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MacArthur: Blue Jays' Bronx misery continues

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Scott MacArthur
8/21/2013 11:44:16 PM
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NEW YORK - The Blue Jays' misery at Yankee Stadium continued with Wednesday's 4-2 loss.

Toronto is 0-9 in the Bronx this season, with only Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Yankees remaining.

R.A. Dickey took the loss, tossing eight innings of four-run ball for a complete game. The dagger was a two out, two-run home run by Alfonso Soriano in the eighth, which broke a 2-2 tie.

Here are some post-game notes and thoughts:

REYES EJECTED

Jose Reyes was ejected in the second inning of Wednesday night's game for arguing a called third strike.

It marked Reyes' first ejection of the season and the 10th time in 2013 a Blue Jays' player or coach has been given the heave ho.

“For me, to be honest, I looked at it on the video, I thought the three strikes he called on me I thought were balls,” said Reyes. “He's the umpire. He knows what he's doing back there. Maybe, like I said, I overreacted throwing my helmet down. I never do that but sometimes it's just the way stuff's going.”

Mark DeRosa replaced Reyes and played second base. Munenori Kawasaki shifted from second to shortstop.

ICHIRO GETS 4,000TH PROFESSIONAL HIT

Yankees' right fielder Ichiro Suzuki's first inning single on Wednesday was the 4,000th hit of his professional baseball career.

“You never want to be the guy that gives up the milestone,” said Dickey. “At least I don't. Maybe some people do. I certainly don't. That being said, what an incredible achievement and the manner in which he's done it is equally as impressive. The longevity, the endurance, the durability.”

Dickey was Ichiro's teammate in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners.

Ichiro had 1,278 hits while playing for Orix in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB – Japan) and has amassed 2,722 hits with Seattle and New York in Major League Baseball.

His 2,722 MLB hits are one more than Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig amassed.

In 2004, Ichiro set a single season record with 262 hits.

“It couldn't happen to a more professional hitter,” said Dickey.

IZTURIS HOBBLING

Maicer Izturis' sprained left ankle swelled as he slept and he was seen limping, unable to place any weight on the heel of his foot, in the clubhouse before Wednesday's game.

The injury occurred in the fifth inning of the night cap of Tuesday's double header. Izturis landed awkwardly on first base and he ran out a ground ball.

He stayed in the game defensively for one more half-inning but had trouble moving from side to side and was removed in the sixth.

The Blue Jays are hoping to avoid putting Izturis on the disabled list but may be left with no choice if there is no appreciable improvement in the near term.

SATURDAY'S STARTER

The Blue Jays still have not named a starter for Saturday's game in Houston.

Does the club call up a youngster like Marcus Stroman, who would make his major league debut? How about Sean Nolin, who'd be looking to bounce back after his first career major league start on May 24 when he gave up six runs in 1 1/3 innings against Baltimore.

Toronto also could turn to a veteran, like Chien-Ming Wang.

Manager John Gibbons says he intends to keep Mark Buehrle and R.A. Dickey on regular rest for the remainder of the season, which means Buehrle will pitch on Sunday and Dickey will open the next home stand, against the Yankees on Monday.

TRAVEL TIP

If you're a Seinfeld fan and a trip to New York City is in your future, one of the spots you may want to visit is Tom's Restaurant. You'll recognize it's “RESTAURANT” signage from the show's diner scenes.

One thing: If you plan to have lunch at Tom's, make sure you have enough cash.

The diner doesn't take credit cards. Found that out on Wednesday afternoon.

Tom's is located on Manhattan's Upper West Side at the corner of 112th St. and Broadway.

R.A. Dickey  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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