Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Yankees take lead in battle for third in AL East with 3-1 win over Blue Jays

TORONTO — As far as showdowns go, battling for third place isn't much to get excited about, but that's what the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees are left with in 2008.

So there was little more than varying degrees of mediocrity at stake when the AL East also-rans opened up a series Tuesday night, the Bronx Bombers striking first with a 3-1 victory.

Jason Giambi homered and scored twice while Mike Mussina dominated over five innings, despite taking a Travis Snider line drive off his right forerarm, to highlight a game that had a let's-get-this-over-with feel to it.

Home plate umpire Larry Vanover certainly seemed to call it that way, with a strike zone so wide many players were left shaking their heads.

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