Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (2-1, 3.82).
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Pitching: RHP Scott Richmond (4-1, 3.29).
TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m., YES.
STREAKING THE WRONG WAY: The Yankees have lost 7 of 9 and 11 of 17.
EASTERN INFLUENCES: The Yankees are 5-12 against division foes.
DAMONIC: Johnny Damon is 15 of 33 with 15 RBI and 10 extra-base hits. He has at least one exra-base hit in eight straight games.
RAMIRO WANTS TO STAY: Rookie infielder Ramiro Pena has 11 hits in his last 33 ABs.
MAKE A PLAY: The Yankees are 2-13 when they make an error.
RUN TROUBLES: The Yankees have been outscored by 25 runs this season. Only four teams in baseball have a worse run differenttial: San Diego (-42), Washington (-35), Arizona (-32) and Baltimore (-26).
PETTITTE POWER: Andy is 17-11, 4.19 in 35 career starts against Toronto, 12-5, 4.04 in the Rogers Centre.
SWING AND A SWISH: Nick Swisher is 3 for 25 with 14 strikeouts.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 3:58 p.m.: No lineup yet. They’re waiting on Jeter.
UPDATE, 4:48 p.m.: Jeter has not swung a bat since Sunday. He hopes to play tomorrow. … Bruney threw off the mound just now, all fastballs. He felt fine. He’ll repeat that Friday.
UPDATE, 6:06 p.m.: There is an ear-splitting alarm going off in the Rogers Centre and has been for the last 15 minutes. They’re investigating an emergency. Meanwhile, the Yankees are taking BP.
Injury updates: Phil Coke’s back “locked up on him” yesterday and he is out today. … Girardi said that Jeter is available for defense, which is like me being available for the 100-yard dash. … Matsui could pinch hit. … Wang’s next start will be in the minors, Girardi did not know where.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are sending out a lineup that looks about right for a game on March 17 in Dunedin, not May 13 in Toronto. What a mess.
UPDATE, 6:26 p.m.: U.S. Olympic sprinter Lolo Jones was on the field for batting practice. You might remember she was leading the 100 hurdles in Beijing when she clipped a hurdle and finished seventh. Anyway, she’s a very attractive woman and the players were falling over themselves to say hello to her.
UPDATE, 6:44 p.m.: Chien-Ming Wang’s next start will be Sunday for Scranton against Columbus. Girardi said they were impressed with his slider last night but want to see more consistency from his sinker.
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: An inauspicious start for the Yankees as they leave two runners on base,
Swisher has fanned 15 times in his last 26 at-bats.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: Bad, bad decision by Cano. Meanwhile, the Yankees are 2-13 when they make an error.
UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Melky stayed hot with a double then Brett Gardner hit a home run, the first of his career. He now has one more than David Ortiz this season.
UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: Damon has had an extra-base hit in nine straight games. We’re trying to figure out the last player to have done that.
UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: Wow, five extra-base hits in this inning and a 4-1 lead. It’s an offensive explosion for the Yankees given their recent woes. Now Pettitte needs to stop walking guys and give them seven innings.
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Take your time with that oblique, Derek. Can’t take any chances. Ramiro has SS covered just fine. Just fine.
What a catch.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Damon is 17 of 36 with 12 extra-base hits.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Brett Gardner, halfway to the cycle.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Yankees have three triples in a game for the first time since April 5, 2003 when Bernie Williams, Alfonso Soriano and Raul Mondesi each had one at Tampa Bay.
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Nice work by Pettitte, who allowed one earned run. Those four walks cost him another inning, however.
I’d like to point out that Angel Berroa warmed up the pitcher while Cervelli was getting his gear on. Maybe that is why he is still on the roster. He was using a mitt he got from Bill Dickey.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Nice work by Aceves. Now Albaladejo will get some work in.
UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: It’s 8-2 and Albaladejo walks two of the first three batters he faces. Fantastic.
A few notes: The eight extra-base hits were the most this season for the Yankees. … Swisher is 3 for 30 with 16 K’s. … Check later for a wrap-up.