Hitting .571 in the last six games provides a batter with a huge boost to their confidence, and to the team that he plays for. This player is Derek Jeter.

A day removed after the entire team had 13 strikeouts, the Yankees rebounded for their fourth win in the last eleven games, with a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jeter hit a two-run home run and had three total hits tonight. He now has 2,498 hits in his career.

Andy Pettitte finally won his 13th game, first since July 26. He went 7 innings, allowing only one run and 5 hits.

The Yankee hitters ganged up on David Purcey, with Johnny Damon getting two hits and two runs, and Bobby Abreu has continued to show why he is this team’s offensive MVP with one hit tonight. Xavier Nady has been the team’s prize second-half acquisition with two hits to raise his average to .318.

Brian Bruney pitched the final two innings in relief for Pettitte and shut down the Blue Jay bats.

Tonight’s victory was a little bit of relief for the Yankees. They have 36 games left and Boston is currently losing at Baltimore and so is Tampa Bay against the Angels.

Tomorrow Yankees send Sir Sidney Ponson to the mound against the Jays ace Roy Halladay. Halladay shut down Boston last week and the last time he pitched against the Yankees, he also shut them down. The Yankees need to play smart baseball.

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