The Yankees — and Ichiro Suzuki — just own Mark Buehrle. Actually the Yankees own the Blue Jays here at Yankee Stadium.
This 6-4 win marked their 17th straight against the Jays in the Bronx, the fourth-longest home winning streak by one team against another since divisional play began in 1969. The Yankees have 26 of the last 28 here against Toronto since May 24, 2011.
And then there’s Buehrle. The 35-year-old lefty is 0-10 with a 7.34 ERA in his last 15 starts against the Yankees. He’s 1-12 overall in 19 starts against them. He hasn’t beaten them since April 10, 2004, and that was at the old Yankee Stadium.
Asked the reason for the dominance, Joe Girardi said, “It’s hard to say. He’s a really good pitcher.”
Ichiro, who’s now 25 for 60 lifetime vs. Buehrle, hit a three-run shot in the third to snap his 294 at-bat homerless streak dating to last August 30. Derek Jeter had been on his case with some friendly teasing.
“During batting practice, he always tells me, ‘Can’t leave. Can’t leave,’ which means the ball doesn’t leave the ballpark,” Ichiro said through his interpreter.
“For a Japanese person, it’s hard to hear the ‘t’ at the end. I think he said, ‘Can leave,’ ” Ichiro added jokingly.
Hiroki Kuroda struggled some, but he earned the win, allowing four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3. Girardi said he had trouble with command of his sinker.
“He just fought all night,” Girardi said.
Chase Headley went 3 for 4, so he’s at .429 (6 for 14) after four games with his new team.
Mark Teixeira didn’t do any baseball activity, according to Girardi, just ran and did rotational exercises. Girardi said he’s expected to do the same Saturday, and that it wasn’t “probably realistic” that Teixeira could return to the lineup Sunday.
The Yankees are 7-1 since the break, having won four in a row. Their last five wins have been of the comeback variety. They own the second wild card at the moment.
“It beats the alternative,” Girardi said. “But it really doesn’t mean a whole lot with 60 games to go.”
Photo by The Associated Press.
Game 21: Yankees vs. White Sox • 04.27.11
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones LF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
RHP Bartolo Colon (1-1, 3.50)
Colon vs. White Sox
WHITE SOX (10-14)
Juan Pierre LF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Carlos Quentin RF
Paul Konerko 1B
Adam Dunn DH
Alex Rios CF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Gordon Beckham 2B
Omar Vizquel 3B
LHP Mark Buehrle (1-2, 5.40)
Buehrle vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: There’s a chance of mid-game rain, but so far it’s a pretty nice night here at Yankee Stadium. Wind blowing from right to left.
UMPIRES: HP Todd Tichenor, 1B Gerry Davis, 2B Sam Holbrook, 3B Greg Gibson
NOT HITTING: Seven hits in the past two games is the Yankees lowest two-game total since September of 2000 when they had five hits on 9-17 and followed with one hit on 9-18. The last time the Yankees had three straight games of four-or-fewer hits was 1982, and those three games were on the road. Last time they did so at home was way back in 1970.
NEED A WIN TONIGHT: If the Yankees don’t win tonight’s game, they’ll assure themselves of their first series lost against an AL Central team since May of last year, a streak of 10 straight series without a loss (9-0-1)… The Yankees also have yet to lose a home series this year.
TWO IN A ROW: The Yankees have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.
SOMETHING TO WATCH FOR: A lot of pregame chatter after batting practice about the number of breaking balls the Yankees have seen lately. Kevin Long said 31 of the last 32 pitches Gavin Floyd threw last night were offspeed. Could be something teams are trying to do to fight the home runs the Yankees have been hitting.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Ozzie Guillen has already been ejected. Half of the press box was busy writing early stories — myself included — and didn’t even realize he was arguing until after he’d been tossed. He didn’t even stick around long enough to see his pitcher throw one pitch. Amazing. His first ejection of the year.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: There’s Robinson Cano’s sixth home run of the season. It’s a two-out, three-run shot for a quick 3-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: Check it out, the top of my head is on TV!
Also, the Yankees have responded to the accidentally leaked season-ticket holder information. The Yankees are sending — or have sent — letters to season ticket holders who had information accidently passed along by a Yankees employee. They assure that no birth dates, social security numbers or credit card information was leaked. According to the letter:
“Immediately upon learning of the accidental attachment of the internal spreadsheet remedial measures were undertaken so as to assure that a similar incident could not happen again. The Yankees deeply regret this incident, and any inconvenience that it might cause.”
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Five scoreless from Colon. That’s a low-risk signing that’s paying off huge through this first month.