Game-saving catch, game-winning hit.

Season-salvaging acquisition?

Eh. Let's not get too carried away from a very long day at Yankee Stadium. But we can say this: In the Yankees' universe, where missing the playoffs is unfathomable and going down in a one-game, wild-card heap is virtually the same thing, Ichiro Suzuki validated his July 23 arrival just with what he did yesterday.

The Yankees swept past the lowly Blue Jays, 4-2 and 2-1, maintaining exclusive control of the American League East over pesky Baltimore, because prime Ichiro emerged at an optimal time. In Game 1, hitting leadoff as Derek Jeter rested, the 38-year-old tallied a double and two singles, scored two runs and, battling the legendary left field Stadium sun, corralled a Rajai Davis line drive with two outs and the bases loaded and Toronto trailing by just one.