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Streaking Ichiro helps Yankees open AL East lead – goes 2-for-4 with HomeRun and game-winning double

NEW YORK (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki is streaking, and so are the New York Yankees.

Suzuki homered to start a comeback, then hit a go-ahead, two-run double in a seven-run fourth inning capped by Nick Swisher’s grand slam as the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-7 Thursday night to open a one-game AL East lead over idle Baltimore.

After struggling for much of the summer, the Yankees have won five in a row, their longest winning string since June 23-27.

“Having this momentum come at this point in the season, I think that’s the Yankees,” Suzuki said through a translator. “And I think that’s what makes this team special.”

Acquired from Seattle on July 23, Suzuki is hitting .321 since joining New York, including 9 for 12 with three doubles, a homer, four RBIs and four steals in the three-game sweep of the Blue Jays. He’s batting .362 against lefties.

“Every time he comes up, the crowd gets electric,”

via Streaking Ichiro helps Yankees open AL East lead – USATODAY.com.

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