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Yankee doodles from Toronto with a touch of Herd

TORONTO -- Still shaking my head at what I saw last night in Rogers Centre. The Yankees managed just three hits and Hiroki Kuroda gave up three long home runs as the Blue Jays rolled to an 8-1 win. The Bombers don't have Mariano Rivera and David Robertson in their bullpen, don't have much reliable starting pitcher other than CC Sabathia and have and oddly flat offense right now. Just 3 for 52 with runners in scoring position in their eight May losses? That's pathetic.

---Click here for the video of the Blue Jays' four homers in the game, three off Kuroda and one off Cory Eppley. Edwin Encarnacion's three-run shot was a bomb to center and Jose Bautista's leadoff laser in the fifth went in the second deck in left. Listen to the crack of the bat and the "ooooooooooooooh" from the crowd. 

---Derek Jeter did not play last night, his first night off of the season. And the loss of his .366 average was certainly one problem. Jeter played the first 36 games, 30 at shortstop, until last night but Joe Girardi is adament. As he was walking through the clubhouse prior to the game, a couple Yankees beat writers asked him if he was healthy. A smiling Jeter kept right on walking and said, "What do you think?" as he shared a laugh with them. Just checking. 

---If things in the AL East aren't going their way, the Yankees can always fall back on interleague play. It starts for them Friday against the Reds, and the Yankees were 13-5 against the NL last year, pushing their all-time record to an MLB-best 157-109.

 ---Former Yankee DH Hideki Matsui continues on the road back to the big leagues with Tampa Bay as he cracked a two-run double last night in his debut for Durham in a 5-4 loss to Pawtucket, which featured a lineup that had rehabbing Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis. When the teams meet Thursday night, Matsui will face rehabbing Boston pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. Memo to my friends in Durham: You're going to need a whole lot more seats than you have in your press box for the Japanese media contingent that is about to converge upon you. Here's Matsui's double:

---Meanwhile, back in Buffalo Jay Skurski has the story on the Bisons'  14-7 win over Gwinnett. Matt Tuiasosopo had an inside-the-park home run -- the first for Buffalo downtown since 2001 -- and shortstop Omar Quintanilla continued his strong play that has manager Wally Backman talking him up as the team MVP to this point. To me, the only two choices are Quintanilla or Vinny Rottino (Val Pascucci started hot, has gotten hot again but had a quite a valley for about 15 games). Here's the inside-the-parker:

The Herd beat up struggling former Atlanta Braves 13-game winner Jair Jurrjens for 11 runs (10 earned) in four-plus innings last night. In tonight's game, there's a great pitching matchup with Buffalo's Chris Schwinden facing top Atlanta prospect Julio Teheran. He's 3-1, 2.48 this year and was the IL Pitcher of the Year in 2011 after going 15-3,  2.55.

There's already some talk of Teheran, a 21-year-old Colombian, pushing back into the Atlanta rotation but the right-hander was 0-1, 9.37 in five spring outings (three starts) for the Braves and landed back in Gwinnett. Teheran is currently baseball's No. 3 prospect, according to MLB.com. Be sure to click on the video included at that link as well (no embed code, sorry!)

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bhharrington)

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | [email protected]


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

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