Beginning a long, long 10-game roadtrip, Matt DeSalvo and the New York Yankees (21-28) held a one-hour pregame meeting then followed it up with another terrible performance - a 7-2 loss to Dustin McGowan and the Toronto Blue Jays (23-27).
The highest-paid club in the big leagues is now tied with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for last in the East.
Joe Torre's reaction to falling 13.5 games behind their AL East-leading nemesis the Boston Red Sox? "We're not happy campers." Understatement of the year. Torre does remain confident however, that the postseason is still an attainable goal.
The Yankees managed just five hits - two infield singles - and were shut out until Hideki Matsui's two-run longball in the eighth, which landed on top of the center-field restaurant.
Another kid forced into New York's rotation, DeSalvo (1-2, 5.40 ERA) allowed three runs, five hits and three walks in just 4.2 innings.
McGowan (1-2, 5.90 ERA) struck out a career-high seven in 7.2 innings for Toronto, the longest start of his short major league career and his first win as a starter since 2005.
Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano all went 0-for-4. Doug Mientkiewicz was 0-for-3 and is hitting .224 while Melky Cabrera went 0-for-2, dropping his average to .215. Bobby Abreu (1-for-4) is batting .233.
Lyle Overbay, who had three hits and was a triple short of the cycle, homered to put Toronto ahead 1-0 in the third. Troy Glaus doubled leading off the fourth and scored on Aaron Hill's single, and Overbay's RBI double made it 3-0 in the fifth.
The Jays busted the game wide open with four runs in the seventh, as Glaus hit a bases-loaded RBI single off Ron Villone, who then walked Frank Thomas with loaded bags. Mike Myers relieved, and immediately gave up the two-run single to Hill.