NEW YORK — Ichiro Suzuki suggested that it would be business as usual when he notched his 4,000th career hit, since gathering hits is what he seems to do best. The Yankees may have even been less surprised by Alfonso Soriano’s timely home run.
The streaky Soriano snapped out of an 0-for-17 skid by slugging a go-ahead two-run blast off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in the eighth inning, lifting the Yankees to a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees’ ninth win in their last 11 games featured Ichiro’s milestone, which he collected in his first at-bat with a line-drive single to left field. The Yankees spilled out of the first-base dugout to greet Ichiro at first base, and Ichiro bowed to acknowledge a standing ovation from the Yankee Stadium crowd.
Adam Warren was called upon for a spot start, the first of his Major League career. The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits over three-plus innings, including Josh Thole’s first home run as a Blue Jay in the fourth inning.
Munenori Kawasaki also connected for a run-scoring single in the second inning off Warren, who tossed 60 pitches. Left-hander David Huff entered and turned in a terrific long relief effort, blanking the Blue Jays on one hit over the next five innings…….Read More
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