As speculation continues to mount regarding the Yankees’ interest in acquiring an outfielder now that Brett Gardner has suffered another setback with his injured right elbow, the players who are currently filling his void continue to produce.
After Raul Ibanez hit a game-winning grand slam on Monday, Andruw Jones came up with the decisive homer in a 6-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. The two veterans have formed a platoon in left field to replace Gardner, and both have had a knack for clutch hits.
Robinson Cano led off the bottom of the second with a single, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 20 games – which is also the longest active streak in majors. Nick Swisher followed with a walk, and then Jones hit a screaming liner into the left field seats to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. It was Jones’ 12th home run of the season, as he is averaging nearly one long ball in every 11 at-bats.
CC Sabathia picked up his 10th win of the season in his first start after a three-week stint on the disabled list for a left groin injury. The big lefty pitched as if he hadn’t missed a beat, hurling six-plus scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out six.
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