The Yankees have tipped their hats to pitchers so many times this year, they better begin icing their elbows and wrists.

Kyle Drabek was the latest hurler to be smothered in Yankees hosannas after hurling the Blue Jays to an 8-1 victory in front of 28,915 at Rogers Centre.

"That sinker was really working,'' Mark Teixeira said of Drabek, who recorded 13 of 21 outs on the ground. "You don't want to say [Roy] Halladay because Halladay is special, but I felt like Halladay was out there tonight.''

Drabek, whose dad Doug was a major league pitcher, toyed with a Yankees lineup that was without Derek Jeter (day off) and with Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez and Teixeira.