BLUE JAYS 8, YANKEES 7

The Yankees dropped a heartbreaker Monday night, but their 11-inning, 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays at the Stadium was the least of their concerns.

Mark Teixeira left the game after the fourth inning with a left calf injury, which a MRI diagnosed as a Grade 1 strain. Teixeira estimated the injury would cost him a week or two, but Derek Jeter missed three weeks with the same injury last summer.

“It could be seven days, could be two weeks,” Teixeira said. cheap air max shoes“The MRI showed a Grade 1; it’s not a Grade 2, which is a month or more. That would be worrisome. We just have to take care of it. If it’s a week, great. If it’s two weeks, not as great, but I’d still have plenty of season left.”

Teixeira’s injury looked as if it would be the only negative on Monday, as Robinson Cano homered twice, Nick Swisher hit a big two-run homer and David Phelps pitched into the seventh inning.

Dave Robertson — whose wife, Erin, delivered their first child Monday morning — tossed a scoreless eighth, but Rafael Soriano coughed it up in the ninth, serving up a three-run home run by Colby Rasmus that gave Toronto a one-run lead.

Jeter tied the game with a leadoff homer in the ninth, but the Blue Jays scored against Derek Lowe in the 11th, as the pitcher’s two-base throwing error helped set up Adeiny Hechavarria’s one-out game-winning grounder to third.

The Yankees’ lead dropped to 3½ games over the Orioles, who jumped over the Rays into second place. Tampa Bay is four games behind the Bombers, who now must find a way to replace Teixeira for the immediate future.

“We’re going to have to step it up, man,” said Swisher, who figures to see the bulk of the time at first base in Teixeira’s absence. “We’ve been dealing with stuff like this all year. As bad as it is to say, I guess the show goes on, you know? Tex is one of those guys; he’s been huge for us in the clubhouse, on the field, so anytime you miss a guy like that, we’re going to have to do some work.”

Monday started a 22-game stretch in which the Bombers will play nothing but AL East teams, including a 10-game stretch beginning Friday that consists of seven against the Orioles and three against Tampa Bay.

“Every game is important,” Teixeira said. “We’ve weathered the storm so far; we’re still in first place and we’re still fighting.”

Teixeira’s injury happened during his fourth-inning at-bat when he broke out of the box on a foul ground ball. He drew a walk and eventually scored in the inning, but he knew his night was finished after he crossed the plate.

“I took the first step put of the box and felt something kind of grab,” Teixeira said. “I thought I could run through it, finish the at-bat. Instead of loosening up as I was running, it tightened up more.

“I knew something wasn’t right. It was severe enough that I knew I needed to get out of the game.”

The Yankees have already lost Mariano Rivera, Brett Gardner and Michael Pineda for the season and have also missed Andy Pettitte, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Dave Robertson and Joba Chamberlain for significant periods of time.

Teixeira’s injury is the latest to test the Yankees’ depth, an area they have managed to navigate successfully this season.

Soriano has converted 33 of 36 save opportunities in Rivera’s absence, while Freddy Garcia has stood in admirably during Pettitte’s DL stint. Even the tandem of Eric Chavez, Jayson Nix and Casey McGehee have held the fort at third base while A-Rod’s fractured hand heals.

“We’ve lost a lot of people in the course of this year, so if unfortunately he’s out, then someone else is going to have to do the job,” Jeter said. “That’s basically what you have to do all year long. We have to do it again.”

The Yankees got some encouraging news Monday on both A-Rod and Pettitte, who are aiming for September returns from their respective fractured bones. Rodriguez was cleared to begin taking full batting practice Tuesday, while Pettitte will throw another session on flat ground.

“They’re both healing great,” Joe Girardi said. “After that flat ground, our hope is that maybe we get (Pettitte) in a bullpen.”

A silver lining on a otherwise dark night in the Bronx.

 


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