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Yankees 7, Blue Jays 2

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NEW YORK -- Robinson Cano hit a pair of two-run homer runs and David Phelps pitched a career-high seven innings on Saturday as the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-2, in front of an announced crowd of 45,577 at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees (27-16) beat the Blue Jays for the eighth time in nine games this season.

Toronto (17-26) appeared to be emerging from its year-long funk when it scored 36 runs in a four-game winning streak earlier this week, but the Blue Jays have scored only two runs in the first two games of the series in New York.

Cano produced his second two-home run game of the season and the 12th of his career with two two-out blasts to right field off Brandon Morrow.

Cano's home run in the third capped a three-run inning and his blast in the fifth extended the lead to 5-1.

Cano, who has never had a three-home run game, struck out in the eighth.

Travis Hafner, who missed the previous five games because of a sore right shoulder, provided insurance later in the eighth with a two-run home run.

Brett Gardner hit an RBI single right before Cano's first home run.

Phelps continued to make a case to remain in the rotation once injured Ivan Nova returns by allowing one run on six hits and three walks. He tied a career high with eight strikeouts.

In 19 2/3 innings over his last three starts, Phelps has allowed only four runs and has a 2.84 ERA in four starts since Nova was injured on April 26.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo home run in the eighth, while Adam Lind had two doubles for the Blue Jays.

Lind scored Toronto's first run in the fourth when he doubled and scored on Colby Rasmus' two-out single to right. Curtis Granderson, making his major league debut in right, seemed to misread the ball off the bat.

Morrow, who hadn't started since May 5 because of to back and neck tightness, allowed five runs on seven hits with no walks and one strikeout in five innings.

NOTES: David Phelps had pitched 6 2/3 innings three times previously, including in his previous start on Monday at Cleveland. ... With 12 home runs each, Edwin Encarnacion and Robinson Cano are in a three-way tie for the American League lead with Mark Reynolds of Cleveland, who also hit a home run earlier Saturday. ... Before the game, the Yankees acquired infielder Reid Brignac from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for cash considerations. To make room for Brignac on the active roster, infielder Alberto Gonzalez was designated for assignment. The Yankees began the game with a shortened roster because Brignac was not yet in New York. ... Before this week, Curtis Granderson had not started anywhere in the outfield but center field since Oct. 2, 2005, when he started in left field for the Detroit Tigers. ... Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson, who has been on the disabled list since April 29 because of a right triceps injury, is scheduled to make his first rehab start for Single-A Dunedin on Monday. ... Toronto manager John Gibbons said right-hander Chad Jenkins will start Monday's series opener against Tampa Bay. He'll be followed Tuesday by right-hander Ramon Ortiz.
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