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Jeter ties career-high 5 RBI as Yankees sweep Jays

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NEW YORK -- No matter how many pitches CC Sabathia throws, his spot is secure atop the Yankees' rotation.

Turns out, all five guys behind him will get another start as well.

Sabathia earned his 19th win, Derek Jeter tied a career high with five RBI and New York polished off a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 9-3 victory Sunday.

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After the game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced that the team had reversed course and would go with six starters at least one more time through the rotation. Girardi had said it was important to cut down to five soon, and he was planning to pull the odd man out this week.

"I'm allowed to change my mind," Girardi explained. "We want to see it again. We liked what we saw from our guys."

Girardi acknowledged that A.J. Burnett's latest outing played a role in the decision. After struggling badly for most of the summer, Burnett tweaked his mechanics before Thursday night's start and turned in a solid performance at Boston.

"I'm real curious. I loved what I saw from A.J. in Boston," Girardi said. "There's no rush to make this decision."

Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher all homered for the Yankees, who increased their AL East lead to 1½ games when the Red Sox lost to Texas. Sabathia struck out 10 in 7 1/3 innings to win his seventh consecutive start against Toronto.

One big reason for that success: Sabathia has dominated his matchups with slugger Jose Bautista. The major league home run leader is 0 for 18 with eight strikeouts against the big lefty after going hitless in three tries Sunday.

"He's one of the best hitters in the league," Sabathia said. "Hopefully I can keep it up."

Bautista did hit a colossal homer off Rafael Soriano in the eighth, cutting it to 5-3 and joining Carlos Delgado (1999, 2000) as the only Blue Jays to sock 40 home runs in successive seasons.

Soriano avoided further damage and New York tacked on four runs in the eighth against Toronto's bullpen. Swisher hit a two-run shot and Jeter, rested Saturday, had a two-run single to go with his three-run homer in the third.

It was the fourth time in his career that he has knocked in five runs. The previous time was June 18, 2005, against the Cubs.

"This is the fun part of the season," Jeter said. "It's a lot more fun when you're contributing."

After a disappointing start, the 37-year-old Jeter is batting .346 with 17 extra-base hits and 34 RBI in 50 games since coming off the disabled list July 4.

"He's been awesome," Rodriguez said. "He's doing it all. Pretty amazing right now."

Prized prospect Jesus Montero had two hits for the Yankees, who boosted their record in day games to a big league-best 37-9. They have won four straight and seven of eight overall to move a season-high 32 games over .500 at 85-53.

It was New York's eighth sweep this season and first of at least three games against Toronto since August 2006 at the old Yankee Stadium.

"We have the mentality right now that every pitch is the last pitch of the season," Rodriguez said.

Brett Cecil (4-8) went six innings for the Blue Jays, who have lost eight of 11. He is 0-4 in seven starts since winning consecutive outings against Texas in late July.

"I had a good changeup. I had a good curveball," Cecil said. "The pitch to Jeter just needed to be a little more in."

Sabathia (19-7) threw 128 pitches, two shy of his career high, over six innings Tuesday night at Fenway Park to improve to 1-4 in five starts against Boston this season. He was much more efficient against Toronto, which was no surprise.

The 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner is 12-3 in 15 career starts against the Blue Jays, including 3-0 this year and 7-0 since the beginning of the 2007 season. He ranks second in the majors in wins behind Detroit ace Justin Verlander (21-5).

"Work doesn't bother him. He could probably pitch on three days' rest all season long," said Mark Teixeira, who returned to the New York lineup after missing two games with a sore right knee. "He's just a horse."

Sabathia yielded six hits, walked one and threw 111 pitches. He retired 10 in a row after Mark Teahen's RBI double made it 4-2 in the fourth and needs two strikeouts to join Javier Vazquez and Tim Wakefield as the only active pitchers with 2,000.

Rodriguez, who returned to the lineup Saturday after missing six games with a sprained left thumb, hit a leadoff homer in the sixth to the short porch in right.

"I'm not blaming the park, but it's unbelievable what you have to deal with here," Cecil said. "I got it in on his hands. He was fighting to get his hands through."

It was A-Rod's 628th career homer and 15th this season. He tied Carl Yastrzemski for 15th place on the career list with 1,816 runs.

"It was a flyball to right. I got very lucky that ball sailed over the fence. Couldn't believe it," Rodriguez said.

Notes

  • Toronto played its 10th straight game without manager John Farrell. He is recovering from pneumonia and could rejoin the team Monday for the opener of a four-game series at home against Boston. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu has been running the team in Farrell's place
  • Yankees CF Curtis Granderson was rested. He is 2 for 14 (.143) against Cecil.
  • Hall of Fame C Yogi Berra visited the Yankees clubhouse and attended the game, drawing a warm ovation when he was shown on the big video board.
 
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Dominating the Blue Jays, especially slugger Jose Bautista, CC Sabathia picks up his 19th win for the Yankees. (US Presswire)
Dominating the Blue Jays, especially slugger Jose Bautista, CC Sabathia picks up his 19th win for the Yankees. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Jeter
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
New York

C. Sabathia
IP 7.1
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 10
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike McCoy, SS5010022 .214
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000021 .217
Jose Bautista, RF4111011 .309
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4130010 .277
Brett Lawrie, 3B3100103 .317
Mark Teahen, LF4021011 .189
Jose Molina, DH3001011 .286
   a- Eric Thames, PH-DH1000010 .277
J.P. Arencibia, C3010102 .218
Dewayne Wise, CF4000034 .226
Totals35383212  
a-struck out for Molina in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mark Teahen (4, Sabathia)
HR - Jose Bautista (40, Soriano)
RBI - Jose Bautista (92), Mark Teahen (13), Jose Molina (13)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Edwin Encarnacion (12, Missed catch of throw), Mike McCoy (2, Throwing), Dewayne Wise (1, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Cecil (L,4-8) 6554132 4.60
Jesse Litsch 1000120 4.39
Jon Rauch 0.2233101 4.85
Rommie Lewis 0.1211100 4.91
HBP - Gardner (by Brett Cecil)
WP - Jesse Litsch (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Cecil 84-53, Jesse Litsch 22-14, Jon Rauch 26-14, Rommie Lewis 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Cecil 7-8, Jesse Litsch 1-1, Jon Rauch 2-0
Batters Faced - Brett Cecil 25, Jesse Litsch 5, Jon Rauch 5, Rommie Lewis 4
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF1200301 .268
Derek Jeter, SS5125014 .298
Mark Teixeira, 1B5010015 .247
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4111011 .289
    Brandon Laird, 3B0000000 .167
Robinson Cano, 2B4110001 .306
Nick Swisher, RF4112000 .268
Andruw Jones, LF4000010 .245
    Chris Dickerson, LF0000000 .310
Russell Martin, C3100110 .237
Jesus Montero, DH3120000 .300
    Eduardo Nunez, PR-DH1110000 .266
Totals3499845  
Batting
HR - Derek Jeter (5, Cecil), Alex Rodriguez (15, Cecil), Nick Swisher (22, Rauch)
RBI - Derek Jeter 5 (54), Alex Rodriguez (54), Nick Swisher 2 (80)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (17)
SB - Brett Gardner (42, 2nd base off Cecil/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Brett Gardner (3, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
CC Sabathia (W,19-7) 7.16221100 2.97
Rafael Soriano (H,19) 0.2211001 4.45
Cory Wade 1000120 2.10
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 111-79, Rafael Soriano 14-8, Cory Wade 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 6-6, Rafael Soriano 1-1
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 29, Rafael Soriano 4, Cory Wade 4
Game Information
Attendance - 47464
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi