The substitude Yankee bats were alive and well Friday night behind Andy Pettitte who is now 3-0 in the young season.
Pettitte didn’t need much help, but he got plenty in New York’s 9-4 series-opening win over the Blue Jays in front of 40,028 at Rogers Centre on Friday. Former Blue Jays Lyle Overbay, hit a solo homer to center field in the sixth inning to make it a 6-1 game. Catcher Francisco Cervelli followed up with a ground-rule double to right that chased Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow who has seemed to turn into Phil Hughes.
Morrow lasted 5 1/3 innings, surrendering seven runs — five earned — on nine hits and saw his ERA balloon to 5.57.
Vernon Wells, who broke into the big leagues with the Blue Jays and played in Toronto for 12 years, answered a stadium full of fans who were booing him by adding a solo homer of his own in the seventh, his fourth of the year, off reliever Brett Cecil to put New York in front, 9-3.