Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (12-6, 4.03).
BLUE JAYS (60-74)
Pitching: LHP Brett Cecil (6-3, 5.42).
TIME/TV: 1:07, YES.
STATE OF THE STRIPES: The Yankees have won seven of their last eight and are 4-1 on a road trip that has two games left. They are still 7.5 games ahead of Boston in the AL East but their lead on Los Angeles for home-field advantage was clipped to six games last night.
DEREK’S BACK: Derek Jeter got a day off yesterday and is expected back today. He is in a little 3-for-17 slump. Jeter needs nine hits to break Lou Gehrig’s record for the most hits in franchise history, so that will likely come at home next week.
PETTITTE’S POWER: Andy Pettitte is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA since the All-Star break. In 59.2 innings, he has allowed 45 hits and struck out 62.
That’s it for now. Back with more later on.
UPDATE, 11:15 a.m.: Just watched Mo throw 16 pitches in the pen. Looked good to me.
UPDATE, 11:19 a.m.: RHP Josh Towers called up.
UPDATE, 11:27 p.m.: Kevin Cash was released to make room on the 40-man roster.
UPDATE, 12:05 p.m.: CC will start Game 1 on Monday and Burnett Game 2.
UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: We’re underway in Toronto. Another great day, too. This road trip has featured perfect weather. If you hear any planes roaring overhead during the broadcast, they’re part of the air show in Toronto this weekend.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Robbie Cano flashes some leather there. He has had a terrific year in the field for the most part.
UPDATE, 1;27 p.m.: Millar comes out to Sing For The Moment by Eninem. Pretty good choice. Meanwhile, Andy Pettitte whiffs two in the first inning. He has fanned 64 in his last 60.2 innings. What a career rebirth for him.
UPDATE, 1:14 p.m: Yankees strike first as Melky raps an RBI single into center. Yanks 55-16 when they score first.
UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Yankees 1-6 with RISP in two innings. Cecil is lucky it’s only 1-0. Meanwhile, the jets overhead for the air show are pretty cool to watch.
UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: That is not a home run, I don’t think.
UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: Yep, foul ball. Now the crowd will really boo when Andy strikes Ruiz out.
UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Poor Randy Ruiz. From home run to 5-3. Doesn’t Randy Ruiz sound like the name of a wrestling opponent? And taking on George “The Animal” Steele … from the Bronx, New York … Randy Ruiz!
UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: That one counts for Randy Ruiz. Yankees 2-1.
Yanks are 1 for 7 with RISP. How much longer can Cecil walk the tightrope?
UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: Quick throw by Cano and a nimble play by Posada save the run. Now it’s 2-2.
UPDATE, 3:08 p.m.: Bad play all around there. Pettitte had an easy out at first but Posada yelled “second” and Jeter wasn’t there. Now the Jays have something cooking with the heart of their order up. Yankees try and hold a 3-2 lead.
UPDATE, 3:29 p.m.: Yankees had been 1 for 10 with RISP before Clutch-Rod delivered an RBI single.
UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: And Posada makes it 5-2 with an RBI single. 24 RBI in the his last 22 games.
UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Sloppy play there as Toronto scores two runs. … Gardner would have caught that ball in the first place, by the way.
UPDATE, 4:01 p.m.: More good relief work from Robertson as he shakes off the leadoff walk.
UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: Slick double-play by the Jays to stay within a run. Yankees are 3-14 with RISP today and have left 12 men on base. Between that and the poor defense, they’ve made this game closer than it should be.
UPDATE, 4:19 p.m.: How is it that Dave Robertson is the 7th inning guy and Brian Bruney is the 8th inning guy? That should be reversed based on their performance this season, no?
UPDATE, 4:27 p.m.: Bruney walks Bautista and Joe Girardi is not going to screw around. Here comes Hughes with two outs.
UPDATE, 4:27 p.m.: The last 10 outings for Hughes: 10 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 14 strikeouts.
UPDATE, 4:31 p.m.: Hughes with high heat (94) to end the inning.
UPDATE, 4:55 p.m.: Yankees have left 14 runners on base and are 5 of 19 with RISP. But they are three outs away from a win.
UPDATE, 4:59 p.m.: A four-out save for Phil Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuughes as the Yankees win an ugly game 6-4.
That’s a 1.11 relief ERA for the young man. Back later with reaction.