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New York Yankees Rally in Ninth Inning, but Lose 4-3 to Toronto Blue Jays

March 28th, 2012 at 12:12 AM
By Daniel Sirianni

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees by a score of 4-3 on Tuesday night. After being down 4-1, the Yankees made it close with a two-run rally in the ninth inning, but couldn't complete the comeback. 

New York's ace C.C. Sabathia started the game, giving up three runs on six hits in six innings pitched. The 6'7" lefty also added five strike outs, but got the loss. This will be Sabathia's last extended start as he now prepares for Opening Day on April 6. 

Also making appearances for the Yankees were relievers David Roberston, Cesar Cabral, and Clay Rapada. Roberston pitched one scoreless inning with no hits, one walk, and a strike out. The lefty Cabral, who has impressed the Yankees coaches this spring, allowed one unearned run because of an error by outfielder Justin Maxwell in one inning of work. Rapada, another lefty-specialist, finished the game by pitching a perfect ninth inning. 

Both Cabral and Rapada have been impressive this spring, but the Yankees might not have room for both of them in the bullpen. However, New York has lacked left-handed arms in the bullpen in the past, such as last year when Pedro Feliciano and Demaso Marte were both injured, so they understand the value of having lefty depth. 

Leading the Yankees offense was Brett Gardner, Eduardo Nunez, and Justin Maxwell, who each had one RBI. Maxwell, who has been productive all spring, is now batting .364 and is second on the team with eight RBI. 

Start center fielder Curtis Granderson was scratched from the Yankees lineup because of a sore right elbow, but the injury is not believed to be serious. 

The Yankees will take on the Atlanta Braves at 1:05 PM ET on Wednesday. Hiroki Kuroda will start for the Yankees, making him the front runner to be New York's number two starter this season. 

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Tags: Baseball, C.C. Sabathia, Curtis Granderson, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays

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