Yankees, Soriano blast Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. (AFP)

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. (AFP)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:39 PM ET

TORONTO - Hours after Alex Anthopoulos announced that John Gibbons will definitely return for the 2014 season, the Toronto Blue Jays went out and laid an egg against the New York Yankees.

Not sure if the two are related.

There was certainly no sense of celebration on the field or any flowing from J.A Happ, who had next to nothing from the get-go as he absorbed the loss in a 7-1 Yankees beating.

Four batters into the game, Happ had not recorded an out and the Yankees had raced to a 4-0 lead, thanks in part to a three-run bomb by Alfonso Soriano.

Preceding Soriano’s majestic blow to left field — his 27th homer of the season — were a leadoff double, an RBI single by Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano being plunked by a pitch.

Happ and Soriano had a brief encounter in the third inning as well. For the second consecutive at-bat, the Yankee homered on the first pitch, this time a solo job that also happened to be No. 400 of his career.

A milestone for Soriano but not much of anything for Happ.


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