Series: Game 3 of 3

NY Yankees won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, April 28
NY Yankees2
Game 2: Saturday, April 29
NY Yankees17
Game 3: Sunday, April 30
NY Yankees4

Blue Jays 1

(12-11, 4-5 away)

Yankees 4

(13-10, 9-3 home)

1:05 PM ET, April 30, 2006

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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W: M. Mussina (4-1)

L: G. Chacin (4-1)

S: M. Rivera (4)

Coming off 6-3 homestand, Yankees ready for Red Sox

NEW YORK (AP) -- The riled-up New York Yankees spent all afternoon barking at the plate umpire, and an angry Joe Torre charged out of the dugout to argue a rare ejection.

Looks as though the Bronx Bombers are ready for their first trip to Boston.

Jason Giambi hit a two-run homer and Mike Mussina shut down the Toronto Blue Jays again, leading New York to a 4-1 victory Sunday. Andy Phillips also homered for the Yankees, who took two of three in the series and finished 6-3 on their first long homestand of the season.

The normally even-tempered Torre wasn't around for the end -- he and Toronto skipper John Gibbons were both ejected for arguing balls and strikes with umpire Adam Dowdy.

"He shows emotion in big situations," Giambi said. "It definitely, I think, gave us a lift."

Johnny Damon had three hits for the second day in a row as he prepares for his much-anticipated return to Fenway Park. He and the Yankees lead the AL East by percentage points over Boston, where they begin a two-game series Monday night.

"It feels like my bat speed, I'm quick. It feels like my balance is there," Damon said. "So, hopefully, I can keep on belting out hits and, hopefully, the guys keep driving me in."

Mussina (4-1) outpitched Gustavo Chacin, allowing one run and seven hits in six innings for his sixth solid start in six outings this year.

Featuring what Damon calls his "Bugs Bunny changeup," the right-hander struck out seven and walked two. He also beat the Blue Jays 3-1 on April 19 in Toronto.

"I thought I made some pitches that didn't get called. I fought through it," Mussina said.

Kyle Farnsworth fanned three in 1 2-3 scoreless innings, and Mariano Rivera got four quick outs for his fourth save. New York improved to 10-0 in day games.

Trying to become the AL's first five-game winner, Chacin (4-1) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings. He failed in his bid to become the first Blue Jays starter to win five times in April, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"I think he's our MVP so far. Every time he's on the mound, he gives us a chance to win," Toronto's Vernon Wells said.

Both teams took issue with Dowdy's strike zone. Dowdy, a Triple-A umpire filling in for Mike DiMuro, has worked major league games since 2002.

Dowdy ejected Torre in the middle of the fifth after Mussina struck out Shea Hillenbrand (for the third time) with the bases loaded.

As Chacin was warming up for the bottom half, Torre said he caught Dowdy's attention and held up three fingers.

"He asked me what it meant," Torre said. "I told him it meant he missed three pitches. He threw me out after that."

Gibbons was tossed in the bottom of the fifth after three consecutive walks by Chacin forced in a run, his only three walks of the game.

"Tough place to play," Gibbons said three separate times, with a slight smirk on his face.

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner took exception to the ejections -- and the fact Dowdy was even behind the plate, the New York Daily News and New York Post reported Monday.

"I think it's a crime that the league would assign a rookie umpire to a crucial series like this," Steinbrenner said. "I'm really P.O.'d at the league for sending those kinds of umpires -- a rookie umpire in here to do this series."

Steinbrenner indicated either he or someone else from the Yankees' front office would discuss the situation at baseball's main offices Monday. Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney told the Daily News he had no comment when told of Steinbrenner's complaint.

Torre was ejected for the first time since last June 8 in Milwaukee. He was tossed only twice last year.

"We felt we had some calls that didn't go our way. Our manager got thrown out first," New York's Alex Rodriguez said. "He didn't say anything. There were 14 people in the dugout yelling at the umpire. I guess he just picked out the manager. I thought Joe handled himself with a lot of class, and all of a sudden he gets thrown out of the game."

But the ejection woke up the crowd of 52,954 and seemed to spark the Yankees.

Toronto went ahead in the third on Frank Catalanotto's RBI double. With a runner on third, Mussina struck out cleanup batter Troy Glaus and retired Lyle Overbay to escape further damage.

Phillips connected in the fifth. Damon doubled with two outs and Chacin walked three straight, giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead.

Chacin and the Blue Jays thought his 2-2 pitch to Rodriguez with the bases loaded caught the inside corner. Ball four also looked close, and the frustrated lefty turned his back to the plate and walked nearly all the way to third base as Gibbons popped out of the dugout to argue.

"They were both close. The timing of it all, after the top of the inning," Gibbons said, "tough place to play for us."

Wells had a similar take.

"Obviously, it was a good day to have pinstripes on," he said. "We had opportunities, we just didn't play well enough to win."

Derek Jeter doubled off Pete Walker with two outs in the seventh, and Giambi followed with a drive off the facing of the right-field upper deck to make it 4-1.

Giambi came out for a curtain call after his ninth homer and second in two days. He has 27 RBI -- a total he didn't reach last year until July 5.

Game notes

The Yankees activated RHP Aaron Small from the DL after the game and optioned LHP Matt Smith to Triple-A Columbus. ... Yankees RF Gary Sheffield sat out with a bruised left hand following a collision with Hillenbrand at 1B the previous day. Sheffield is day to day. ... Toronto bench coach Ernie Whitt argued with second base umpire Larry Poncino in the seventh after Alex Rios was caught stealing. He appeared to be safe. "Maybe somebody blinked. I don't know," Gibbons said. ... Dowdy also ejected Yankees RHP Orlando Hernandez and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre in a September 2004 game against Tampa Bay.

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