I didn’t see the game, but the wrap-up makes the tone of this piece unduly dire. "Three mistakes" made by Sergio Mitre, the Yankees’ replacement starter for the injured Chien-Ming Wang, "doomed" the Yankees to… a loss by one run. OK. Baseball isn’t horseshoes and almost doesn’t ultimately impact a box score. But we’re at the point in the season where we’re playing playoff-exhibition games, and if this is how the Yankees play on an off-night, then it’s no surprise why we own the best record in baseball:

Derek Jeter had a leadoff homer and two singles for the Yankees, who stirred off Jason Frasor in the ninth. Hideki Matsui singled with one out, and Ramiro Pena ran for him. But Jeter grounded into a close force play at second, and Nick Swisher struck out to end the game.

Mitre’s breaking balls and sinkers kept the hitters off balance, and six of the first nine Blue Jays struck out. They were not happy about it, either; after the top of the third, which started with a called strikeout, the even-tempered Toronto manager, Cito Gaston, was ejected for the first time this season.

And three mistakes cost us the game after that? We can afford it. This isn’t the Afghanistan war.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman