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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 23, 2007
Yanks' battery drains Jays
Wild McGowan sets tone
Despite rebounding from a 43-pitch second inning by blanking the Yankees in the third and fourth, Dustin McGowan never made it out of a three-run fifth, taking his 10th loss of the season after setting a career high with six walks in his shortest start since June 19. Matt Stairs hit a two-run homer in the eighth, but Adam Lind struck out as the go-ahead run to end the inning.
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 Stairs' two-run homer
Yankees 7, Blue Jays 5
Mike Mussina (left) retired his last nine batters; Jose Molina had a season-high three RBIs. (Kathy Willens/AP)
Series at a glance:
Mussina, Molina spark win
Mike Mussina allowed his first runs as a starter in September in a three-run second inning, but he allowed nothing over the next five frames to win his third consecutive start. Catcher Jose Molina drove in three runs to help the Yankees reduce their magic number to clinch a postseason berth to two.
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 Jeter's RBI single
 Damon's RBI single
 Joba's first save
TOR
Toronto (78-77)
Lost 2
NY Yankees 7, Toronto 5   NYY
NY Yankees (90-65)
Won 2
September 23, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Toronto
0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0   5 9 0
NY Yankees
0 3 0 0 3 0 1 0 X   7 12 0
Standings thru 9/23/07  |  Recap: TOR|NYY  |  Gameday  |  Blue Jays Stats  |  Yankees Stats
TorontoABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Johnson, RF5000031.234
Adams, 3B4000030.277
Rios, CF3110100.297
Stairs, DH4222010.296
Hill, 2B4120000.284
Zaun, C2000202.247
  1-Luna, PR-1B0000000.208
Lind, LF4112013.233
Thigpen, 1B-C4021000.229
McDonald, SS3010001.247
  a-Overbay, PH1000010.241
Totals34595397 

a-Struck out for McDonald in the 9th.
1-Ran for Zaun in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Hill (45, Mussina), Lind (14, Mussina).
HR: Stairs (20, 8th inning off Vizcaino, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Rios; Stairs 5; Hill 3; Lind 2; Thigpen 2; McDonald.
RBI: Lind 2 (37), Thigpen (8), Stairs 2 (61).
2-out RBI: Stairs 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lind.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
PO: Rios (1st base by Molina).

FIELDING
DP: (Zaun-McDonald).

 
NY YankeesABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Damon, LF4011103.259
Jeter, SS5021024.319
Abreu, RF4120123.284
Rodriguez, 3B2100312.312
Matsui, DH3200215.287
Cano, 2B5131012.303
Cabrera, CF3100135.281
Mientkiewicz, 1B3011104.259
Molina, C4133001.253
Totals33712791029 

BATTING
2B: Molina (13, Banks).
TB: Damon; Jeter 2; Abreu 2; Cano 3; Mientkiewicz; Molina 4.
RBI: Molina 3 (17), Damon (60), Jeter (68), Cano (89), Mientkiewicz (23).
2-out RBI: Molina 3; Damon; Jeter; Mientkiewicz.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez; Abreu; Damon; Jeter 2; Cano.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
SB: Jeter (14, 2nd base off McGowan/Zaun).
CS: Rodriguez (4, 2nd base by McGowan/Zaun), Abreu 2 (8, 2nd base by League/Zaun, 3rd base by Kennedy/Thigpen).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Cabrera (Zaun at home).
Pickoffs: Molina (Rios at 1st base).

 
TorontoIPHRERBBSOHRERA
McGowan (L, 11-10)4.16666504.07
Tallet 0.22000103.28
League 1.01000206.35
Banks 1.02112104.50
Kennedy 1.01001104.86
 
NY YankeesIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mussina (W, 11-10)7.07331504.96
Vizcaino 0.22222114.17
Chamberlain (S, 1)1.10000300.42

WP: McGowan.
Pitches-strikes: McGowan 112-66, Tallet 14-8, League 16-11, Banks 25-15, Kennedy 16-9, Mussina 97-66, Vizcaino 21-10, Chamberlain 16-11.
Ground outs-fly outs: McGowan 1-6, Tallet 0-1, League 0-0, Banks 1-1, Kennedy 0-1, Mussina 5-9, Vizcaino 0-1, Chamberlain 1-0.
Batters faced: McGowan 24, Tallet 4, League 3, Banks 7, Kennedy 4, Mussina 27, Vizcaino 6, Chamberlain 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Tallet 2-2, Chamberlain 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Derryl Cousins. 1B: Ted Barrett. 2B: Rob Drake. 3B: Angel Hernandez.
Weather: 75 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 3 mph, R to L.
T: 3:38.
Att: 54,983.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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