Game 149 / 82-67 / 2nd / -3.5 GB : The Yankees had more than one opportunity to overcome a shaky first inning from Adam Warren, but couldn’t come up with the big hit when they needed it. Toronto starter David Price dominated, allowing just 2 hits over 7 innings — and was aided by a stoke of luck when a sure 2-run bloop double down the right field line by Alex Rodriguez fell foul by inches. Price K’d A-Rod after that. A bad call in the 8th also turned New York’s fortune when Brett Gardner was called out on 3-2 pitch that was high, which would have loaded the bases with 0 outs. Reliever Brett Cecil then K’d A-Rod and Brian McCann to end the threat.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Blue Jays 4, Yankees 2
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 2008, after a moving ceremony celebrating the history of the 85-year old ballpark, New York beat the Orioles in the last game ever to be played at Yankee Stadium, 7-3. Julia Ruth Stevens, the Babe’s daughter, throws out the ceremonial first pitch, and at the end of game, team captain Derek Jeter, standing in front of the mound, surrounded by his teammates, bids farewell to ‘House Ruth Built’ in an address in front of the 54,610 fans who attended the Bronx finale.
(h/t: NationalPastime.com, Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : Happy 52nd Birthday wishes to Cecil Fielder, storied member of the 1996-97 Yankee squads … Also a Happy 73rd to ‘Sudden’ Sam McDowell, who started 22 games over the 1973-74 seasons for the Bronx Bombers, toward the end of a 15 year MLB career.