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Yankees fill in the blank and step up to rout Jays

By Associated Press
Published April 2, 2003

TORONTO - Jason Giambi and Andy Pettitte made sure the Yankees didn't miss Derek Jeter - at least for one game.

Giambi homered twice, Pettitte pitched seven scoreless innings and Jeter watched from the clubhouse with a dislocated left shoulder as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 10-1 Tuesday.

"You can't replace a player like Derek Jeter, but there are so many great players on this team," Giambi said. "We'll just try to fill in the blanks and battle through it until Derek is back."

One day after Jeter was injured in the season opener, the Yankees got contributions from several players and won their second straight game over Toronto.

Jorge Posada homered and drove in three runs, Giambi hit a pair of homers, Alfonso Soriano had two RBIs, and backup shortstop Enrique Wilson went 2-for-3 with a run-scoring double in Jeter's place.

"Obviously, he'll be missed," Posada said. "But we know we have to play without him. We just have to bear down, have good at-bats, good games and wins so that when he comes back we're right in the mix."

Jeter, who was placed on the 15-day DL and is expected to miss at least a month, spent the game in the clubhouse and the trainer's room, watching on television.

"I don't enjoy watching," he said. "It looked like fun out there. Everyone was swinging the bat well."

Bernie Williams led off the second inning with a double and went to third on Hideki Matsui's groundout. Posada followed with a homer off Cory Lidle to make it 2-0. Soriano added a run-scoring single in the inning.

Giambi led off the third with a homer and hit a two-out shot into the second deck in the fifth for his 20th career multihomer game. He also flied out to the warning track in center against Doug Creek.

The long balls spoiled Lidle's Toronto debut. Acquired in the offseason from Oakland, he allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings.

"Right now they are locked in and they are taking advantage of our mistakes even though there weren't a lot of mistakes," Lidle said.

The Blue Jays lost their first two for the first time since 1981, and the third time in team history.

Pettitte was in trouble only twice. Toronto put two runners on in the first before he got Josh Phelps on a groundout to end it.

The Blue Jays didn't get another runner in scoring position until putting runners on first and second with one out in the sixth. Pettitte recovered to strike out Carlos Delgado and Phelps to escape the jam.

The left-hander allowed six hits, one walk and struck out seven. He won his 129th career game to break a tie with Jack Chesbro for 10th place on the Yankees career list.

Pettitte and Roger Clemens have given the Yankees 13 scoreless innings from their starters.

"We're very confident in our starting pitching," Pettitte said. "Hopefully, everyone else will follow in line and we can get rolling early."

Pettitte was hit on the left foot by Orlando Hudson's shattered bat in the second. Pettitte fielded the ball, threw to second for the force and then hopped around for a bit.

Manager Joe Torre and a trainer came out to check on Pettitte, who was fine.

Matsui went 1-for-4 with a sacrifice fly in his second game since coming over from Japan. He hit a run-scoring single Monday night in his first major-league at-bat.

The Blue Jays got on the scoreboard in the eighth on Vernon Wells' run-scoring double off Antonio Osuna that made it 6-1.

The Yankees put the first five batters on in the ninth against Kelvim Escobar and scored four runs.

ANGELS 10, RANGERS 0: Brad Fullmer hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs and Garret Anderson went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and scored three times for host Anaheim.

Former Devil Rays minor-leaguer Mickey Callaway pitched out of jams in the first two innings. He got Mark Teixeira on an inning-ending groundout with the bases loaded in the first and retired Carl Everett on a flyout with runners at the corners and two outs in the second.

After giving up a leadoff single to Alex Rodriguez in the third, Callaway retired his last 12 batters and didn't allow a ball out of the infield.

Anderson hit a two-run single in the first, and Darin Erstad's two-out single made it 3-0 in the second. Fullmer homered off Chan Ho Park in the third, and Adam Kennedy singled in a run against C.J. Nitkowski. Fullmer added a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

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