In a Yankees clubhouse that emanated equal parts joy and relief, Robinson Cano offered wisdom that will make his team's many fans nod in agreement.

"It doesn't matter if you're 2-for-4," the Yankees second baseman and cleanup hitter said yesterday. "If you don't get a hit in a big situation, then they don't count."

Yesterday counted for Cano. This whole road trip counted.

And the Yankees, having pulled off a come-from-behind, 9-6 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, departed Canada with realistic hopes of outlasting the Orioles in what has been an epic battle to capture the American League East.