Toronto Proves Canada Has No Spine


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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](http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings) of the AL East’s first-place Red Sox after [Boston won last night](http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=270716102).


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.


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