BLUE JAYS (45-47)
Notes: The Yankees are 20-7 in the games Joba has appeared in, 5-2 in his starts. He is 1-0 as a starter with a 2.57 ERA. … The Yankees are 4-2 against the Blue Jays. … I wish I had other exciting tidbits for you but I had a 6:28 a.m. flight out of Pittsburgh to Toronto that connected through Newark. Crunching numbers lost out out to fitful sleep on two small planes.
HEY BUDDY: Happy birthday to my nephew Jason, who is now 3. The J-Man received this inflatable house that you blow up with an air compressor in the backyard, climb into and bounce around until you either throw up or fall asleep. It’s great to be a kid.
TECHNOLOGY AT WORK: Meanwhile, the wireless access code at the Rogers Centre is 26 digits long and they change it for every series. Most parks have passwords like “baseball” or “pressbox.” Apparently piggybacking is a major issue here in Toronto.
A-ROD UPDATE: The fans here in Toronto don’t much like A-Rod. You can expect plenty of Madonna references and other such stuff. Meanwhile, C-Rod is here in Toronto to let A-Rod see one of his kids. The paparazzi will be all over this.
GET WELL SOON, KLAP: Our buddy Bob Klapisch of The Record, who is an actual baseball player along with being a fine baseball writer, got hit with a ball yesterday. Get well soon, pal.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: The Yankees signed LHP Eric Milton and assigned him to Scranton. He was then placed on the DL. He is recovering from Tommy John surgery. … A.J. Burnett will start for Toronto on Sunday, not Brian Tallett. … Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui had good days down in Tampa as they rehabbed. Damon had better range of motion in his shoulder. … The PA system is playing Lenny Kravitz as the Yankees take BP.
UPDATE, 6:25 p.m.: Vernon Wells (left hammy) is on the DL for Toronto and Alex Rios is away because his girlfriend is having a baby, hence the AAA Toronto lineup.
UPDATE, 6:53 p.m.: Just spoke to Brian Cashman to get his take on Eric Milton: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” he said. “We’ll make an assessment of how he is physically and try and get him going. I have no expectations of whether he can pitch for us this season, either in the majors or minors. But I can’t tell you he won’t.”
On Richie Sexson: “It’s something we’re going to look at. But I don’t know whether we’re going to make him an offer.”
Interesting to note that Milton and Sexson are represented by the same agent, Casey Close.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: Yankees pick up right where they left off against Pittsburgh. It’s hard to see bunch doing much against Halladay. A-Rod is 1 of 14 with five strikeouts.
UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Posada hasn’t caught for a week and it sure looks it.
UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: Good news, the Yankees won’t get no-hit tonight as A-Rod singled to center. But the odds of being held under three runs again seem high. Joe Girardi’s explanation for the offense before the game? “It just happens sometimes.”
UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: That makes sense, take the bat out of A-Rod’s hands. Abreu is 12 of 18 on SBs. That’s not good enough to risk throwing away an out.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: This has become an embarrassing game for the Yankees, who have hit four balls out of the infield, not come close to scoring and made a series of mistakes defensively.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Joba’s line: 6.2 7 3 3 0 9. If Wilson Betemit didn’t have an anvil for a glove, it might have been only two runs.