A very happy birthday to Brian Cashman. C-Money is 42 today, although in George Steinbrenner years he is 67.
Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (6-4, 3.93).
BLUE JAYS (42-38)
Pitching: LHP Brian Tallet (5-5, 4.47).
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees had their seven-game win streak snapped last night. They are three games behind Boston in the AL East. Toronto is seven games back in fourth place. The Yankees are 2-1 against the Jays this season.
THEY MEET AGAIN: Burnett faced the Jays (and Roy Halladay) on May 12 at the Rogers Centre. He went 7.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with four walks and three strikeouts. He had a no-hitter for three innings before Toronto scored three runs in the fourth inning.
LONG DROUGHT: Mark Teixeira’s last home run came on June 12. He has gone 65 at-bats without one.
CANO’S GOOD: He is 16 of 26 with six extra-base hits in his last seven games at Yankee Stadium.
CANO’S BAD: He has not driven in a run in 12 games.
CANO’S HISTORY: He is 4 for 6 this month. He is a .349 career hitter in July. This from the Feinsand Sports Bureau.
LEFTY KILLER: Left-handed hitter Hideki Matsui has 11 homers this season, seven against LHPs.
RESTED AND READY: Three relievers did not work yesterday who are riding hot streaks: Mariano Rivera (9.1 2 1 1 1 12), Phil Hughes (13 5 2 2 3 16) and Phil Coke (13.1 5 1 1 3 15).
ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Oye Mi Canto by Daddy Yankee.
That’s it for now. Back with more later on.
UPDATE, 11:20 p.m.: Posada has swelling in his left thumb. It’s in the joint. The concern is if he gets hit again. He’s day to day.
UPDATE, 11:27 p.m.: A-Rod may get a day off this weekend.
UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: Party cloudy and warm as we’re set to get underway. A.J. Burnett warming up to Ladies and Gentlemen by Saliva. Good choice. Welcome to the show, indeed.
UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: First pitcher is a heater up. We’re underway. Hope you’re off work and enjoying the game.
UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: The Yankees (and every other team) will be wearing the ridiculous red stars and stripes caps all weekend. Ostensibly it’s for July 4. But in reality it’s to sell different hats.
Burnett (47) and Tallet (45) lead the AL in walks. This could be a very tedious affair.
UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: A.J. has fanned three of the first five batters he faced. No score to the bottom of the second.
UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: Cano homers, his first RBI since June 17.
UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: The continuing misadventures of Johnny Damon in left field.
UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: Two guys dressed like umpires are sitting in the front row behind the plate mimicking all the calls John Hirschbeck makes. They even have masks on.
Seriously, you have nothing better to do? And you spent $1,250 to annoy the people sitting around you?
UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: Bases clear, Cano hits ball very hard. People on base, bats are afraid.
UPDATE, 2:12 p.m: Several e-mailers now say the umpire were given their seats and invited by YES. They’re also apparently Blue Jays fans. I still don’t get it.
UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: First and second, speed on the sacks, nobody out and 2-3-4 up. Time to take the lead.
UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: Sacrifice for Damon, E-1 loads the bases for Tex.
UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: A bad call was changed and Damon was given a single.
UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: Toronto in chaos. Tallet walks in a run, passed ball scores another. 3-1 Yankees. Can Cano get a hit with men on base?
UPDATE, 2:54 p.m.: Man, Cano is brutal with men on base. Just brutal. He is 20 of 96 (.208) with RISP. Good thing he’s not hitting fifth.
UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: Wait a second, he is htting fifth. How can that be?
UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: A.J. gives one back. This could be the last inning for Tallet as he is at 87 pitches. Yankees 3-2.
UPDATE, 3:24 p.m.: Nice work by A.J. Burnett. 7 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts.
They’re playing Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran. Great song.
UPDATE, 3:33 p.m.: Phil Coke to start the eighth.
UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: Wait a second, isn’t Brian Bruney the eighth inning guy? Now it’s Coke and Hughes.
That makes perfect sense, of course. But when reporters asked about it the other day, Girardi acted like it was a stupid question because Bruney is the eighth inning guy.
Guess not. Big spot for Hughes as he’ll get Rolen and Overbay.
UPDATE, 3:47 p.m.: The Franchise gets the ball to the Sandman. Hughes: 1.31 ERA in relief.
UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: There he is again, No. 14 for Alex as he goes to right field. He now has 567 for his career. He needs two more to to tie fellow loosey-goosey slugger Rafael Palmeiro for 10th place all-time.
UPDATE, 4:02 p.m.: Here comes Mo with a 4-2 lead to face the bottom of the order. Mely in right. How about Melky in left instead?
UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: No messing around for Mo. 1-2-3. Yankees win 4-2. Another impressive game for the pitchers.