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Yanks utilizing small ball to generate runs

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NEW YORK -- Even though the home run numbers are not what the Yankees expected coming into the season, the team is finding other ways to generate offense lately.

Take Thursday's 6-4 win against the Blue Jays for instance.

Brett Gardner led off the first inning with a double, moved to third on a single from Derek Jeter and scored on a sacrifice fly. In the third inning, Jacoby Ellsbury singled, stole second base, was pushed to third on a single and also scored on a sacrifice fly. Brian Roberts singled in the sixth, swiped second and third before scoring on a groundout by Jeter.

"I think that's important," said manager Joe Girardi. "That's one of the ways that we create runs -- we have guys that are able to do that and that's been important to our offense."

The Yankees entered Friday's game against the Orioles tied for ninth in the American League in home runs (57), but they are third in stolen bases (52). The offseason additions of Roberts and Ellsbury has given New York another dimension to its offense.

"And when we do start hitting more home runs, and I think you're going to see it, you add that in there and it's a pretty complete offense," Girardi said.

Jamal Collier and Jake Kring-Schreifels are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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