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Robinson Cano homers twice in win over Blue Jays

May 18, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

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Robinson Cano homered twice while David Phelps had the longest outing of his career as the Yankees topped the Blue Jays 7-2 this afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Brandon Morrow, who was recently skipped twice in Toronto’s rotation due to neck and back tightness, gave up five runs in five innings in the loss. Cano did most of the damage, as he connected for a two-run home run in the three-run third inning and another two-run blast in the fifth inning. He’s now tied with the Indians’ Mark Reynolds for the American League lead with 12 home runs.

Phelps tossed seven innings of one-run ball in the victory. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed six hits and three walks while striking out eight and now owns a 3.83 ERA on the year. As Zachary Levine of Baseball Prospectus notes, he quietly has 142 strikeouts over 142 innings in the major leagues.

Travis Hafner was back in action this afternoon after missing four games due to shoulder tendinitis and launched a two-run homer in the eighth inning. The 35-year-old has seven home runs in 33 games this season, including five in 54 at-bats at Yankee Stadium.

After winning four straight, the Blue Jays have dropped back-to-back games to fall to 17-26 on the season. The Yankees will have CC Sabathia on the hill tomorrow as they go for the sweep while Toronto will counter with R.A. Dickey.

  1. randygnyc - May 18, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    The Yankees own an 8-1 record over the jays this year. Yesterday it was minor leaguers Adams, romine and AAAA’er Nix who did the damage.

    • proudlycanadian - May 18, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      Boo hiss! So far this season, the Yankees obviously have made a pact with Lucifer.

      • bigharold - May 18, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        “.. the Yankees obviously have made a pact with Lucifer.”

        No, .. it’s just that the force is strong with these Yankees. I bet you wasn’t aware that Cashman is a Sith Lord?

        Come over to the dark side, .. we have beer!

      • proudlycanadian - May 18, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        Alas, I prefer Canadian wine.

      • bigharold - May 18, 2013 at 8:51 PM

        “I prefer Canadian wine. ”

        As in; “..Oh the Jays are having issues this year. Oh no, .. that’s whine, .. not wine. Either way the pinstripes are kryptonite to the Bevermen this year!

      • proudlycanadian - May 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        As long as you do not claim that the Yankees are turning water into wine.

      • nbjays - May 18, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        “Come over to the dark side, .. we have beer!”

        So do we, Harold… but ours has alcohol in it. :-)

      • badintent - May 19, 2013 at 3:18 AM

        We have beer (with alcohol ) but no chicken wings !

      • deathmonkey41 - May 19, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        “proudlycanadian – May 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        As long as you do not claim that the Yankees are turning water into wine.”

        That’s silly. But once Derek Jeter took 5 loaves of bread and two fishes and mutliplied them to feed the masses in the Bronx.

    • bigharold - May 18, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      Nix might not be a force at the plate but he’s not AAAA either.

      He’s a solid pro that does just about every well, especially playing 3 infield positions at a high level. Nix is one of those Cashman pick ups that goes under the radar but he covers a lot of ground for the Yankees. He just never going to hit for .300.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 18, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      every team is happy to see the bluejays on their schedule let me tell ya, i wish the Yanks were playing them for the next 20 games straight

      • duckthefodgers - May 18, 2013 at 8:21 PM

        Except the Giants…

      • abaird2012 - May 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        Harry, where were you when the star-crossed Jays had their four-game win streak? We didn’t hear a peep. Woulda thought you’d have something to say about it, as it might be the only time that happens this season,

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 19, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        abaird2012 hey its a long season and i will predict the jays will win 4 in a row again sometime this year but big deal they put themselves in such a hole it will be nearly impossible for them to get out of it. History backs up what i say on that so look up how many teams had the start the jays have and actually got in the playoffs, not gonna happen for the jays

  2. bigharold - May 18, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    “Robinson Cano homers twice in win over Blue Jays”

    To be fair one of those HRs was, as described by David Cone, “porched” The other one was a HR just about anywhere.

    • frank433 - May 18, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      If its out, it’s out. They don’t all have to be 450 foot bombs to count. Wall scrapers are still out.

      • thebadguyswon - May 18, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        Yup….and plenty of wall scrapers in Yankee Stadium.

    • southofheaven81 - May 19, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      They don’t move the wall out when the visiting team comes to bat. Maybe if the Blue Jay’s “porched” a few more balls they would have won the game.

  3. randygnyc - May 18, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    And rings

  4. randygnyc - May 18, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    In fact, wall scrapers hurt even more, lol.

  5. randygnyc - May 18, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Thebadguys- a little known fact is that in between innings, when no one is looking, the walls move farther when the visitors bat. That’s really unfair.

    • badintent - May 19, 2013 at 3:20 AM

      Damn ! you let the cat out of the bag ! No One is supposed to know except NSA, CIA and 30 Rock..Rats !

  6. uyf1950 - May 18, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Cano broke out of what was a mini slump for him. The Yankees continue to look good and as I’ve said before it seems like someone new contributes every day. Today it was Cano, Phelps and Hafner. It’s anyone’s guess who it will be tomorrow.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 18, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      Ugh, Cano has more HR’s than walks so far this year. That looming extension is starting to look more and more dreadful by the game.

  7. bigharold - May 18, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    “Cano has more HR’s than walks so far this year.”

    He also has more HRs than just about anybody else in the AL but lets not get too focused on that.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 18, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Mark Reynolds, with a career .333 OBP, has 8 more walks than Cano does this year. I’m not just focusing on it, but if you think his lack of patient isn’t an issue when the Yanks are looking at extending him for 7-8 years, well…

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 18, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        Sigh, patience.

    • nbjays - May 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM

      He’s tied with Reynolds and Encarnacion for the AL lead with 12. Not like he’s a runaway winner here.

  8. cackalackyank - May 18, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    How bout Phelps with consecutive strong outings. Previous game he pitched great…just no runs supporting it. Looks like no worries about who will be filling a spot behind CC for some time to come.

    • Kevin S. - May 19, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      He’s been a stud. I’ve always liked the idea of him as a multi-inning reliever better, but if he keeps pitching like this the Yanks’ will be hard-pressed to take him out of the rotation before Pineda is healthy and ready to go.

      • cackalackyank - May 19, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        Not even sure they should take him out at all. Pettitte hurting,Hughes not doing well, Nova iffy, so there could be room all season long.

      • Kevin S. - May 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        I think with Hughes that you just want to game the rotation so that he pitches on the road as much as possible. With everybody healthy though, the rotation would still be, IMO, CC-Kuroda-Pettitte-Pineda-Hughes, with Phelps ready to step in for anybody who needs to miss a start. Would not have a problem optioning Nova for the rest of the year. It would definitely bounce him from normal Arb1 to Super-Two status, and might delay arbitration another year entirely.

  9. 950003cups - May 19, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    What the Yankees are showing this year is that it ain’t about the money. They’ll win with a bunch of castaways. It’s in their DNA. Put on the uniform and you play better and stay better fit the rest if your career. Opposite with the Mets. They destroy good players.

    Yankees = turn water in to wine
    Mets = turn wine in to urine

  10. 950003cups - May 19, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Stop hating on the Jays. I like that they went out to try to improve their team. They spent a boatload of cash doing it. It just shows that you can’t buy championships like everyone accuses the Yankees of doing. What’s the excuse for the Yankees gettin it done this year? As a life long fan, and I’m not alone, I couldn’t name 1/8 of this years roster a few weeks ago.

  11. jimeejohnson - May 19, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    “just shows that you can’t buy championships”

    L.A. Dodgers finding that out more and more.

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