The Yankees (91-67) maintained their one game lead in the AL East beating the Toronto Blue Jays (69-88) on Friday night 11-4. The Yankees bats came alive with every Yankees starter hitting safely at least once in the game. Hiroki Kuroda was not sharp in his outing going 5 1/3 giving up 10 hits and two runs.

The Yankees struck in the first inning when Nick Swisher laced a two run double in the right-center field gap off of Toronto starter Chad Jenkins. Jenkins went 3 2/3 gave up three runs on four hits.

Toronto got on the board in the fifth inning when Colby Rasmus drilled a solo home run to right field off of Kuroda, his 23rd of the season.

The big blow for the Jays came in the sixth inning when Russell Martin slammed a three run homer over the left field wall off of Jason Frasor making the score 6-1 Yankees. It was Martin’s 20th of the season. The Yankees would add another run in the sixth on an Ichiro RBI single, one in the seventh when Raul Ibanez hit an RBI groundout, and another in the eighth on a Robinson Cano RBI single.

Toronto added two more in the seventh inning when Adam Lind hit a two run home run off of David Phelps it was Lind’s 11th of the season.

Eric Chavez added even more insurance in the ninth inning when he lifted an opposite field two run home run off of Toronto reliever Bobby Korecky.

The Yankees will play the Blue Jays again on Saturday afternoon. Andy Pettitte (5-3 2.71) will start for the Yankees while Ricky Romero (9-14 5.76) will start for the Blue Jays. Pregame coverage begins at 12:30, first pitch at 1:07 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.

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