The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 7-3. Although Ivan Nova started the game, Kerry Wood got the win with 1.2 innings of hitless relief. With the win, the Yankees move to 84-5o on the year and now have a two game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Brett Gardner sneaks past former Yankee catcher Jose Molina - AP

Initial Reaction:

The Yankee offense didn’t flash the pure power that they’ve had during their winning streak, but were still able to get the job done via hits that stayed in the ballpark. The first four batters (Gardy, Grandy, Teix, and Cano) all had at least one RBI.

Ivan Nova lacked the command that earned him the starting job over Dustin Moseley, but he did give the Yankees 4.2 innings of solid pitching. Boone Logan, Dave Robertson, Kerry Wood, and Mariano Rivera finished off the potent Blue Jay offense.

Positives From The Game:

Curtis Keeps It Going: September has been very kind to Curtis Granderson. He smoked a double in the third inning that scored two, including a hustling Brett Gardner who scored from first. He added another double in the sixth which also scored Brett Gardner.

The Backups Coming Up Big: Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez, filling in for injured A-Rod and slumping Derek Jeter, combined for four hits and two runs.

Negatives From The Game:

One Out Away: I don’t blame Joe Girardi for taking out Ivan Nova with two outs in the fifth, thus taking away his chance for a win. He had his chance the batter before, but he couldn’t retire former Yankee Jose Molina. I commend Joey G for bringing in Boone Logan to face Lyle Overbay.

Interesting Facts:

Brett Gardner has drawn a walk in his past eight games for a total of eleven during that span.

Curtis Granderson has two hits in every game so far in September.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees have their second of four straight 1:05 games. The game can be viewed on the YES Network.

Projected Starters:

Mark Rzepczynski (1-3, 6.03 ERA) vs. Javier Vazquez (10-9, 4.86 ERA)