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Yankees Highlights: J.A. Happ dominates Blue Jays to avoid sweep

A vintage J.A. Happ start and another stellar game from DJ LeMahieu helped the Yankees avoid a sweep.

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The Yankees have only lost three games in a row twice this season, and thanks to a solid all-around performance tonight in Toronto, they avoided losing four in a row for a second time. J.A. Happ turned in his best start of the year, and the Yankees used contributions from several primary members of their backup brigade to set down the Blue Jays 6-2.

Winner(s) of the Game

We’ve got a handful of solid choices today, but Happ stands out. He’s been on a solid run of form of late, and he continued that tonight with a sparkling seven-inning, four-hit, one-run outing. Happ very nearly made it through the game without encountering his nemesis, the long ball, but he did surrender a solo homer in the sixth to Eric Sogard, his only blemish of the night. Also winning tonight were Aaron Hicks, who had his best game since coming off the IL, knocking two hits including a three-run bomb, and DJ LeMahieu, who had a three-hit game with a pair of RBI.

Honorable mention: Everyone’s favorite Gio Urshela popped a solo shot, and Cameron Maybin chipped in two hits and two runs scored.

Loser of the Game

Unfortunately, the “Let’s make Chad Green a multi-inning pitcher again” experiment was yet again a failure. Green pitched an easy eighth inning in relief of Happ, but yielded three straight hits to start the ninth as Aaron Boone tried to coax a rare two-inning game out of his erstwhile relief ace. Aroldis Chapman was forced to come on to clean up Green’s mess, earning a save in the process.

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