The Yankees most consistent pitcher of late, Orlando Hernandez, officially became a Yankee pitcher yesterday when he pulled up lame in the 3rd inning. Hernandez suffered from a tight hamstring. No word yet on whether this will affect his next start. Somehow the likes of Juan Padilla, Bret Prinz, Scott Proctor, and Tom Gordon held the Blue Jays in check long enough for the Yankee offense to score 4 in the 8th inning and 2 in the ninth inning for their fourth straight win over the Blue Jays this year. (Box Score 7-4)
Ted Lilly (who blanked the Yanks last week for seven innings) pitched six innings of two hit, one run ball. He then turned it over to the Jays bullpen which fell apart. Jorge Posada hit a three run homer off of Justin Speier in the 8th inning. Posada has had a power surge the last two games. Posada hit a Grand Slam yesterday giving him 7 RBI in the last two games.
Bernie Williams, Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield all hit solo home runs. For Sheffield his ninth inning home run was the 400th of his career. He said that he was enjoying it in right field the following inning, gloating to the fans in the right field seats, and soaking in the joys of the accomplishment.
Off the field the Yankees still have more questions than answers. What is wrong with Jason Giambi and when will we know? Is Fred McGriff on his way to the Bronx? Where is the Big Unit? When will Cashman make his move? Unfortunately most of these questions will not be answered for another day or two. Sweeney Murti of WFAN told Mac and Sid that Cashman does not want to make any deal until Randy Johnson is traded. He does not want to give away a player in another deal that may have been a piece of the puzzle to get Johnson.
The Yankees finish there three game series tonight in Toronto by sending Jon Lieber (7-6, 4.94) to the hill against, Miguel Batista (9-6, 4.04). Batista has won five of his last six starts. The Yankees head back to the stadium for the Orioles on Thursday.