The Yankees lost their first baseman, then they lost the game. Derek Lowe’s bad pickoff throw and Mike McCoy’s alert baserunning in the 11th inning let the Blue Jays get out of Yankee Stadium with a wild 8-7 win. Closer Rafael Soriano had blown a two-out, two-run lead in the ninth, and Derek Jeter’s game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth was rendered meaningless. Perhaps more significantly, Mark Teixeira left the game with a strained left calf and his status is uncertain. Teixeira seemed to hurt his calf in the middle of a fourth-inning at-bat. He was checked on the field, stayed in the game and drew a walk, but he had to sprint from second to score on an awkward single off the shin of the Blue Jays pitcher, and that was the last we saw of him. Teixeira went for an MRI, but we’re still waiting to hear the results. Without Teixeira, the Yankees took a 6-4 lead into the ninth because Robinson Cano homered twice and Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer. Rookie starter David Phelps actually pitched better than four runs, 6.1 innings might suggest. Three of those runs came on a pair of homers, and the fourth scored after he left the game. Phelps allowed five hits and struck out seven in another strong outing.
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