A. Rodriguez 3B
Notes: The Yankees are 8-14 in their last 22 games. … Toronto can move into a tie for third place in the division with a victory. … The Yankees are 3-9 in their last 12 road games, getting outscored 70-45. …
ROOKIE LEFTY: David Purcey will be making his seventh start in the majors. The 26-year-old was a first-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2004, No. 16 overall. The Yankees drafted him in 17th round in 2003 and didn’t sign.
2,500 ON THE HORIZON: Derek Jeter has 2,495 career hits.
JOHNNY B BAD: Johnny Damon has one hit in his last 21 at-bats. His batting average has fallen from .325 to .311.
HANGING IN THERE: Bobby Abreu is 6 of his last 16 with three RBI.
THEY MEET AGAIN: Pettitte will be starting against Toronto for the 34th time in his career. He is 16-10, 4.10. The big lefty is 11-5, 4.22 at the Rogers Centre.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: For the first time in months, Girardi did not reconfigure the lineup to face a left-hander. “Our lefties have hit lefties,” he said.
Kim Jones asked him whether this would be the lineup for the rest of the season.
“We will try,” Girardi said.
Girardi claims his newfound lineup consistency is due to “having all our guys.” But he had been sitting Giambi against lefties all season and was doing the same with Matsui when he was healthy.
UPDATE, 6:52 p.m.: Brian Cashman said Carl Pavano is “fine” and still in the mix for Saturday.
UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: Wow, Giambi drove in a run against a lefty. 2-0 lead for Pettitte.
UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: That’s 203 home runs for Derek Jeter. He passes Bill Dickey on the franchise list and is now tied with Roger Maris for 11th place. He’s 3 for 3 and has 2,498 hits.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Meanwhile, Pettitte is throwing a one-hitter and has gotten eight groundouts. It’s his tribute to Chien-Ming Wang.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Why is Giambi wearing yellow sunglasses? Meanwhile, Hideki Matsui just doubled and ran to second like Fred G. Sanford.
That’s an old TV reference for you kids. Google it.