- Associated Press - Saturday, August 30, 2014

TORONTO (AP) - With their hottest hitter hobbled by a bad ankle, the New York Yankees turned in an ice cold offensive performance Saturday.

Even worse for the Yankees, it could be a while before Jacoby Ellsbury is ready to return.

Drew Hutchison pitched seven sparkling innings, combining with Aaron Sanchez on a one-hitter, and Jose Bautista homered for the fourth straight game to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Yankees 2-0 on Saturday.

“We’ve scored some runs on this trip, we just weren’t able to today,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Ellsbury sat out with a sore left ankle, suffered when he slid into Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro in the ninth inning Friday. X-rays following the game were negative.

The star center fielder had hit .500 (11 for 22) with four homers and nine RBIs in the first five games of New York’s road trip.

“It’s obviously sore but I got a lot of treatment today, pretty much all game,” Ellsbury said of his ankle. “I’m still holding out for tomorrow.”

Girardi didn’t share Ellsbury’s optimism.

“I’d be really shocked if he played tomorrow,” Girardi said, adding that he’s worried about a lengthy absence. With rosters set to expand on Sept. 1, the Yankees won’t have to worry about putting Ellsbury on the disabled list.

Girardi refused to use Ellsbury’s injury as an excuse for the lack of offense.

“You can’t just rely on one guy,” Girardi said. “A lot of guys have to contribute.”

Mark Teixeira’s fourth-inning double was the only hit allowed by Hutchison (9-11), who walked two and struck out nine.

“It’s tough to get better than he was today,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Hutchison.

In four previous starts against New York this season, Hutchison had posted a 7.08 ERA, allowing 24 hits, including three homers, in 20 1-3 innings.

Yankees catcher Brian McCann said Hutchison’s location Saturday was vastly better than in those previous meetings.

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