Yankees sweep Blue Jays

New York Yankees batter Derek Jeter celebrates with teammates after he hit a three-run home run...

New York Yankees batter Derek Jeter celebrates with teammates after he hit a three-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during their MLB game at Yankee Stadium in New York on Sept. 4, 2011. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

Bob Elliott, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 5:35 PM ET

Lefty Brett Cecil has a thing about giving up home runs.

The new Yankee Stadium bandbox is partial to allowing them.

All in all, a bad combination.

Derek Jeter, in the third, and Alex Rodriguez, in the sixth, each homered off Cecil in a 9-3 win Sunday afternoon before 47,464 fans, including Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The win completed the Yanks sweep of the three-game series, ending a 2-4 trip for the Jays who return home this afternoon to meet the Boston Red Sox. Toronto has lost 11 of its previous 16 and seven of 10 since returning to the American League East.

“Excuse my language, but A-Rod yelled ‘f---’ when he swung,” Cecil told reporters, indicating Rodriguez thought he had popped up the pitch.

“Pitching here is like pitching at Vegas,” Cecil said. “Everyone knows how right field is here, I thought it was a routine fly ball,”

Right fielder Jose Bautista didn’t think Rodriguez’s ball was going out, but “it was high and kept carrying” and put the Yanks up 5-2.

“It was a fly ball to right, I got very lucky the ball sailed over the fence,” Rodriguez told reporters.

After the third out of the sixth Morrow tossed a box of bubble gum in the Jays dugout and was lifted by acting manager Don Wakamatsu after only 84 pitches. Wakamatsu said he didn’t make the change due to his starter’s reaction.

“He gave up the fifth run, before the homer, he was doing a nice job with his change-up, getting some quick outs,” Wakamatsu said. “Once he gave up the fifth run, we had a strong bullpen and tried to go to it.”

The Yanks put up a four-spot against Jon Rauch and Rommie Lewis to turn it into a giggler.

Real time: 11:15 a.m. Acting manager Don Wakamatsu stages his daily press briefing. Asked about Brett Cecil he answers “the biggest mistakes he makes are on home runs ... 2:06 p.m. third inning Derek Jeter hits a three-run homer to left putting the Yanks in front 4-0 ... 2:47 p.m. Alex Rodriguez hits a 2-0 pitch to right for a solo homer ... Cecil has allowed 14 homers in 98 innings since returning Vegas. On the season, Cecil has given up 18 in 109 innings. A year ago he allowed 18 in 172 innings ... Cecil, expected to be an important cog of the Jays rotation after going 15-7, with a 4.22 ERA to lead the Jays in wins a year ago, is now 4-8 with a 4.60 ERA ... Like his 3,000th hit, Jeter’s 3,065th was a home run, with two aboard to left on a 1-1 pitch from Cecil ... “The pitch to Jeter needed to be in a little bit more,” Cecil said. ... Said Wakamatsu “He made a nice adjustment using his change and his breaking ball, it’s something he had to continue to learn when he doesn’t have his fastball command. You can’t give up home runs, especially multi-run homers in this park.”

Back again: Chris Woodward played 109 games at triple-A Las Vegas. He was there with Brett Lawrie to started the season, he was there when Lawrie returned from a rehab stint at Dunedin and was there after Lawrie was promoted to the Blue Jays ... “Our team changed a lot after he left, I’ve never seen a guy who plays as hard as he does,” said Woodward, a 54th round draft choice of the Jays in 1994 ... “One night he hit a ball up the middle, their centre fielder coasted after the ball at 50% figuring routine single and Brett never stopped, slid in safe with a double. Watching it unfold gave me goose bumps. He has an extra gear. I told him ‘no matter where you play or how much you earn, don’t ever change.” ... Woodward said he knew that Lawrie would have success in the majors: “He’s not afraid and he loves the spotlight.” ... Defensively? “There was talk about his errors early. I said look at the plays he is making,” said Woodward. “I did have to tell him not cut in front of me on ground balls.”

In Game: Bautista hit his AL leading 40th homer which would have been out of Algonquin Park in the eighth, his drive off landing four rows from the top in the second section of seats in left field ... “In the old park that would have went through the opening,” said Wakamatsu, where George Bell once took an Al Leiter pitch in amongst the ambulances ... First baseman Edwin Encarnacion was charged with an error in the seventh, dropping Lawrie’s throw allowing Jesus Montero to reach, It was his 12th error ... Russell Martin couldn’t have hit a ball any harder. So why was he standing five feet up the first-base line glaring Canadian icicles at third? Lawrie had made a leaping grab for the final out of the second ... Second baseman Kelly Johnson fielded Robinson Cano’s ground ball on the grass for the final out of the first ... Mike McCoy had a throwing error on Mark Teixeira’s grounder and bounced the throw past first.

Tea time: Mark Teahen, making a rare start in left because he has good numbers against Sabathia (.286, 10-for-35 going into the game) slashed a run-scoring double to left, singled in his second in his three at-bat against Sabathia ... “I’ve faced him quite a bit,” Teahen said. “I never circle the date, like I can’t wait to face Sabathia, but I had some success against him early when he was in Cleveland and I was with K.C.”


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