The Yankees jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Toronto’s Drew Hutchison in the first with just one hit, taking advantage of two walks and a hit batter. Ellsbury collected his first RBI with a groundout and Kelly Johnson drove in two runs with a double.
“It took the pressure off, kind of let everybody breathe a little bit,” Johnson said of the early outburst.
Hutchison (1-1) pitched 5 1-3 shutout innings to beat Tampa Bay on Tuesday, but couldn’t duplicate that success against the Yankees. He allowed six runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings, walked three and struck out six.
“He has been off a little bit,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “Even down in Tampa the other night, he pitched a nice ball game but he wasn’t locating like he normally does.”
“It’s special,” Jeter said. “I grew up watching Paul, I played against him briefly and I have a lot of respect for him and his career.”
Next on the list is Carl Yastrzemski, with 3,419.
New York’s Alfonso Soriano got his first hit of the season and snapped a 0 for 17 slump with a leadoff single in the fifth.
NOTES: New York starting pitchers did not issue a walk in 19 innings against Toronto. … Yankees C Francisco Cervelli took grounders at first base before the game in case he’s needed to fill in for injured 1B Mark Teixeira (right hamstring). … New York OF Carlos Beltran got the day off. … Toronto Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan threw out the first pitch.