Marcus Thames’ seventh inning two-run home run broke a 5-5 tie as the Yankees took the second game of their three game set against the Blue Jays, 7-5. The victory was the Yanks’ eighth straight win.

Initial Reaction:

Javier Vazquez got the start for the Yanks and it’s pretty safe to say that the 34-year-old righty didn’t have much today. He labored through 4 2/3 innings, giving up five earned runs before giving way to Dustin Moseley. Once again, Joe Girardi did not hesitate to lift the starter in favor of his bullpen.

Offensively for the Yanks, Thames seventh inning jack proved to be the decisive blow in the Yanks win. The slugging righty has been awesome over the last two weeks, crushing seven home runs. I didn’t enjoy watching Thames ‘play’ right field, but I’ll take the offense any day.

Positives From The Game:

The Pen: What else can I say about our friend in right-center field? Even though Dustin Moseley allowed a two-run double, both runs were charged to Vazquez. Boone Logan, Kerry Wood, Joba, and Mo went four scoreless innings.

Gardy: Brett Grander stole his 40th base of the year today. What a feat for the speedy lefty. Gardner’s .390 OBP may be just as impressive.

Health: As we learned during the game, A-Rod will come off the disabled list and play tomorrow. Andy Pettitte is only two weeks away from a return. This is all great news.

Negatives From The Game:

Javy: Noted above

Interesting Facts:

.390: Brett Gardner’s .390 OBP is highest among AL outfielders.

8 in a row: The Yanks eight game win streak in the longest of the year.

What’s Next?: Yanks will go for the sweep and their ninth win in a row tomorrow!

Sunday, 1:05 PM, YES: Brett Cecil (11-7, 3.75 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (16-6, 4.10 ERA)

Last Start:
Cecil: Loss, seven innings, two earned runs, seven strikeouts (at TB)
Hughes:
Win, five innings, two earned runs, one strikeout (vs. OAK)

**Cecil defeated the Yankees last week after throwing eight innings of two run ball. He is 6-5 with a 3.81 ERA on the road this year.

**Hughes is 10-3 with a 4.60 ERA at home this year. He is 1-1 against the Jays in three starts this year.