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Yu Darvish may not becoming to America after all. Instead, Canada may be his destination.

Several sources have identified the Toronto Blue Jays as the team that cast the winning bid in the Yu Darvish posting process. If true, it really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise because the Blue Jays have gradually increased their focus on international signings, including the much heralded acquisition of short stop Adeiny Hechavaria in 2010.

For much of the last decade, the Blue Jays have been mired in mediocrity, hovering around the .500 mark in the rough and tumble A.L. East. Although the team hasn’t made much of a dent in the standings during this period, the organization has gradually taken steps that could soon allow it to stand up against the big boys. In addition to being aggressive in the international free agent market, the team has also been adept at cultivating draft picks and making astute acquisitions of both talented cast offs (Yunel Escobar, Colby Rasmus and Jose Bautista come to mind) and prospects with high potential. However, some of the most important moves made by the Blue Jays have been subtractions, not additions.

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vs. Brett Cecil PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Derek Jeter SS 23 0.316 0.435 0.316 0 0
Nick Swisher RF 15 0.250 0.400 0.250 0 1
Mark Teixeira 1B 22 0.200 0.455 0.467 1 1
Alex Rodriguez 3B 15 0.286 0.267 0.571 1 2
Robinson Cano 2B 19 0.294 0.368 0.529 1 1
Andruw Jones LF 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Jorge Posada DH 18 0.294 0.333 0.353 0 3
Russell Martin C 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Curtis Granderson CF 13 0.083 0.154 0.083 0 0
Total 128 0.248 0.357 0.367 3 8
             
vs. Bartolo Colon PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Yunel Escobar SS 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Corey Patterson CF 12 0.273 0.333 0.273 0 2
Jose Bautista RF 2 0.500 0.500 0.500 0 0
Adam Lind 1B 5 0.400 0.400 0.400 0 0
Edwin Encarnacion DH 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
J.P. Arencibia C 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Travis Snider LF 4 0.000 0.250 0.000 0 1
Jayson Nix 2B 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
John McDonald 3B 5 0.400 0.400 0.400 0 0
Total 31 0.276 0.323 0.276 0 3

 

Yankees vs. Blue Jays    
Season: 2011 Season: 2010 Season: 2009 All-Time
TOR: 1-0 TOR: 10-8 NYY: 12-6 NYY: 267-216
       
  Last 10 Away vs. LHP
Yankees 6-4 1-3 2-2
  Last 10 Home vs. RHP
Blue Jays 3-7 5-2 5-8

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The Yankees’ have sorely needed more innings from their starters, but having Ivan Nova come out of the bullpen to pitch the 10th inning probably wasn’t the best way to go about it.

After a rough day, Travis Snider exults in his game winning hit (Photo: AP).

The late inning cameo by Nova was necessitated by Mariano Rivera’s rare inability to polish off a save. From the very pitch to Yunel Escobar, the Yankees’ closer, who was pitching in his league leading 10th game, seemed to be without his usual command. As a result, Rivera left several cutters over the plate, allowing the Blue Jays to string together four hits during a game tying tally. The most uncharacteristic part of the inning, however, was a rare four pitch walk to Jose Bautista, who came to the plate with one out and a runner on third. Despite only representing the tying run, Rivera seemed to pitch around the Blue Jays’ slugger, an approach that wouldn’t be advisable for a mediocre reliever, let alone the best to every play the game. Sure enough, Bautista eventually came around to score the tying run on Jason McDonald’s safety squeeze.

Before the climatic late innings, A.J. Burnett and Kyle Drabek pitched into and out of trouble, stranding several base runners along the way. Both pitchers wound up retiring after only 5 1/3 innings, meaning the outcome would be decided by the bullpens. Before Rivera’s misstep, which snapped a string of seven consecutive converted saves to start the season, it looked as if the Yankees were going to get the best of that battle, but the immortal closer proved to be the weak link in what has been, for the most part, Joe Girardi’s winning late game formula.

Most Consecutive Saves by a Yankee to Start a Season

Pitcher Start End SV IP ERA
Mariano Rivera 4/1/2008 8/7/2008 28 29.1 0.31
Lee Guetterman 4/12/1989 9/30/1989 13 23 0.00
Mariano Rivera 4/7/2004 5/9/2004 12 12.1 0.73
Marshall Bridges 4/27/1962 7/7/1962 11 13 0.69
Steve Hamilton 4/28/1968 8/27/1968 10 11.1 0.79

Source: Baseball-reference.com

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vs. Kyle Drabek PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Derek Jeter SS 3 0.500 0.667 0.500 0 1
Curtis Granderson CF 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Mark Teixeira 1B 3 0.500 0.333 0.500 0 1
Robinson Cano 2B 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Nick Swisher RF 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Eric Chavez 3B 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Jorge Posada DH 2 0.500 0.500 0.500 0 0
Russell Martin C 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Brett Gardner LF 2 0.500 0.500 1.500 0 0
Total 20 0.235 0.286 0.353 0 2
             
vs. AJ Burnett PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Yunel Escobar SS 5 0.000 0.200 0.000 0 0
Travis Snider LF 7 0.500 0.571 0.833 0 0
Jose Bautista RF 11 0.444 0.545 1.222 2 6
Adam Lind 1B 18 0.200 0.333 0.200 0 0
Aaron Hill 2B 21 0.300 0.333 0.500 1 2
Jose Molina C 7 0.333 0.429 0.500 0 0
Corey Patterson CF 25 0.125 0.160 0.125 0 1
Edwin Encarnacion DH 9 0.375 0.444 1.125 2 3
Jayson Nix 3B 3 1.000 1.000 2.000 0 2
Total 106 0.269 0.358 0.495 5 14

 

Yankees vs. Blue Jays    
Season: 2011 Season: 2010 Season: 2009 All-Time
TIED: 0-0 TOR: 10-8 NYY: 12-6 NYY: 267-215
       
  Last 10 Away vs. RHP
Yankees 6-4 1-2 7-3
  Last 10 Home vs. RHP
Blue Jays 3-7 4-2 4-8

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