By Rich Mancuso
BRONX, NEW YORK, AUGUST 20- With Robinson Cano hitting his 200th career home run and right hander Ivan Nova allowing four runs in 6.1 innings, the New York Yankees came home to the Bronx Tuesday afternoon and defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
New York won for the seventh time in their last nine games and overcame a four-run deficit for the first time this season. Right hander Phil Hughes (4-12) will take the mound for the second game and try and get the Yankees a sweep of the twin-bill.
Earlier as Nova (7-4) and the Yankees took the field for the first game, Major League Baseball announced that Yankees manager Joe Girardi had been fined an undisclosed amount of money stemming from his tirade Friday night up in Boston.
Girardi was ejected from that game in the second inning after arguing with plate umpire Brian O’Nora after Boston pitcher Ryan Dempster threw three pitches at the Yankees Alex Rodriguez, the last of the three that hit the controversial Yankees third baseman.
Dempster was also fined and suspended five games for his actions.
“I don’t really have any comment,” said Girardi about the suspension of Dempster. “Think I made my feelings pretty clear then,” he said. Girardi seemed annoyed about the questions being asked about Dempster, feeling he offered enough about the situation that happened Friday night.
Though Girardi said, a suspension for intentionally throwing at a position player does not always make sense as it related to five games. He also seemed surprised that he was fined, though that was expected.
As for winning another game, he said, “Win the game that is at hand. The guys went out and did that today and came from behind and got some big hits and that’s what we have to concentrate on.”
Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-5 with a double in the third inning and a single in the seventh. He is one hit shy of career hit 4,000, 1,278 of those hits came as a player in Japan.