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If you’re one of those Yankee fans who in recent days found yourself saying aloud, “It can’t possibly get any worse,” then you must be kicking yourself today.

Last night in Toronto, the Yankees found themselves in the bottom of the seventh in a tight 1-1 ball game. Andy Pettitte had pitched brilliantly once again while the Bombers’ lineup had been contained by 25-year-old reliever-turned-starter Shaun Marcum. It appeared the Yanks would get out of the inning when Pettitte induced a potential double play ball, however A-Rod‘s throwing error instead placed runners at the corners with two outs. The play set the stage for disaster.

With Pettitte pitching from the stretch and his back turned to third base, Toronto’s Aaron Hill broke for the plate. Caught completely offguard and thinking that perhaps he had been called for a balk, Pettitte hesitated throwing home just enough to allow Hill to score a split-second ahead of Jorge Posada‘s swiping tag. The steal of home plate – one of the rarest and most exciting plays in baseball – gave the Jays a 2-1 advantage, and though the Yankees would come back to tie the game in the 8th inning, it never felt as if they were quite able to grab the momentum back from the home team. The Jays regained the lead in the bottom of the 8th and held on to win by a score of 3-2.

The loss is the fifth straight for the Yankees, and their 9th defeat in their last 12 games. The team is tied for last place in the division, and trails the division-leading Red Sox by 14 1/2 games.

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