The New York Yankees were defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 8-3. Javier Vazquez looked downright awful and may have pitched his way off of the playoff roster. Alex Rodriguez crushed his 30th home run of the year; more on that mile stone below. With the Rays loss, the Yankees are still behind in the AL East.
The game started approximately 30 minutes late after a great video tribute to Cito Gaston, the retiring Blue Jay manager. In his last home game as manager, former Blue Jay greats came back to honor Cito for the great work he’s done in his two tenures as manager, putting together a 890-836 career record. He will obviously be remembered most for Toronto’s back-to-back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993 and being a manager of a four-time AL East champ. I believe I speak for all baseball fans when I say: we’ll miss you, Cito.
Now that all the gushy stuff is out of the way, let’s talk about how bad Javier Vazquez is. In case there was any doubt, it is now VERY unlikely that he will be joining the Yankees in the 2010 playoffs. If he does, it will only be in garbage time. At this point, he simply cannot be trusted with the ball. His final line? 4.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R (all earned), 0 K, 2 BB. Just terrible.
Alex Rodriguez entered September with 21 home runs and little chance of hitting 30 for the year. Well guess what? He hit his 30th home run of the year off of Brett Cecil. With the homer, he now has hit at least 30 home runs and 100 RBIs for the 13th time in his Hall of Fame career. That is tied for the most all time with Barry Bonds.
The Yankees have their last off day for the season until they ship up to Boston for the last time this year. No, putting that link in articles never gets old, and no, I have no idea who the starter is gonna be. Whoever it is, the game will be at 7:05 PM on the YES Network.