Blue Jays attack A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez warms up prior to the his first at bat against the Jays last night. (Sun Media/Mark...

Alex Rodriguez warms up prior to the his first at bat against the Jays last night. (Sun Media/Mark O'Neill)

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:29 PM ET

New York Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez proved yet again last night that money, fame and superstar ability does not always equal class.

Rodriguez, who has been chased around town by the New York media this week after supposedly being seen hobnobbing with a woman other than his wife, sparked a brouhaha in the ninth inning last night at the Rogers Centre when he apparently yelled "mine!" as Blue Jays third baseman Howie Clark settled under a Jorge Posada pop fly with two out.

Thinking he was being called off by Toronto shortstop John McDonald, Clark let the routine fly fall behind him, allowing Hideki Matsui to score from second. Jason Giambi then singled up the middle to score Rodriguez and Posada, killing any chance the Jays had for a rally in the bottom of the inning.

The Yankees (22-29) ended up winning 10-5 to snap a five-game losing streak, while the Jays dropped to 24-28.

After the play, McDonald showered Rodriguez with some choice adjectives, while Toronto manager John Gibbons came out to ask the umpires for a ruling, thinking that the deception was a break of the interference rules, as well as bad sportsmanship.

Turns out it wasn't, but Gibbons was still not impressed.

"I thought it was a bush-league play," he said. "One thing you know about the Yankees. There's a lot of pride there, a lot of class. But that's not Yankee pride (and) that surprised me."

Clark, who made his season debut with the Jays last night, acknowledged what the TV cameras seemed to pick up, that Rodriguez called "mine" as he ran to third. Rodriguez claimed, rather weakly, that what he yelled was "hah!".

The controversy overshadowed what had been a impressive comeback for the Blue Jays, who fell behind 5-0 in the first inning as a result of a bad start by rookie pitcher Jesse Litsch.

Litsch (1-2) gave up five runs on four hits and was assigned to AA New Hampshire after the game to make room for ace right-hander Roy Halladay, who returns to the mound tonight to face the Chicago White Sox at the Rogers Centre. Halladay missed 17 games following surgery to have his appendix removed.

"The kid's got a nice future," Gibbons said of Litsch. "He gave us a lift and brought a lot of energy and excitement in that first game."

Right-fielder began Alex Rios began Toronto's charge back when hit a homerun to left-centre in the third inning with McDonald on, to bring the Jays to within three.

The normally light-hitting McDonald made the score at 5-3 in the fourth when he smacked his first homer of the season.

The Yankees went ahead by three again in the sixth after Melky Cabrera singled home second baseman Robinson Cano.

Toronto left-fielder Matt Stairs launched a line-drive homerun to right in the seventh, with Vernon Wells on, off reliever Brian Bruney to pull the Jays to within one.

Leading 6-5 in the eighth with two on and two out, and Lyle Overbay coming to the plate, Yankee manager Joe Torre went to closer Mariano Rivera, who promptly forced Overbay into a ground-out to first, picking up his first save since May 3.


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