2005_08_swright.jpgHe walked off the Yankee Stadium mound on April 23rd with an injured shoulder and a 9.15ERA. At the time, most Yankees’ fans weren’t sorry to see him go. Fast-forward four months later and fans are glad Jaret Wright is back. Monday night he shut down the Blue Jays for seven innings leading the Yankees to a 7-0 victory.

The Yankees took the lead in the second inning when they scored on an error by the Blue Jays. Hideki Matsui padded their advantage with a sacrifice fly in the fifth and a two-run single in the seventh. Jason Giambi went two for three to end a 1 for 28 slump.

Wright and Shawn Chacon have given the Yankees a sorely needed boost in their starting rotation. In July it looked like the Yankees would use a different starter every other day, not they have a set rotation of five pitchers. With their win last night, the Yankees are now in a three-way tie for the wild card lead and are only three and a half games back of the division lead. The enigmatic Al Leiter pitches tonight with Mussina and Chacon rounding out the series against the Blue Jays.

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