Yankees Sweep Jays, Beat Both Cy Young Award Winners in April

The New York Yankees became the fifth team in Major League Baseball history to beat both reigning Cy Young Award winners in the same month, defeating R.A. Dickey in yesterday’s 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to complete a four-game series sweep.

Two of the four hits Dickey allowed over seven innings were home runs, including a two-run shot by Lyle Overbay in the bottom of the seventh that erased Toronto’s 2-1 lead at Yankee Stadium. Dickey, a knuckleball pitcher, won the National League Cy Young Award with the New York Mets last season before being traded to Toronto during the offseason.

The Yankees five days earlier had beaten David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays, the 2012 American League Cy Young winner. Phil Hughes was the starting pitcher for the Yankees in both wins against the reigning Cy Young winners and allowed two runs over six innings yesterday, with nine strikeouts.

Boone Logan picked up the win in relief, while Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his ninth save this month, his most in April over his 19-year career. The Yankees have a 9-1 record this season in games decided by two runs or fewer and are now 15-9 overall. Toronto fell to 9-17.

The Boston Red Sox matched a franchise record with their 18th win in April, beating the Houston Astros 6-1 yesterday to improve to 18-7. Red Sox pitcher John Lackey allowed one run over six innings in his return from the disabled list.

The Philadelphia Phillies completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets with a 5-1 win yesterday at Citi Field.

Ryan Howard snapped a 1-1 tie with a pinch-hit two-run double in the seventh inning and Cole Hamels allowed two hits and one run over six innings for his first win of the season.

The Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers all had shutout wins yesterday, with the Twins beating the Texas Rangers 5-0, the Pirates topping the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0; and the Dodgers blanking the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0. The Kansas City Royals shut out the Cleveland Indians 9-0 in the first game of a doubleheader before losing the second game 10-3.

In yesterday’s other MLB results, it was the Miami Marlins 6, the Chicago Cubs 4; the Rays 8, the Chicago White Sox 3; the Detroit Tigers 8, the Atlanta Braves 3; the Arizona Diamondbacks 4, the Colorado Rockies 2; the San Diego Padres 6, the San Francisco Giants 4; the Seattle Mariners 2, the Los Angeles Angels 2-1; the Cincinnati Reds 5, the Washington Nationals 5-2, and the Oakland Athletics 9, the Baltimore Orioles 8 in 10 innings.

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