TORONTO - The New York Yankees mystique, and all that encompasses, is something the Blue Jays must find a way to beat if they want to avoid becoming September wall-flowers.
Maybe they still will find a way to do that.
But first theyíre going to have to find a way to stop beating themselves.
The Yankees had everything rolling in a 9-4 win at Rogers Centre Friday. As for the Jays, they didnít pitch, they didnít field, and they didnít hit.
New York had 13 hits. Old nemesis Andy Pettitte ran his record to 3-0, scattering six hits.
Toronto had thrown this one away in a variety of ways by the third inning. The Jays were down 5-1 before many fans even got settled in with their over-priced hotdogs.
Starter Brandon Morrow lasted a rocky 51/3 innings. There were nine hits ó most of them loud. Seven runs, five earned and two of the ugly variety.
Even Brett Cecil, who hadnít been charged with a run this season, couldnít stem the river of gloom. Sent on a rescue mission, he was greeted with a Brett Gardiner RBI triple. Robinson Canoís groundout brought home NYís eighth run. All was lost.
Jays rejects Lyle Overbay and Vernon Wells, reborn in Pinstripes, enjoyed home-run trots at the expense of a disillusioned crowd of 40,028.
Defensively? Well there wasnít a lot of it, for Toronto. There was Rajai Davis sliding on to the track in right as a ball bounced in for a double that would come around to score.