Andy Pettitte pitched effectively into the eighth inning, Travis Hafner homered and had two RBIs, and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4 on Friday night.

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Lyle Overbay and Vernon Wells also went deep against their former team as the Yankees won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Scratched from his previous scheduled start because of back spasms, Pettitte (3-0) was pitching for the first time since April 9 at Cleveland. He showed few signs of rust, however, striking out four in a row at one stretch in his 7 1-3 innings.

The veteran left-hander allowed three runs and six hits, walked one and struck out a season-high five.

Shawn Kelly got the final five outs for the Yankees.


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