wasn't about to get too caught up in his showdown with A.J. Burnett. Instead, the Toronto ace did what he always does - shut
New York Yankees
Halladay pitched a five-hitter to best his former teammate and
had three hits and three RBIs for the
in a 5-1 victory Tuesday night.
''That's a big part of being consistent, having the same approach and not letting those things affect the way you look at
games,'' Halladay said of facing Burnett, who pitched for Toronto from 2006 to 2008. ''As soon as you start changing the way
you approach the game you can find yourself in trouble.''
hit a solo homer for the
, who improved to an AL-best 23-12. They lead New York, which was playing without shortstop
, by 6 1/2 games.
Halladay (7-1) walked none and struck out five to win his fourth straight start and improve to 16-5 in 33 career games against
New York. He has an ERA of 2.77 against the Yankees, his best against any AL opponent.
''He showed why he's the best around and why he's going to continue to be the best around,'' New York outfielder
had a run-scoring single in the seventh for the Yankees, his first RBI since hitting a three-run homer in his first at-bat
since returning from hip surgery Friday.
Yankees designated hitter
left the game in the fifth with a tight right hamstring and is day to day.
''When he came out of the box in the (second) inning he felt his right hamstring tighten up so we took him out,'' New York
said. ''He didn't feel like he strained anything but it was tight so we felt like we had to get him out.''
Jeter was scratched with a sore right oblique, an injury that has bothered him for the past week, and was replaced by
. Girardi said Jeter could return to the lineup Wednesday.
''I've pulled that muscle before and (ended up on) the disabled list,'' Jeter said. ''That's two or three weeks. We're trying
to avoid that. Hopefully this extra day helped.''
Burnett (2-1) allowed five runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings and has not won since April 14.
Burnett's reception Tuesday was in stark contrast with his last outing in Toronto. On Sept. 24, he was given a standing ovation
and a curtain call after working eight innings against the Yankees. But after going 18-10 with a 4.07 ERA and 231 strikeouts
in 2008, Burnett opted out of the final two years of his contract and signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal with New York.
With that defection still stinging, a boisterous crowd of 43,737, Toronto's biggest since opening day, singled out both Burnett
and Rodriguez with a cascade of boos.
''It was what I expected,'' Burnett said. ''Any time you opt out of a contract like that and go somewhere else, you're going
to get that.''
led off the Toronto third with a double before walks to
loaded the bases for Rolen, who hit a two-run double down the third-base line. One out later, Lind scored on
' shallow sacrifice fly to right, sliding home safely when catcher
dropped the one-hop throw from
Damon was thrown out in the first by left fielder
trying to stretch a single. Halladay retired the next 17 batters, a streak that ended with Damon's one-out double in the seventh.
One out later, Rodriguez hit an RBI single.
Notes: RHP Chien-Ming Wang allowed three hits in six shutout innings in his first rehab start at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
on Tuesday night. GM Brian Cashman and Girardi planned to discuss Wang's status late Tuesday or early Wednesday. ... Yankees
(aneurysm) had shoulder surgery in New York on Tuesday. Kennedy will remain in the hospital for the next couple of days and
should begin throwing again in six to eight weeks. ...
GM J.P. Ricciardi said LHP B.J. Ryan (muscle tightness in his back and shoulder) could rejoin the team this weekend but said
will remain Toronto's closer. Downs is 3 for 3 in save opportunities since Ryan went on the DL on April 23.