Yankees 7, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO (AP)—The New York Yankees overcame the loss of yet another starting pitcher to an injury.
Jorge Posada hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning, Gary Sheffield connected for his 400th career home run and the Yankees rallied for a 7-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
Orlando Hernandez became the latest Yankees starter with an injury, leaving after the second inning with tightness in his left hamstring. Mike Mussina and Kevin Brown are both on the disabled list, and Tanyon Sturtze injured his right pinky in the brawl with Boston on Saturday.
“I don’t even want to think about it. We’ve been lucky,” New York manager Joe Torre said. “There’s not a whole lot of skilled involved. We’ve been able to dance around this thing right now, but you certainly don’t want to make a living doing that.”
Hernandez thinks he’ll be able to make his next start. He first noticed the tightness two days ago.
“I didn’t feel it before the game, but in the second inning I felt it,” Hernandez said. “I wanted to keep pitching but the manager said no.”
New York managed just two hits through seven innings, but Toronto reliever Kerry Ligtenberg (1-3) allowed all three batters he faced to reach in the eighth.
One night after hitting a grand slam in Monday’s victory, Posada homered off Speier, giving New York a 5-2 lead.
Posada credited the bullpen with the win.
“They did a very good job. They kept us close and gave us a chance to get going with the bats,” Posada said.
Bernie Williams and Sheffield added solo homers off Micheal Nakamura in the ninth. Sheffield passed Al Kaline for 38th on the all-time list.
“This means everything because I never thought I’d reach 400 home runs,” Sheffield said. “I was just hoping to get 100. When I came in the league they told me I’d be a speed guy. I’m trilled to death to get this milestone.”
Scott Proctor (1-0) got two outs for his first major league win.
Rodriguez homered on his 29th birthday, giving New York a 1-0 lead in the third. Rodriguez has 21 home runs at SkyDome, the most by any opponent.
Alex Rios followed with a single, and Orlando Hudson doubled to right. Rios attempted to score on the play, but second baseman Miguel Cairo threw out a sliding Rios at the plate. Rios missed the plate with his leg and Posada appeared to tag Rios’ jersey as he reached back to touch home with his hand.
Toronto manager Carlos Tosca argued the call. Toronto DH Frank Catalanotto was ejected after watching the replay on a television beside the dugout.
Catalanotto had to be restrained after crew chief Gary Darling ejected him.
“He snapped on me … and told us we couldn’t look at the monitor,” Catalanotto said. “I didn’t like the way he spoke to me so I let him know about it.”
Darling said Catalanotto shouldn’t have looked at the monitor by the dugout. He said he should have gone to the clubhouse to do it.
“Frank came up to me and tried to play all big man,” Darling said. “I told him to calm down. He kept going. I told him a second time, and said ‘If you don’t stop I’m going to run you.’ He kept going, so I ran him.”
Toronto starter Ted Lilly got a no-decision despite allowing just one run on two hits in six innings against his former team.
Despite giving up Hinske’s triple with two outs in the ninth, Tom Gordon pitched 1 2-3 innings for his third save.
Hernandez didn’t allow a hit, but he walked three. Padilla replaced him to start the third. … Brown has been sidelined since June 9 with a lower back spasm and an intestinal parasite, but could return Friday if a bullpen session goes well on Wednesday. … Lilly went 8-12 with a 4.65 ERA in parts of three seasons with New York.