During the past month, the New York Yankees have proven that they’re capable marine animals, fattening up off the plankton—Tampa Bay (two series), Kansas City (two series) and Baltimore—of Major League Baseball. But are they sharks or just middle-of-the-food-chain fish? Yesterday, they inched closer to proving that they’re the former, nipping a surging Toronto squad 5-4 and moving within one-half game of Wild Card leading-Detroit.
The fireworks came during a four-run sixth inning, highlighted by a Robinson Cano (pictured) two-run double. Melky Cabrera then plated him with an RBI single and led the team with three hits, including a triple. The win improved the Yankees to 19-7 since the All-Star break, giving them a league-best .720 winning percentage during that span, and the victory also marked the first time Andy Pettite has won consecutive starts this season.
It was a wild day in Toronto, even without considering Detroit and the four-run sixth. In the second inning, Blue Jays starter Jesse Litsch threw behind Alex Rodriguez, apparently belated payback for A-Rod’s “Shoutgate” more than two months ago. Then in the fourth, Rodriguez slid hard into Toronto shortstop John McDonald while trying to break up a double play, swiping his left arm in anger and shouting at second base umpire Derryl Cousins. But since Litsch didn’t actually hit A-Rod, and then Toronto didn’t retaliate for the fourth-inning incident, I still say that Canadians have no spines.