Although it’s a small consolation the New York Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka shutout the red-hot Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 on Sunday in the Bronx.

  • Game 1: Yankees 5 – Blue Jays 11
  • Game 2: Yankees 5 – Blue Jays 9 (Final 11)
  • Game 3: Yankees 7 – Blue Jays 7
  • Game 4: Yankees 5 – Blue Jays 0

By Robby Sabo

Tanaka Leads New York Yankees On Sunday, Salvaging SeriesThere’s no question this series didn’t go exactly according to plan for Joe Girardi and the New York Yankees. Actually, it was worse than that.

Heading into the four-game stretch against their rivals from the North the AL East lead was just a half-game. After the series was said and done the Toronto Blue Jays extended it to 3.5.

Hitting like this was on full display Friday and both games of a doubleheader on Saturday:

The only saving grace came on Sunday as ace Masahiro Tanaka hurled seven shutout innings. He allowed just four hits and struck-out seven Jays on the afternoon.

Even Alex Rodriguez showed off the hustle when scoring on a sac-fly to extend the lead to 2-0.

The other major story from the weekend revolves around the oft-injured Troy Tulowitzki. Going back on a popup during the first game on Saturday, Tulo collided with center-fielder Kevin Pillar and went down in thriving pain.

The final diagnosis revealed a cracked shoulder-blade, forcing his status into an indefinitely out tag. When, or whether the Jays get him back the rest of the season will be something to keep an eye on.

New York will now take their act to Tampa Bay as they’ll begin a three-game set with the Rays Monday night.

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