Toronto Completes Sweep Of Yankees

For the first time ever, the Toronto Blue Jays swept the New York Yankees in a four-game series. Continuing their current trend of losses, the Yankees couldn't muster enough pitching, defense or offense to overcome their opponents as the Blue Jays defeated them by a score of 5-3.

Yankees' starter Jeff Weaver looked extremely sharp in the early goings, breezing through the first three innings allowing just one hit. But the future Bronx ace came unraveled in the fourth inning.

After Frank Catalanatto reached base on Alfonso Soriano's fielding error to lead off the inning, Weaver could not settle down. He walked Vernon Wells, hit Carlos Delgado with a pitch and gave up a two-RBI double to Greg Myers. A Josh Phelps sacrifice fly and Orlando Hudson RBI single later, and the score was 4-1 Toronto.

Phelps picked up his second RBI of the afternoon with a run-scoring single in the sixth inning that put his team up 5-1.

The Yankees' hitting woes continued, despite manager Joe Torre's efforts to shake his team up. Torre debuted a radical new lineup on Sunday, with Derek Jeter leading off, Hideki Matsui batting second and Alfonso Soriano making his first-ever start in the number three position.

The trick seemed to work, but only on the surface. The Yankees picked up 12 hits as a team, easily outdoing the Blue Jays, who only had eight. But despite the fact that the Yankees put runners on every inning, they could not get a hit with those runners on.

All three Yankee runs scored on solo homeruns. Posada hit one out in the second to temporarily put the Yanks up 1-0, Jeter tagged one out to right in the seventh and Soriano connected on a shot in the ninth inning.

Soriano's shot was too little, too late against Jays' closer Cliff Politte. Politte grabbed the save for the second night in a row, his eighth of the season.

Weaver (3-3) was charged with the loss after throwing five innings, allowing five runs – four earned - on six hits and a walk while striking out three.

Doug Davis (2-3) stopped his three-game losing skid by picking up a win. The southpaw, released earlier in the season by the Texas Rangers, pitched five innings, allowing one run on six hits and a couple of walks while striking out three Yankees.

Chris Hammond and Sterling Hitchcock pitched very well in relief of Weaver. The two lefties combined to throw four innings of scoreless, two-hit ball. The bullpen on the whole has been pitching well for a change, a point that has been overshadowed by the faltering of the rest of the Yankees.

The loss for the Yankees dropped them to 1-½ games behind the rival Boston Red Sox, who head into New York next for a three-game series. "The Rocket" Roger Clemens (6-2, 2.92) pitches Monday for the Yankees, looking for his 300th career victory. He will face off against Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (4-2, 4.50).

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