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Yankees Find Late Mo-Mentum in 7-6 Win

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The New York Yankees came back from being down 6-1 to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 in Rogers Centre. The Yankees fell behind early due to poor starting pitching by Bartolo Colon and offensive errors. Then the Yankees finally found their power as they slugged out 6 runs and topped it all off with Mariano Rivera’s 601st career save, tying him with Trevor Hoffman.

So what happened with Bartolo Colon? Is this a sign of things to come?

The Yankees made their great comeback thanks to the bats of Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson. A-Rod made his return to the Yankee lineup as he batted 5th with his new altered bat grip to ease the pain on his thumb. Well it seemed to work as the slugger went 2-4, including a big 3-run home run to bring the Yankees to within 6-5 of the Blue Jays. From there Curtis Granderson took over as he gave the Yankees the lead for good with a 2-run home run, his 40th of the season. Granderson had a perfect game going 3-3 with 2RBI, 2 walks, and 3 runs scored.

While the offense showed up, the starting pitching was again the subject of discussion as Bartolo Colon struggled mightily. Colon pitched 4 innings giving up 7 hits, 6 runs, walking 1 and striking out 3. Colon hasn’t thrown this many innings in a few years now and perhaps the work load is catching up to him.

If this continues, it’ll be hard to see Colon be selected as a starter in the playoffs for the Bombers. The front runners in the playoff rotation are CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, and then after that you have AJ Burnett, Freddy Garcia, and Phil Hughes. It’ll be interesting to see how the Yankees dwindle the list down and make a decision.

But for now the Yankees have enough starting pitching to keep them in the game, which the bullpen providing good relief in the back end of the games. Lately it has been up to the bullpen and their offense to perform when it counts, and on Saturday, they made it count.

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