Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (8-4, 4.38).
BLUE JAYS (59-74)
Pitching: RHP Roy Halladay (13-8, 3.13).
TIME/TV: 7:07, YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have won seven straight, eight of nine, 24 of 30, 35 of 46 and 48 of 64. But people will still complain about the lineup today, you watch.
TORONTO TALE: The Yankees are 10-3 against the Blue Jays this season, winning six of the last seven meetings. Toronto has lost four straight and 15 of 19.
POWER PACKED: The Yankees have seven players with 20+ home runs, the most since the 2005 Rangers. The Yankees also have seven players with 70+ RBI. The lone holdout is Derek Jeter, who has 17 homers and 61 RBI.
NO BULL: Yankee relievers have allowed three earned runs and struck out 24 in their last 23.2 innings.
JOBAMANIA: Joba Chamberlain will pitch three or four innings today, part of the Joba Innings Restriction Plan. The JIRP calls for Chamberlain to be built back up before the postseason.
The Yankees could use a Joba Pitches Like He Used To Plan. The right-hander has allowed 21 earned runs on 31 hits and 15 walks in his last 23 innings.
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL THIS TIME? Damaso Marte has thrown 4.1 scoreless innings and not allowed a hit since returning from the disabled list. I checked yesterday, it actually is Damaso Marte.
THE JETER METER: The Captain is nine hits away from breaking Lou Gehrig’s franchise record of 2,721 hits. Jeter is 3 of his last 17, however.
A-ROD ADVANCES: Alex Rodriguez has a 12-game hit streak and is 20 of 47 in that stretch, drawing eight walks and driving in 12 runs. His batting average has climbed to a season-best .276.
CONGRATS TO SCRANTON: The Triple-A Yankees clinched a tie for their fourth-straight International League North Division title yesterday. They open the playoffs on Sept. 9. The Yankees won the league title last season.
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Back with more later.
UPDATE 4:25 p.m.: No lineup yet. … No bullpen for Mo today, either. He said he feels good however.
UPDATE, 4:32 p.m.: We have a lineup. Joe Girardi wins again!
UPDATE, 5:28 p.m.: Mariano will throw a bullpen tomorrow. If that goes well, he’ll be available on Sunday.
UPDATE, 5:47 p.m.: Girardi said it was a regular day off for Jeter, although he did jam his right pinky yesterday. The fact that the lineup was posted so late and not until after all the players arrived leads me to wonder how “regular” that day off was, but Girardi said Jeter would play tomorrow.
Here is Girardi’s pre-game:
UPDATE, 5:54 p.m.: Two enjoyable things at the Rogers Centre right now: They’re playing Hungry Heart on the PA system and Nick Swisher is trying to play shortstop during batting practice. He is taking grounders from Tony Pena and gets roughly half of them to first base.
UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: Now they’re playing Billy Joel. Shouldn’t they be playing Rush, Nickleback and Arcade Fire in Canada? Maybe Bruce and Billy are in honor of the Yankees. I’m not complaining.
UPDATE, 7:08 p.m.: We are underway here at the Rogers Centre. Beautiful night (71 degrees, no wind) and the Blue Jays are wearing their powder blue throwbacks. Enjoy the game, everybody.
UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: That ball carried, but Hinske needs to make that play. Shades of Bobby Abreu there.
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: It might be easy to limit Joba’s innings tonight if he continues to throw pitches that are screaming “hit me” as they approach the plate.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: 2-0 Toronto, threatening for more and Halladay looked good in the first. Hope you didn’t bet your house on the win streak continuing.
UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: Joba needed 29 pitches to get through that inning. He was supposed to get four tonight. It could well be three, assuming he even gets that far.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: Halladay perfect through two and has three strikeouts. It doesn’t hurt that umpire Jeff Nelson has the Lt. Frank Drebbin strike zone.
UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: Nine up and nine down for Halladay. Not a ball out of the infield, either. It appears he has reverted to form.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: Joba has put eight runners on base and doesn’t have an out in the third inning.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Is that it for Joba? His line:
2 earned runs
1 hit batter
Mark Melancon was up in the last inning.
UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Melancon for Joba after another cruddy performance.
Last six starts: 26 innings, 27 hits, 23 earned runs, 17 walks, 20 strikeouts. Betcha anything both he and Joe Girardi will say it’s just fine.
That’s an ERA of 7.96, however. He has been bad for a month now and only apologists will say otherwise.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Halladay takes his perfect game into the fifth inning. My money is on Posada to break it up with a single.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Well, perfect game over as Posada walks. There was no reaction from the crowd whatsoever.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Perfecto gone, no-hitter intact for Halladay through five. This is the best he has pitched in weeks.
UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: If Melancon comes up and in on somebody else, we could get some action. The Yankees have hit 62 batters this season, the most in the majors. It’s not a coincidence, either. Dave Eiland wants his pitchers to make hitters shuffle their feet. That is fine, but eventually some team is going to react.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: Yanks are only down 4-0. But it seems like a lot with how Doc Halladay is pitching.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Ramiro Pena breaks up the no-hitter with a double to right.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Yankees are one swing away from getting right back in this game. Halladay did give up six jacks in his last two starts against the Yankees, after all.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Alex with the bases loaded and two outs. This could be their best shot of the night.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Nope. Jays 4-0.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Mike Dunn making his debut here in the seventh. Now we can see that fastball the organization is so excited about.