In the galaxy of stars that dominate the Yankees' universe Ichiro Suzuki's glow isn't the brightest.

Once, he was among baseball's elite as he carved out a Hall of Fame career in the Pacific Northwest. Now, he is a piece to the puzzle the Yankees hope can take them deep into the postseason.

Last night against a Blue Jays team that has been destroyed by injuries and played very poorly in the field, the Yankees rode Ichiro's bat to a 10-4 win in front of 41,610 at Rogers Centre.

"Sometimes when I go to the plate and they say, 'Playing left field for the Yankees' it takes me a while and I say, 'Oh yeah, I am a Yankee,' '' said Ichiro, who started in center field for the first time and went 2-for-5 and drove in five runs in easily the best game of his 17 as a Yankee. "Everybody has been great.''