Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4

Larry Fleisher, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

NEW YORK -- Even on a night that the New York Yankees won, there was more bad news.
New York's 6-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night was overshadowed by two injuries to a team already beset by injured players.
The Yankees started the season with Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the disabled list. None of those players appears to be close to returning and now New York is facing at least one more long-term injury and potentially another.
Catcher Francisco Cervelli was hit on the right hand with a foul tip by Toronto leadoff hitter Rajai Davis and taken out of the game. A few innings later, the Yankees announced that Cervelli suffered a fractured right hand and would be out at least six weeks while requiring surgery.
Two innings later, the Yankees lost starter Ivan Nova to a right elbow injury. He was removed two batters into the third after allowing two runs and four hits. The Yankees said the right-hander had right elbow pain and was headed for an RBI.
Without their starting battery, the Yankees patched together the win with their bullpen while getting an eighth-inning home run from Brett Gardner and scoring runs on a wild pitch and a passed ball by Toronto relievers Brad Lincoln and Steve Delabar.
David Phelps (1-1), who might take Nova's rotation spot if a DL stint is necessary, struck out nine in four innings. After Joba Chamberlain retired the side in the seventh, David Robertson worked around a home run to Jose Bautista in the eighth.
Mariano Rivera gave up three hits in the ninth but struck out Colby Rasmus to end it and notch his eighth save in as many opportunities.
Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs and Bautista also hit a homer as Toronto fell to 9-15 and lost for the fourth time in five games.
Aaron Laffey filled in for Josh Johnson (triceps) and gave up two hits and two runs while issuing five walks in 2 2/3 innings. Brad Lincoln (0-1) took the loss after allowing two runs in the fourth.
Toronto's pitching staff issued eight walks and three relievers combined to throw 109 pitches.
Toronto went up 1-0 when Encarnacion hit a 3-and-1 fastball from Nova well into the left-field seats, marking the fourth straight game that he homered. The Blue Jays had two more hits in the inning off Nova, but Melky Cabrera was caught stealing second and Maicer Izturis grounded out to second, stranding Brett Lawrie.
After the Yankees tied it on an RBI groundout by Eduardo Nunez in the second, Toronto regained the lead on a run-scoring single by Rasmus off Phelps. That lead was short-lived as New York loaded the bases with one out in the third but scored just once on a Vernon Wells sacrifice fly.
The Yankees took a 4-2 lead in the fourth when Lyle Overbay tripled to left-center field and scored on a wild pitch by Lincoln.
NOTES: Johnson had an MRI on Friday and said the soreness is not in his right elbow or triceps. He also thought that he would be able to make his next scheduled start. ... Toronto batted Rasmus second with the hope that he would emerge from an 0-for-10 slump. ... Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang made a second start for triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday and has a 0.75 ERA after allowing one earned run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. But that does not mean a rotation change is coming. "I'm not looking to make a change," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Our organization isn't looking to make a change. We want to get guys going." ... Kevin Youkilis missed his sixth consecutive game with tightness in his lower back. The Yankees have not planned a stint on the DL just yet, but that could change. "It's been a week now," Girardi said. "So I think you look and see where he's at tomorrow and then you make a decision what you're going to do and when you think you're going to get him back.

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