Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (8-6, 4.51).
BLUE JAYS (51-54)
Pitching: RHP Roy Halladay (11-4, 2.68).
TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m./YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees are 3-4 on a road trip that ends tomorrow. They lead the Red Sox by a half-game in the AL East. The Yankees have lost three of four, four of six and five of the last nine.
JAYS DAYS: The Yankees are 5-2 against the Blue Jays this season.
NO HALLADAY: Roy Halladay — still a Blue Jay — is 16-5 with a 2.90 ERA against the Yankees in his career. He is 8-0, 2.10 in his last 10 starts against the Yankees. He is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA against them in two starts this season. Halladay took a no-decision on July 4 in the Bronx when he allowed five runs on nine hits over seven innings including home runs by Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada.
ANDY DANDY IN CANADA: Pettitte is 13-5, 3.95 at the Rogers Centre in 19 career starts. He is 1-1, 5.25 against the Jays this season. Pettitte has a has a 2.70 ERA in three starts since the All-Star break. Over 20 innings he has allowed only 16 hits and three walks while striking out 23.
MAGNIFICENT MARIANO: Mariano Rivera allowed a run on June 12. Here’s his line since: 18 appearances, 18 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 18 strikeouts. Opponents have hit .086 against him with a .131 on-base percentage. The Yankees are 18-0 in those games.
HUGHES COMES UP HUGE: Phil Hughes has a 0.95 ERA in 20 relief appearances and has whiffed 34 in 28.1 innings.
RISP ON THE ROAD TRIP: The Yankees are 18 of 77 (.233) with runners in scoring position on the road trip.
MELKY IS THE MAN: Melky Cabrera is 15 of 35 in his last 11 games with 10 extra-base hits, five RBI, six walks and only two strikeouts.
SWISHER SAFELY: Nick Swisher has hit safely in seven of the last eight games at 9 of 29 (.310) with five extra-base hits. He has raised his batting average from .233 to .241.
MILESTONE WATCH: Derek Jeter is six stolen bases away from 300. Only 154 players have 300.
PUTRID PITCHING: The Yankees haven’t chucked it too well in the last three games: 25 innings, 41 hits, 29 earned runs, 13 walks, 20 strikeouts.
ACE NO MORE: Alfredo Aceves has allowed 10 earned runs in his last 8.1 innings. He has only two appearances since July 21.
MELANCON COULD MATTER: Mark Melancon has not allowed a run in his last 4.1 innings.
ONE-RUN REPORT: The Yankees are 15-12 in one-run games, 4-6 in the last 10.
TOUGH DOWN THE STRETCH: Joe Girardi has handled his bullpen well over the last two seasons. The Yankees are 110-5 when leading after six innings, 120-5 when leading after seven and 129-1 when leading after eight innings.
DROUGHT: Alex Rodriguez has gone 53 at-bats since his last home run.
THE TORONTO TERROR: A-Rod has hit .303 with 31 homers in his career at the Rogers Centre.
GREATEST YANKEE EVER: Jerry Hairston Jr. is 3 for 6 with two RBI, a walk, a run scored and a sacrifice in two games as a Yankee.
POSADA PLUNGES: Jorge Posada is 3 for 23 on the road trip with one extra-base hit and two RBI.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 5:51 p.m.: Not much new to report. Damaso Marte pitched 0.2 innings against Pawtucket today, walking one and striking out two He has now made eight appearances in the minors. The Yankees can leave him on rehab for a month.
Numbers vs. Halladay for the lineup:
Swisher is 2-14, hence he sits.
UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game with the writers and Kim Jones:
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: We’re underway in Toronto. Johnny Damon, as he always seems to, had a single against Halladay.
Small crowd here.
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Tremendous break for the Yankees there. Halladay dropped the throw from Millar and an alert A-Rod scored on on the play as his slide dislodged the ball from Barajas.
The error was given to Millar, which I’m not sure I understand. The ball was in Halladay’s glove. Nonetheless, Yankees 2-0.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Still 2-0 but the Yankees are hitting Halladay hard. Even some of the outs have been rockets.
UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: Halladay has reverted back into his nasty self. He has retired the last seven batters in order. Yankees 2-1 in a speedy game.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Andy has gotten away with a few tonight. I have five line-drive outs recorded in my scorebook. Terrific game between two guys who really know how to pitch.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Wow, Phil Hughes is filthy. 96, 97 then a hook that froze Jose Bautista like Ted Williams.
Pettitte’s last 26.2 innings: 7 ER and 29 K. He has his swerve on.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Johnny Damon owns Roy Halladay. Wow. He’s 32 of 90 with three homers.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: And Tex goes back to back. Huge runs for the Yankees, who now lead 4-1.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Those really were huge runs as Hughes and Rivera have allowed two runs here in the eighth inning. It’s 4-3 Yankees and Mo needs to escape a jam here.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: Mo squirms out of it. They’ll take at least a one-run lead into the bottom of the ninth. Encarnacion, Chavez and Bautista due up for the Jays.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Nice win for the Yankees, who are 4-4 on the trip with one game left. Mariano Rivera has converted 100 of his last 103 save chances going back to 2007. That’s pretty ridiculous.
The Yankees walked the edge in this one, didn’t they? Back with reaction from the clubhouse.