With a depleted lineup, the Yankees won tonight’s game by denying runs as much as scoring them. Pitching and defense carried the day, and the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 3-2 in the first game of this home stand. Brett Gardner’s two-run home run was the biggest offensive blow. The defensive gems belonged to all three outfielders — Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Andruw Jones — each of whom made a key catch. The win went to Nova, who has now won 15 games, the most for a Yankees rookie since 1968. As of right now, the Red Sox are losing in the ninth inning, so this win could move the Yankees back into first place in the American League East.
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