Andy Pettitte, home runs lead Yankees to 9-4 over paper champion Blue Jays in Toronto.

After being scratched on Sunday night, Andy Pettitte returned to the mound and was sensational again. The offense also clicked and the Yankees pounded Blue Jays 9-4 in Toronto on Friday night.

On just 90 pitches, Pettitte pitched 7.1 innings, allowing just three runs on six hits (two runs on a HR to Jose Bautista), while walking one and striking out five. Andy picked up his third win of the season.

The offense did more than its job against Toronto righty Brandon Morrow. Robinson Cano went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI. Francisco Cervelli and Ichiro both doubled twice.

Travis Hafner doubled and homered, bringing his slugging percentage to a Ruthinian .767. Former Blue Jays Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay also homered for the Bronx Bombers. New York leads the American League with 25 round-trippers.

Entering the season, much hoopla surrounded the Jays following their acquisitions of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Melky Cabrera, and R.A. Dickey. On the other hand, virtually the entire mainstream media counted the Yankees out before a pitch was thrown.

Well, here we are, about three weeks into the young season. The Yankees are 9-6 and have won eight of their last ten games. The top of the rotation and the offense have kept this team afloat. Not to mention Mariano Rivera has returned.

The Blue Jays sit at 7-10 and already the injuries are piling up. Reyes sprained his ankle and could be out one to three months. Dickey was pulled from his last start due to stiffness and he and Johnson have both pitched horribly.

For a team that was supposed to bring back the memories of Joe Carter and the back-to-back world titles of 1992 and 1993, they sure aren’t off to a good start. Long season, but I told anyone who listened that injuries would hurt this team like they are to the Yankees.


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