Pettitte will try to continue his successful run against the Toronto Blue Jays and keep the visiting Yankees from sliding back in the AL wild-card hunt Tuesday night.
New York (69-62) started both Jeter and Rodriguez for the first time this season Monday. Rodriguez hit his 650th career home run, but the pair went a combined 1 for 7 as the Yankees fell 5-2 for their eighth loss in 11 road games.
Jeter, who went 0 for 3 after missing 22 games with a calf strain, is 4 for 8 with two home runs against Tuesday's starter J.A. Happ (3-3, 5.10 ERA).
"He looked fine," manager Joe Girardi said. "Everything looked OK to me."
Robinson Cano is hitting .211 in his past 19 road games after going 0 for 4 in Monday's loss that ended a 10-game winning streak against the Blue Jays (59-73). The All-Star second baseman is batting .351 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 14 games versus Toronto this season.
The Yankees have scored 2.3 runs per game and batted .212 while dropping three of four after averaging 6.3 runs and hitting .314 during a 10-2 stretch that vaulted them back into playoff contention. They're 4 1/2 games behind Oakland for the final wild-card spot, with Cleveland and Baltimore ahead of them.
New York will attempt to generate some run support for Pettitte (9-9, 4.26), who looks to win three straight starts for the first time since his first three outings of the year.
Since going 0-3 with a 5.47 ERA during a five-start stretch, Pettitte has allowed one earned run over 12 2-3 innings to win his last two.
The left-hander has had the Blue Jays' number, going 6-1 with a 3.04 ERA in his last eight meetings. He's also gone 5-1 with a 2.91 ERA in his last seven in Toronto.
Pettitte looks to earn his third victory against Toronto this season after he gave up one run and four hits over six innings in Thursday's 5-3 home win.
Pettitte might also have his hands full with Jose Reyes , who is batting .387 in his last nine games against the Yankees.
"We just need to finish this one strong so that we go to spring training with a better feeling," said Reyes of his last-place Blue Jays, who look for their first three-game winning streak since Aug. 4-6.
Happ is scheduled to make his fifth start since returning from a skull fracture and sprained knee, the result of being hit in the head by a line drive May 7 at Tampa Bay.
The left-hander hopes to bounce back after allowing four runs and five walks over 5 1-3 innings in Thursday's loss at Yankee Stadium. He had yielded three runs and three walks over 12 1-3 innings in his previous two outings.
"I've been feeling good since coming back," said Happ, who fell to 2-1 with a 5.46 ERA in five career starts against the Yankees.
|New York Yankees|
|August 22, 2013||Jayson Nix||15-Day DL||Fractured left hand|
|August 21, 2013||Jayson Nix||Day-to-Day||Broken left hand|
|August 03, 2013||Derek Jeter||15-Day DL||Strained right calf|
|August 03, 2013||Derek Jeter||15-Day DL||Strained right calf|
|July 27, 2013||Travis Hafner||15-Day DL||Strained right rotator cuff|
|July 23, 2013||Luis Cruz||15-Day DL||Sprained right knee|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|August 21, 2013||Jose Bautista||15-Day DL||Left hip bone bruise|
|August 21, 2013||Maicer Izturis||60-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
|August 20, 2013||Maicer Izturis||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained left ankle|
|August 17, 2013||Jose Reyes||Day-to-Day||Sore right knee|
|August 12, 2013||Colby Rasmus||15-Day DL||Left oblique strain|
|August 10, 2013||Juan Perez||60-Day DL||Torn UCL ligament, left elbow|
TORONTO (AP) -- Alfonso Soriano felt he had something to prove after the New York Yankees traded him to Texas before the 2004 season.
Ten years later, he is proving it.
Soriano hit two home runs, Andy Pettitte pitched seven shutout innings, and the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 on Tuesday night after they lost Robinson Cano in the first inning.
"It's great for me," said Soriano, who has hit 10 home runs in 25 August games. "When I left here (in 2004), I wasn't sad because it's part of the game, but I thought about how I had something to prove to myself, to my teammates, to the fans."
Alex Rodriguez and Mark Reynolds also homered for the Yankees, who won for the 13th time in 15 meetings with Toronto this season.
Rodriguez hit a two-out solo shot to center off Esmil Rogers in the seventh, his 651st career home run and second in two games. Rodriguez, who has four home runs this season, is nine away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list. Reaching the milestone would secure a $6 million bonus for the third baseman.
Soriano's homers, both hit on the first pitch, were the 399th and 400th of his career. They were his 27th and 28th this season and 10th and 11th since being traded back to New York from the Chicago Cubs on July 26.
"It was a great pickup for us," Pettitte said of acquiring Soriano. "It's energizing when you have a special player like that come and be able to hit for that kind of power and be able to get out there and run around the bases. It's exciting.
"He looks like a young man out there, and I know he's not," Pettitte added. "Hopefully he can keep it going."
It was Soriano's sixth multihomer game this season and the 36th of his career.
"He's been great for us," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's a big reason we've scored a lot more runs and won a lot more games."
Cano sustained a bruise on his left hand after being struck by a pitch from left-hander J.A. Happ in the first inning. Cano stayed in the game to run the bases but was replaced by Eduardo Nunez in the bottom half.
Precautionary X-rays were negative, and the Yankees said Cano is day to day. Asked when he expected to return, Cano targeted Friday's home game against Baltimore.
"It's swollen right now, and the last thing you want to do is aggravate it," he said.
Nunez twisted his right knee when he caught his cleat in a seam on the artificial turf while covering second base in the eighth. He was checked by trainer Steve Donohue and initially stayed in the game, but was replaced by pinch-runner Lyle Overbay three batters after hitting a leadoff single in the ninth.
"He just kind of tweaked his knee," Girardi said. "That all checked out fine. The doctor checked him out and he's fine."
Reynolds moved from first to second in the bottom half, with Overbay taking over at first. Girardi said Reynolds could handle second base Wednesday if needed.
"He's done it before," Girardi said. "You have to go back a couple of years, but he's done it before."
Pettitte (10-9) improved to 7-1 in his past eight starts against Toronto and is 25-13 in 46 games against them, matching former teammate Mike Mussina (25-12) for the most wins over the Blue Jays by any opposing pitcher.
"His stuff was really good," Girardi said. "I thought he was sharp."
Pettitte allowed five hits, walked two and struck out three to win his third straight start after winning just two of his previous 11.
"The biggest thing, like I said for several months, the pitches weren't doing what they're supposed to do," Pettitte said. "They're cooperating right now. Hopefully they'll cooperate the rest of the season."
Toronto's only run came off Adam Warren in the eighth, when rookie Kevin Pillar hit an RBI double.
The Yankees jumped on Happ with a four-run first, highlighted by Soriano's first home run. Brett Gardner hit a leadoff double, Derek Jeter followed with an RBI single, and Cano was hit before Soriano crushed a drive into the fourth deck in left.
"You spot them four runs right out of the gate, it's tough to overcome that," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Soriano connected again with a leadoff blast in the third, a drive that bounced off the top of the wall and went out.
Happ (3-4) allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.
Gardner threw out Toronto's Moises Sierra at home plate in the fifth. Sierra hit a one-out double and was waved home on Ryan Goins ' single, but Gardner charged the ball and threw it to catcher Chris Stewart , who tagged out the sliding Sierra.
Reynolds hit a leadoff homer off Rogers in the sixth, his 17th.
NOTES: Toronto grounded into inning-ending double plays in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. J.P. Arencibia was the batter in the seventh and ninth. ... Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said Gibbons will return in 2014, even though the team is in last place. ... Gibbons said RHP Josh Johnson (strained right forearm) won't return this season. ... Toronto RHP Chien-Ming Wang cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Buffalo.