NEW YORK (AP) -Frank Thomas and starting pitcher Shaun Marcum left Toronto's game Saturday against the New York Yankees, each with a sore right knee.
Left-handed reliever Scott Downs also departed with an injury, a strained back.
Thomas trotted off the field after a fifth-inning single, his second hit of the game. The designated hitter, who has 512 career home runs, was lifted for pinch-runner John-Ford Griffin.
Griffin was called up from the minors earlier in the day.
Marcum left his start after three innings and was replaced by left-hander Brian Tallet with the Blue Jays leading 3-1.
Marcum, a pleasant surprise for Toronto this season, received a no-decision. The right-hander is 12-6 with a 4.13 ERA in 38 appearances, including 25 starts. He also has one save.
Downs entered in the sixth inning and immediately allowed a two-run single to Hideki Matsui that gave the Yankees a 6-3 lead. Downs bent over on the mound, then walked off the field with a trainer. He was replaced by Brandon League, who got as much time as he needed to warm up.
Perhaps a wet field was a factor in the players getting hurt. The start of the game was delayed 92 minutes because of rain.
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