It wasn’t exactly the b-squad starting for the Yankees, but they did rest a few of their regulars as Javier Vazquez got bombed by the Blue Jays en route to a 8-4 loss the day after they clinched a playoff spot.
Here are some highlights:
Vazquez got the start over Andy Pettitte, who is being rested for the playoffs. Javy couldn’t even make it out of the fifth inning while giving up seven runs on 10 hits with three homers.
The bullpen went 3.2 innings and allowed no runs.
Alex Rodriguez homered in the sixth inning. It is his 30th of the season. A-Rod has hit at least 30 homers with 100 RBI in 13 consecutive seasons and 14 seasons overall (the most in major league history).
Brett Cecil beat the Yankees for the fourth time this year. He joins Roy Halladay as the only Blue Jays starter to beat them four times in a year.
Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher, and Francisco Cervelli all had multi-hit games, Cervelli had 3 hits.
With Vazquez’s pathetic performance, you have to think that he might have thrown his last pitch as a Yankee. He won’t be offered arbitration this offseason and they won’t attempt to resign him. There are only three games left in the season and it’s hard to imagine him pitch in the playoffs.