Blue Jays fall to Yankees 11-4

New York Yankees Curtis Granderson is thrown out trying to advance to third as Toronto Blue Jays...

New York Yankees Curtis Granderson is thrown out trying to advance to third as Toronto Blue Jays Brett Lawrie sweeps him with the tag in the seventh inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto September 28, 2012. (REUTERS)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:25 PM ET

TORONTO - John Farrell stands 6-foot-4.

He walked into the Blue Jays clubhouse looking even taller Thursday afternoon.

The way John Wayne used to stride into saloons, doors swinging behind him.

“He told us who was the boss, he told us who was in charge -- him,” said one veteran player of the 30-minute, closed-door, clubhouse meeting. “It was a good meeting, one he should have had with the team two months ago ... maybe three months ago.”

The meeting came before the Jays fell 11-4 to the New York Yankees and was a result of veteran Omar Vizquel telling our Steve Simmons on Thursday that among other things young Jays players were not disciplined after repeated on-field mistakes.

After losing before 25,785 fans at the Rogers Centre the Jays have dropped 13 of their previous 18 games.

“Omar Vizquel was 100% right in everything he said about young players and their mistakes being repeated,” the veteran continued.

While Vizquel apologized to the coaches he also said he didn’t regret what he said.

“Whether it’s missing signs, running the bases into outs or not remembering to wear sun glasses in a day game with the roof open .... these things keep going on and on,” said another veteran. “What Gregg Zaun said last week on the radio when we were in New York was pretty well bang on.”

SportsNet’s Zaun told Bob McCown’s Prime Time Sports “The atmosphere created in this clubhouse is consequence-free. If your name is so-and-so, we’ll cut you slack. We don’t expect you to play the game properly. If you’re of a certain stature in this organization, prospect-wise, you don’t have to perform well, because you’re a prospect.”

Brett Lawrie led off the game with a double and was quickly erased on a sharp grounder to first baseman Nick Swisher, who threw behind Lawrie for the out.

Russell Martin picked Yunel Escobar off at third in the second and the next two Jays collected hits.

And the march towards October baseball continues. The Jays open a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins Monday and then it’s see you in Dunedin.

In Game: Montreal’s Russell Martin, the Yanks No. 8 hitter, put the visitors up 6-1 with a three-run homer off Jason Frasor in the sixth inning. Frasor faced four hitters and didn’t retire a man ... Eric Chavez, batting ninth, hit a two-run homer in the ninth facing Bobby Korecky. The bottom third of the Yanks' order -- Raul Ivanez, Martin and Chavez -- have combined for 52 homers, or, nine less than the Jays’ Nos. 4-thru-9 spots ... Adam Lind hit a two-run homer to left off reliever David Phelps in the seventh for his 11th of the season. Lind is hitting .247 with 42 RBIs and a .702 OPS. A year ago Lind batted .251 with 26 homers, 87 RBIs and a .734 OPS ... Colby Rasmus hit a solo homer leading off the fifth against Hiroki Kuroda, his 23rd. Ramsus is hitting .225 with 75 RBIs. A year ago he hit .225 with 14 homers, 53 RBIs and an .693 OPS ... Kuroda pitched 5 1/3 innings for his 15th win ... Three starters share the Jays lead in wins with nine apiece Ricky Romero (31 starts), Henderson Alvarez (30 starts) and Brandon Morrow (20) .... Jays starter Chad Jenkins was down 2-0 17 pitches into the game. After retiring the first two hitters he allowed singles to Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano, followed by a two-run double by Swisher ... Joel Carreno threw a ball into the rhubarb in the seventh ... Kelly Johnson struck out for the 158th time, one shy of tying Toronto’s single-season high of 159 set by Jose Canseco in 1998.

More Omar: Farrell had two meetings, the first with Vizquel to discuss his comments on Thursday and then the second group session ... “It’s part of the inexperience,” Vizquel told reporters. “Make mistakes and nobody says a thing, we’re going to keep making the same mistakes over and over again. We have to stand up and say something as soon as the mistake happened. We have to talk about it at meetings. We have to address it in the clubhouse.” ... Farrell told reporters in his office before the clubhouse meeting that Vizquel does not see the early work that is done before Vizquel gets to the park and that the veteran is not involved in meetings in the manager’s office. “Because of Omar’s stature in the game, we don’t ask him to come out early,” said Farrell. Vizquel, 45, who passed Babe Ruth in career hits when the Jays were in New York is retiring at the end of the season ... “There was no intention at all on my part to blame or point fingers at any coaches or the manager,” Vizquel said. “It was a constructive comment, something that we needed to do in order to become a better team.”

Who is scripting this?: “Could you tell me if there are any special preparations planned for Omar’s last game in the major leagues?” asked a reporter ... Farrell answered, without counting to 100, saying, “there have been more pressing matters.”

 


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