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Posada drives in winning run with single in 12th to lift Yankees

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Jorge Posada tried to find A.J. Burnett after his game-ending hit Saturday. He darted away when Joba Chamberlain jumped in front of him, and Burnett crept up for a direct hit with one of his whipped cream pies.

Just another fun day at home for the New York Yankees.

Posada singled in the winning run in the 12th inning to lift New York to a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, coming up with the clutch hit after a rough game behind the plate.

  Yankees starter Wang strains right shoulder

"Jorge had a great day and he got banged up a lot," manager Joe Girardi said. "I kept asking him how many fingers I was holding up and for the most part his answers were close enough."

Posada also homered in his first game back after missing New York's 4-2 win over the Blue Jays on Friday with a sore left thumb. He admitted to being partly relieved when the long day was over.

"The win was the most important thing," he said. "The bullpen did an amazing job, keeping us in the game and giving us a chance to win."

With one out and runners on first and second, Posada lined a 1-1 pitch from Shawn Camp (0-4) into center field. Alex Rodriguez scored without a play as the Yankees poured out of the dugout to congratulate Posada near first base.

New York has won nine of 10 to move to a season-best 14 games above .500 and pull within a game of AL East-leading Boston, which lost 3-2 to Seattle. Brett Tomko (1-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

  MLB pays tribute to Gehrig

"They have a good lineup so you've just got to hope that you can hold them for a few innings, score some runs yourself," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "Otherwise they will come back and beat you."

Adam Lind hit a two-run homer and Alex Rios had three RBI for Toronto, which has lost six of seven. Scott Rolen doubled in the fourth and is batting .407 (35 for 86) during his career-best 21-game hitting streak.

"We're not playing bad. We're just not playing good enough," Lind said. "Just need to score more runs."

Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui also homered for the Yankees, who lost starter Chien-Ming Wang to a strained right shoulder and bursitis in the sixth inning. Wang, who missed time earlier this season with weakness in his hips, went for an MRI that revealed the injury.

"It was unfortunate because I thought today was his best start," said Girardi, who wasn't sure yet what the Yankees would do about Wang's next turn in the rotation. "He'll need some rest."

New York improved to 25-15 at the new Yankee Stadium, where 135 homers have been hit already this season. The Yankees will reach the halfway point of their home slate on Sunday afternoon against the Blue Jays.

The Yankees led Roy Halladay and Toronto 3-2 before the Blue Jays rallied in the sixth. Marco Scutaro led off with a double and Lind hit a one-out drive over the wall in right for his 17th homer.

Wang then threw a ball to Rolen before Posada motioned to the dugout that something was wrong with the right-hander. Girardi and assistant trainer Steve Donohue came out to the mound, and Wang headed for the dugout after a short discussion.

Rios added an RBI single off David Robertson that gave the Blue Jays a 5-3 lead.

Toronto's three-run inning put Halladay in position to become the majors' first 11-game winner but the right-hander never looked comfortable in his first start at New York's cozy new ballpark.

Derek Jeter hit a leadoff single in the seventh and Damon followed with a drive that landed a few rows back in right, tying it at 5.

Halladay equaled a career worst by allowing three homers over seven innings in his second start since coming off the disabled list after being sidelined with a sore groin. He is 16-5 with a 2.90 ERA in 34 games, 31 starts, against the Yankees.

"I feel like I did before," he said. "It's just a matter of making some poor pitches at times."

Before the game, Jeter helped Major League Baseball commemorate the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's luckiest man speech, reading the famous line from the icon's stirring words during a video tribute. The Yankees also placed a wreath of red, white and blue flowers by Gehrig's plaque in Monument Park and made a $25,000 donation to Major League Baseball's "4 (diamond) ALS" initiative, an effort to raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis -- the disease that forced Gehrig out of baseball in 1939 and took his life two years later.

Notes

  • Toronto placed RHP Scott Richmond (shoulder tendinitis) on the 15-day disabled list after the game. LHP Brett Cecil will start Sunday's game and LHP Brad Mills will be called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to start Tuesday at Tampa Bay.
  • New York owner George Steinbrenner turned 79.
  • Girardi said Rodriguez could get a day off Sunday.
 
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More happy times in the Bronx as Jorge Posada is cheered after his single wins it for N.Y. (Getty Images)
More happy times in the Bronx as Jorge Posada is cheered after his single wins it for N.Y. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Posada
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Toronto

A. Rios
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS6120001 .283
Aaron Hill, 2B5010011 .297
Adam Lind, DH5112111 .309
Scott Rolen, 3B4110103 .331
Lyle Overbay, 1B3100204 .260
Vernon Wells, CF4110113 .252
Alex Rios, RF5023001 .262
Dave Dellucci, LF5000014 .234
Rod Barajas, C3010000 .268
    Jose Bautista, PR0000000 .254
    Raul Chavez, C2010001 .263
Totals42510554  
Batting
2B - Marco Scutaro (25, Wang), Scott Rolen (24, Wang), Vernon Wells (22, Wang)
HR - Adam Lind (17, Wang)
SH - Aaron Hill (1)
RBI - Adam Lind 2 (55), Alex Rios 3 (41)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios (16)
SB - Vernon Wells (13, 2nd base off Coke/Posada)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Hill-Scutaro-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay 7955333 2.79
Brandon League 1100010 5.30
Jeremy Accardo 0.2000210 3.52
Jesse Carlson 0.1000000 5.02
Shawn Camp (L,0-4) 2.1211140 4.10
IBB - Rodriguez by Jeremy Accardo, Rodriguez by Shawn Camp
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 108-65, Brandon League 10-7, Jeremy Accardo 26-14, Jesse Carlson 4-3, Shawn Camp 44-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 9-8, Brandon League 1-1, Jesse Carlson 1-0, Shawn Camp 3-0
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 32, Brandon League 4, Jeremy Accardo 4, Jesse Carlson 1, Shawn Camp 10
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS5110120 .308
Johnny Damon, LF4212221 .287
Mark Teixeira, 1B6030000 .279
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3121302 .244
Robinson Cano, 2B60000010 .300
Jorge Posada, C6122010 .269
Hideki Matsui, DH4121000 .259
    Cody Ransom, PR-DH0000000 .190
   a- Nick Swisher, PH-DH1000000 .235
Melky Cabrera, RF5010021 .280
Brett Gardner, CF5000022 .277
Totals45612669  
a-grounded out for Ransom in the 10th
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira (23, Camp), Hideki Matsui (15, League)
HR - Johnny Damon (16, Halladay), Jorge Posada (11, Halladay), Hideki Matsui (12, Halladay)
RBI - Johnny Damon 2 (49), Alex Rodriguez (43), Jorge Posada 2 (35), Hideki Matsui (32)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez (16)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Cano-Jeter-Teixeira, Wang-Jeter-Teixeira, Jeter-Cano-Teixeira
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang 5.1644111 9.64
David Robertson 0.2111210 2.84
Brian Bruney 1200100 3.68
Phil Hughes 1000000 4.20
Mariano Rivera 1100000 2.60
Phil Coke 2000110 2.97
Brett Tomko (W,1-2) 1000010 5.19
IBB - Lind by Brian Bruney
WP - David Robertson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 65-45, David Robertson 30-15, Brian Bruney 13-8, Phil Hughes 8-5, Mariano Rivera 20-14, Phil Coke 20-14, Brett Tomko 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 9-4, Brian Bruney 1-2, Mariano Rivera 2-0, Phil Coke 1-4
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 21, David Robertson 5, Brian Bruney 6, Phil Hughes 3, Mariano Rivera 3, Phil Coke 7, Brett Tomko 3
Game Information
Attendance - 46620
Game Time - 4:05
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - John Hirschbeck