Who’s the New York Yankees’ most clutch player? Derek Jeter? Hideki Matsui? Mariano Rivera? Forget all those high-priced superstars, little-known Andy Phillips is throwing his name in the hat. For the second straight night, Phillips singled home the go-ahead runs as the Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4. The Yanks have now captured four out of five games since the All-Star break, but they still remain nine games back of the AL East’s first-place Red Sox after Boston won last night.
Alex Rodriguez contributed a two-run home run in the triumph—number 496 for those keeping track—but the bigger storyline concerning A-Rod is the tiny pink skirts worn by the Toronto pitchers when facing him. Toronto, who complained like little baby girls following “Shoutgate” on May 31, refused to stick a fastball in A-Rod’s ear to ensure he keeps his mouth shut this time around. Like always, however, the Canadians cowered out, and tempers remained calm for most of the night.