced to third on Aaron Hill's double. Overbay scored on John McDonald's sacrifice fly. One batter later, Rios homered to left to give Toronto the lead for good.

Johnson was late going to first on a grounder to first baseman Giambi in the third and Giambi threw over the head of the pitcher for an error, allowing Molina to score Toronto's seventh run.

Rios' sacrifice fly in the sixth gave Toronto a 8-4 lead.

Notes

  • New York CF Johnny Damon robbed Vernon Wells twice with two leaping catches at the wall. After crashing face first in the fourth, Damon came up smiling and pointed to Wells, who ended up 0-for-3 -- ending his 12-game hitting streak.
  • Attendance was 48,776.
  • Johnson had trouble against Toronto last season, going 0-2 with a 6.14 ERA in three starts.
  • New York RHP Octavio Dotel (elbow surgery) allowed one hit and struck out one over one scoreless inning in his first extended spring training game. "I've been working hard to get to here," Dotel said. "At this point everything feels good. I hope tomorrow I feel good too, but as far as how I feel, it's nice. Let's see how it goes." Dotel's fastball reached 93 mph and is scheduled for another extended game Friday.
  • New York's Carl Pavano (bruised buttocks) played catch and is slated for his second bullpen session in three days Wednesday.
 
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Randy Johnson blows a four-run lead and is chased after allowing seven runs in 3 1/3.  (AP)
Randy Johnson blows a four-run lead and is chased after allowing seven runs in 3 1/3. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

T. Glaus
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
New York

D. Jeter
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF5000003 .309
Derek Jeter, SS3121101 .360
Gary Sheffield, RF3121102 .309
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4112002 .294
Jason Giambi, 1B3111110 .343
Hideki Matsui, DH4000011 .286
Bernie Williams, LF4010000 .262
Robinson Cano, 2B4110001 .327
Kelly Stinnett, C2010000 .286
   a- Jorge Posada, PH-C2010001 .286
Totals3451053211 
a-fouled out for Stinnett in the 7th
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (5, Speier), Kelly Stinnett (1, Chacin)
3B - Derek Jeter (1, Chacin)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (4, Chacin), Jason Giambi (5, Chacin)
RBI - Derek Jeter (13), Gary Sheffield (12), Alex Rodriguez 2 (11), Jason Giambi (12)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter (6)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Jason Giambi (2, Wild throw), Gary Sheffield (1, Misplayed batted ball)
New York Yankees
Randy Johnson (L,2-2) 3.1977222 4.63
Scott Proctor 2.2111230 1.86
Shawn Chacon 1221011 8.03
Matt Smith 1000000 0.00
WP - Shawn Chacon (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Johnson 81-52, Scott Proctor 48-28, Shawn Chacon 26-17, Matt Smith 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Proctor 1-4, Matt Smith 1-2
Batters Faced - Randy Johnson 19, Scott Proctor 11, Shawn Chacon 6, Matt Smith 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF3110211 .458
Alex Rios, RF4224011 .395
Vernon Wells, CF4000114 .389
Troy Glaus, 3B4333011 .348
Bengie Molina, C4110000 .314
Shea Hillenbrand, DH4010001 .217
Lyle Overbay, 1B3110112 .306
Aaron Hill, 2B4210003 .222
John McDonald, SS3021011 .308
Totals33101284614 
Batting
2B - Alex Rios (2, R. Johnson), Troy Glaus (4, R. Johnson), Aaron Hill (5, R. Johnson)
HR - Alex Rios (5, R. Johnson), Troy Glaus 2 (5, R. Johnson, Chacon)
SF - Alex Rios (2), John McDonald (1)
RBI - Alex Rios 4 (14), Troy Glaus 3 (13), John McDonald (1)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios 2 (5)
CS - Vernon Wells (2, 2nd base by R. Johnson/Stinnett), John McDonald (1, 2nd base by R. Johnson/Stinnett)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Reed Johnson 1
DP - McDonald-Hill-Overbay, Ryan-McDonald-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Gustavo Chacin (W,3-0) 6755312 5.60
Justin Speier 1.1100000 1.29
Scott Schoeneweis 0.2000010 0.00
B.J. Ryan 1200000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Gustavo Chacin 104-62, Justin Speier 10-8, Scott Schoeneweis 6-4, B.J. Ryan 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gustavo Chacin 8-7, Justin Speier 1-3, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, B.J. Ryan 1-1
Batters Faced - Gustavo Chacin 26, Justin Speier 5, Scott Schoeneweis 2, B.J. Ryan 4
Game Information
Attendance - 48776
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Bruce Froemming