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El Duque, Torre tossed in loss to Toronto

TORONTO (AP) -- The New York Yankees couldn't come all the way
back after tempers flared.

Chris Woodward homered and the Toronto Blue Jays held on for
their fourth straight win, a heated 8-5 victory over the Yankees on
Monday night.

Yankees starter Orlando Hernandez (5-3) was ejected in the
seventh inning after hitting Carlos Delgado with a pitch.

Three pitches earlier, Hernandez threw behind Delgado. The Blue
Jays slugger took a step toward the mound and screamed at
Hernandez. Yankees manager Joe Torre also was tossed.

Torre said he thought Hernandez was trying to send a message to
the Blue Jays, but that Hernandez didn't mean to hit Delgado.

Toronto starter Steve Parris hit Jason Giambi and Chris Widger
early in the game.

"It would be my guess that first one was to let people know
we're here,'' Torre said.

Blue Jays reliever Corey Thurman threw over the head of Widger
and Derek Jeter in the sixth. Scott Cassidy almost hit Jeter with a
pitch in the eighth.

"Jason got hit, Widger got hit. It looked like to me that he
was just protecting his own players,'' Jeter said. "We've been hit
enough times. That's what pitchers do.''

The Yankees, who blew a 7-1 lead on Sunday, almost rallied from
a 6-1 deficit against the Blue Jays.

Alfonso Soriano hit his 23rd home run in the sixth and Giambi
hit his 23rd in the eighth.

Giambi's homer cut Toronto's lead to 6-5, but the Blue Jays
added two runs in the bottom half on Dave Berg's ground-rule double
and Shannon Stewart's RBI single.

Parris took exception to Hernandez hitting Delgado after he
threw behind him earlier in the at-bat.

"You throw behind a guy and that's it. You don't need to make
your point again,'' Parris said.

Delgado was considerably calmer after the game.

"I can understand the situation. Nobody likes to get hit or
thrown at. It happens and it's part of the game,'' Delgado said.
"It's been 45 minutes since the game was over. I've already had a
glass of milk.''

Raul Mondesi returned to the Yankees lineup, three days after
crashing into an outfield wall. He went 0-for-4 with a walk in his
first game at SkyDome since being traded from Toronto to New York
on July 1.

Hernandez, who retired eight straight before hitting Delgado,
allowed six runs on nine hits -- eight singles -- in 6 1-3 innings.

"I was surprised I was thrown out because at no point did I
intentionally throw at him,'' Hernandez said through an interpreter.

Parris (2-2) allowed just one run on four hits in five innings.
He struck out six and walked three.

Kelvim Escobar pitched the ninth for his 15th save.

Thurman let the Yankees back into the game in the sixth. He
struck out the first two batters he faced, and he went to a 1-2
count on Nick Johnson before walking him.

Soriano homered on the first pitch, cutting Toronto's lead to
6-3. Thurman then walked Jeter and allowed an infield single to
Giambi before Bernie Williams singled to make it 6-4.

Jeter doubled in the first, Parris hit Giambi with a pitch and
Williams hit an RBI single for a 1-0 lead.

Woodward hit his fourth home run after Hernandez walked Delgado.

Toronto's Eric Hinske and Stewart hit consecutive singles in the
third before Vernon Wells hit a sacrifice fly, giving Toronto a 2-1
lead. Mondesi made a strong throw to the plate, but Hinske beat the

Ken Huckaby and Joe Lawrence hit consecutive singles in the
fourth before Dave Berg's infield single off Hernandez's foot
loaded the bases. Hinske and Stewart each followed with RBI
singles, and Delgado hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-1.

Game notes
Wells robbed Robin Ventura of extra bases with a leaping
grab at the center-field wall in the fifth. ... New York C Jorge
Posada wasn't with the team because his wife gave birth early
Monday morning. Torre hoped Posada would rejoin the team on Tuesday
because the Yankees didn't have a backup catcher ... Huckaby went