Two problems for the Yankees this afternoon: CC Sabathia wasn’t especially sharp, and the pieced-together lineup wasn’t particularly productive. Too many scoring opportunities were squandered in an 8-5 loss to the Blue Jays. Toronto took two of three this series, and the Yankees lineup looks weak. The Yankees were 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position — 17 at-bats with a runner at second or third! — and those missed opportunities cost them. It wasn’t only guys like Steve Pearce and Andruw Jones who missed RBI chances, so did Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano. At one point or another, every spot in the Yankees batting order came up with a runner in scoring position. Only Jones, Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin drove in runs. Those missed opportunities came with Sabathia blowing two leads, allowing five runs — two earned — through seven innings. The bullpen let Toronto pull away, and the Yankees were left with a bad loss heading into tomorrow’s off day.
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