The Yankees kept pace tonight. After Baltimore finished off a lopsided win against the Red Sox, the Yankees took care of business with an 11-4 win against the Blue Jays. The Yankees and O’s are still separated by a game, with the Yankees remaining atop the American League East. Nick Swisher’s two-out, two-run double gave them a lead in the first inning, but the bigger blow was Russell Martin’s 20th home run of the season, a three-run shot that pushed the lead to 6-1 in the sixth. The Yankees kept tacking on runs, including a two-run homer by Eric Chavez in the ninth. All but two of the Yankees runs scored with two outs. The bad news was Hiroki Kuroda, who got the win despite another so-so start in which he held the Blue Jays to just two runs but also allowed 10 hits through 5.1 innings. It was his shortest start since May 21. Rafael Soriano hadn’t pitched in a week, so he came in for the final out.
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