American League Game Summary - New York at Toronto|
(Saturday, April 5th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, New York 0
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - R.A. Dickey spun 6 2/3 scoreless innings to
spoil Michael Pineda's long-awaited first start as a New York Yankee and lead
the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-0 victory over their American League East rival.
Dickey (1-1) held the Yankees to five hits and a walk while striking out six,
with three relievers polishing off the seven-hit shutout that evened this
"I think this was a big game for us this early in the year," Blue Jays manager
John Gibbons said. "[Dickey] stepped up for us and the bullpen did their
Pineda (0-1) was hung with a hard-luck loss in his first big league outing
since September of 2011, touched for one run on five hits over six innings of
work. The right-hander, who spent the last two seasons recovering from
shoulder surgery, fanned five without issuing a walk.
"I'm very happy about everything," Pineda remarked. "I've worked real hard the
last two years to be [back] here."
Toronto led 1-0 after 7 1/2 innings before extending the margin on a pair of
homers in the eighth, a solo blast by Melky Cabrera and a two-run shot from
The Yankees got three hits out of Jacoby Ellsbury and two each from Francisco
Cervelli and Yangervis Solarte, but went 1-for-11 with men in scoring position
and stranded 10 runners.
Pineda's only blemish came in the second inning, when Adam Lind stroked a
leadoff double and Josh Thole sent him home two batters later with a bloop
single to left. He yielded just one hit over the next four frames, setting
down 13 of the final 14 hitters.
Colby Rasmus kept the Blue Jays ahead with a tremendous defensive play in the
third, which Cervelli began with a double to right center before Dickey struck
out the next two Yankees. Ellsbury then laced a single up the middle in which
Rasmus fielded the ball cleanly and fired a strike to the plate to gun down
Cervelli, with the out held up following a video review after New York manager
Joe Girardi argued that Thole illegally blocked the plate.
"The way it was explained to us, if the catcher's in front of home plate
towards third base, straddling the base, that is considered blocking the plate
if you don't have the ball," Girardi said. "And I believe that's how [the
New York mustered few other scoring opportunities during Dickey's stint,
though Ellsbury and Derek Jeter each reached base to open the sixth prior to
the knuckleball specialist inducing a double-play grounder from Carlos
The Yankees again put the first two on in the eighth, as Ellsbury singled off
of Brett Cecil and Jeter drew a walk. Cecil regrouped to retire Beltran and
Brian McCann before giving way to Sergio Santos, who struck out Alfonso
Soriano to keep it a 1-0 game.
Cabrera gave Toronto some breathing room in the bottom of the inning with his
second homer of the series. After Rasmus got on via a ground-rule double off
David Phelps, Bautista crushed a hanging curve into the left-field seats for a
Santos polished off his second save of the season after stranding two more
Yankee baserunners in the ninth.
New York's Kelly Johnson made only his third career start at first base in
place of Mark Teixeira, who was sent to the 15-day disabled list after
straining his right hamstring in Friday's opener ... The Yankees have not
homered in the first five games of the season for only the fifth time in
franchise history and first time since 1990 ... Dickey issued six walks and
was rocked for six runs in five innings in a loss at Tampa Bay on Opening Day
... Ellsbury is 6-for-9 over the first two games of the set.
04/05 18:03:50 ET