Pitching: RHP Sergio Mitre (1-0, 7.80).
BLUE JAYS (51-55)
Pitching: LHP Mark Rzepczynski (1-2, 3.25).
TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m., YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees are 4-4 on a road trip that ends tonight. They started the trip with a 2.5 game lead on Boston and they’re 1.5 games up going into tonight’s action. The Yankees have won two straight after losing three in a row.
BEATING THE BLUE JAYS: The Yankees are 6-2 against Toronto this season and have won 25 of the last 41,
OH (NO) SERGIO: Mitre has allowed nine runs on 16 hits in his last two innings. Opponents have hit .393 against him in his three starts this season.
MANAGING MO: Mariano Rivera has worked 1+ innings nine times this season including three of his last four appearances. Rivera worked more than one inning 14 times last season. In 2007, when Joe Torre was manager, Rivera worked more than one inning 13 times.
MO’S STREAK: Rivera has gone 19.1 innings without allowing a run.
PHILTHY PHIL: Phil Hughes has 37 strikeouts in 29.1 innings of relief.
WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, ALFREDO ACEVES? A BULLPEN TURNS ITS LONELY EYES TO YOU: Alfredo Aceves has pitched twice in the last 13 games. The official party line that his shoulder feels fine might be a fib. Hard to believe, I know.
WOO WOO WOO: Had to say it.
TEX MESSAGE: Mark Teixeira is 11 of 34 on the road trip with six RBI.
NO CLOWNING AROUND: A-Rod is 13 of 34 on the trip with five RBI. He has gone 57 at-bats without a home run, however. The Killebrew Kurse is a strong one.
BREAK DANCE: The Yankees are 13-5 since the All-Star break. Only the Angels (14-4) have been better in the AL.
ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Lonely Teardrops by the great Jackie Wilson.
Back later with more.
UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: Ransom DFA’d.
UPDATE, 5:41 p.m.: Girardi said they wanted the extra pitcher for tonight to protect the bullpen. They’ll add a position player soon enough. “Could be one day,” the manager said.
UPDATE, 5:43 p.m.: There is some sad news to report. One day of Hope Week was devoted to George Murray of South New Berlin, N.Y., an ALS victim. I posted to the blog about his day at the ballpark.
Sadly, Mr. Murray passed away yesterday. He was 38.
UPDATE, 6:51 p.m.: The Yankees have signed Russ Ortiz to a minor-league deal and sent him to Scranton. He was 3-6, 5.57 for Houston.
UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: We are underway in Toronto. 75 degrees and the roof is open at the Rogers Centre. Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: It’s Sergio Mitre’s world and we’re all just living in it.
UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: Spoke too soon. The parade of hit has started. First and third, two outs for Wells.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Another single and it’s 1-0 Jays. 14.1 innings, 27 hits for Mitre.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: 28 hits and it’s 2-0. Here comes Dave Eiland. The Yankees probably can’t keep running this guy out there. These next few innings probably will decide his immediate future.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: Remember all the (justified) carping about Bobby Meacham last season? Rob Thomson is a heck of a third base coach, isn’t he? He always seems to make the right call.
Yankees tie it up 2-2. Nine more and that should be enough for Mitre.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: A-Rod has gone 59 at-bats without a home run, his longest streak as a Yankee.
UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Jose Molina loves throwing the ball behind the runner at first. Paid off that time. 2-2 into the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Melky 0 for 6 since the cycle. … Meanwhile Rirserzynksityh or however you spell his name is going to hang one of those curveballs eventually and somebody will clobber it.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Sergio Mitre leaves with the Yankees down 3-2. Better than expected, probably.
His line in four starts: 18 innings, 32 hits, 15 earned runs, 6 walks, 9 strikeouts. You can’t last long with a 2.11 WHIP in this league. Or any league.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Via the Yanks: The team will pay tribute to Muhammad Ali prior to the game tomorrow night.
Swish just tied it up with a bomb to left. I called it on Twitter an hour ago.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Impressive rally there as the Yankees send 10 men to the plate and score four runs on five hits. Nine outs to get and they’d prefer not to use Mariano. Big spot for Aceves, who should be able to give them another inning or two.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: So much for that. Ace gives up a bomb, gets an out and that’s it.
For those of you scoring at home (and congrats on that), A-Rod is now the 3B, the Yankees have given up their DH and the pitcher is in the No. 8 slot in the batting order.
UPDATE, 10:09 p.m.: That home run by Damon could save Mo. Dave Robertson out to finish it off.
Back later with reaction. Finishing the road trip with three straight wins would be huge. The Yankees left New York with a 2.5 game lead and they could return with the same if Tampa finishes off Boston. Hard to ask for more than that.