Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs and drove in four runs as the New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1.
Derek Jeter, playing in his second Major League Baseball game since his return from the disabled list, hit a run-scoring single in the first inning last night at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Soriano then gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead with a three-run homer in the first and added a solo home run in the third.
Mark Reynolds hit a home run in the sixth inning and Alex Rodriguez blasted a homer, his second in two nights, in the seventh for the Yankees.
Rodriguez has 651 home runs, nine shy of Willie Mays’s total. The third baseman would get $6 million bonuses for tying Mays at 660, Babe Ruth at 714, Hank Aaron at 755 and Barry Bonds at 762, and for setting the career home run record at 763, Sports Illustrated said.
Kevin Pillar hit a run-scoring double in the eighth for the Blue Jays’ only score.
Andy Pettitte (10-9) gave up five hits in seven scoreless innings for the Yankees. J.A. Happ (3-4), who surrendered five runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, hit Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano on the left hand with a 90 mile-per-hour (145 kilometer-per-hour) fastball in the first inning. Cano, who left the game after scoring on Soriano’s home run, is day to day as his bruised hand heals.
The Yankees (70-62) are in fourth place in the American League East, 7 1/2 games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox (78-55), who beat the third-place Baltimore Orioles (70-60) 13-2 last night.
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