(I apologize for the title. I'm tired.) I know it's early in the season and I know it may be too soon to say this but I'm going to say it anyway.
I love when the Yankees beat the Blue Jays. And do you know why that is? Because Blue Jays fans have become entirely too confident and a tad too obnoxious for me. Just because your team won the offseason doesn't mean that will translate into wins in the regular season. Hello? Doesn't anyone remember the 2012 Marlins? You know, the team the Blue Jays essentially traded for in November?
With that said, I do follow a lot of cool Blue Jay fans on Twitter and I don't wish them any ill will.
All right, let's get to the recap. This one started off on the wrong foot with Hiroki Kuroda having a rough first two innings.
He gave up a two-run home run to Edwin Encarnacion in the first and then a solo home run to Brett Lawrie in the second. Kuroda looked all out of sorts and then he did what any good starter does, he made adjustments and was able to shut down the opposing team down for the remainder of his time on the field. He finished with six innings pitched, gave up those three runs on six hits, walked one and struck out three.
On the other side, Mark Buehrle, had a strong first inning and then gave up runs in the second, third and fourth innings - all on home runs, just like Kuroda.
In the second, Vernon Wells, who loves hitting Buehrle - he's 24-48 in his career with three home runs and 10 RBI, hit a solo shot to cut the Jays lead to 3-1. Then Robinson Cano hit a three-run shot in the third inning to put the Yankees up 4-3. In the fifth inning, Buehrle got "Cerved" when Francisco Cervelli hit a solo shot, his third of the year, to put the Yankees up 5-3. (I can't believe I just wrote that; both the horrible "cerved" thing and that he actually hit a home run. Like I said above, I'll chalk it up to being tired and loopy.)
The bullpen continued to keep the Blue Jays off the board with three strong innings of work. Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera only gave up one hit (off Chamberlain) and strike out three (1 by Robertson and 2 by Rivera). Rivera picked up his seventh save of the season and the 615th of career.
Oh and in a cool, "Hey, I know that guy!" moment, my friend Mark caught Cano's home run!