Pitching: RHP Sergio Mitre (3-2, 7.02).
BLUE JAYS (65-79)
Pitching: RHP Roy Halladay (14-9, 3.03).
STATE OF THE STRIPES: The Yankees start the day with a 7.5 game lead on Boston in the AL East and a six-game lead for best record in the American League, which brings with it home field advantage. The magic number is 12. The Angels play at Fenway park tonight.
NO HALLADAY: THE Yankees faced Roy Halladay in Toronto on Sept. 4. He threw a one-hit shutout with three walks and nine strikeouts. The lone hit was a double by Ramiro Pena in the sixth inning.
SURGE OF RUNS FOR SERGE: Mitre face the Jays on Sept. 6 and allowed 11 runs (nine earned) on 11 hits in 4.1 innings. He was victimized by some poor defense.
This note directly from the Yankees:
GO SPEEDRACER, GO: Brett Gardner has stolen 21 bases in 26 attempts this season. Over the last 50 years (since 1960), only three other Yankees rookies have stolen at least 21 bases in a season – Alfonso Soriano (43 in 2001), Willie Randolph (37in 1976) and Jerry Kenney (25 in 1969). Gardner has been successful in 34 of his first 40 career attempts.
ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine) by Bob Dylan from Blonde on Blonde.
Back with more later on. Not much new in the way of notes lately.
UPDATE, 4:05 p.m.: Pettitte being skipped until Monday because of shoulder fatigue. Gaudin starts tomorrow.
UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: Girardi said it’s not serious. They believe this extended rest will “knock it out.”
UPDATE, 5:07 p.m.: Here is Pettitte discussing his shoulder:
Pettitte said the ache in his shoulder contributed to his poor start on Friday when he lasted only five innings and walked three. But he threw a bullpen yesterday and it felt fine.
He will not throw again until Friday. So he’ll have nine days between starts and two days completely off. That should help.
UPDATE, 7:09 p.m.: We are underway. Another terrific night for baseball. … And before I can finish the sentence, Mitre gives up a hit. You get the feeling this could be a long night for the pinstripes?
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Mitre works out of the first inning and looked good doing so. Now the Yankees have something cooking on Halladay.
UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Mitre motors through the second. But the Yankees wasted a chance in the first inning against Halladay.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Gritty! Gutty! 1-0 Yankees. Brett Gardner doing his thing. Yankees need to maximize this inning now. One is not remotely enough.
UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Not bad. But the Yankees could have milked another run or two out of that opportunity. Still, that’s two more runs than they had against Halladay the last time.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: So much for that as Mitre walks Bautista and gives up a majestic blast to Snider. All tied up at 2-2.
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Still think there is no problem with right field? Because that is an out in 29 other ballparks. Jays lead 3-2.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Yankees try it again with Halladay.
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Alex has been much more spry in the field in recent weeks. But he still isn’t running nearly as well as he did before the surgery. That appears to be the last thing that will come back, assuming it does.
Good send by Thomson. You need to push the issue against a pitcher like Halladay.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: Bombs Away Mitre does it again as Encarnacion goes deep. Three homers for the Jays in four innings and a 4-2 lead. It’ll be tough for Girardi to claim that old Serge threw the ball well this time.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: I detect a trend as Snider goes deep again. It’s souvenir ball night here at the ballpark.
Brett Tomko is having a good chuckle.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: The Yankees have 10 hits and a walk against Roy Halladay in five innings and trail 4-2. Be interesting to see Roy twirl the complete game 17-hitter.
Meanwhile, Mitre continues to give up runs as the Jays lead 6-2. The crowd is letting him have it, too.
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Edwar Ramirez in as Girardi goes to the white flag bullpen guys.
UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: Ramirez, Melancon and Dunn are basically the no-chance bullpen at this point. They only pitch in games that are way out of hand either way. This has become a rather tedious game as the Yankees trail 8-2. Back later with any postgame news.
UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: A jagged piece of Matsui’s bat just flew into the seats behind the dugout. It looked like a spear. Thankfully nobody was injured. … Now Carlson just threw behind Posada in retaliation for Melancon hitting Aaron Hill in the back.
UPDATE, 10:19 p.m.: We have a brawl as Sonny Corleone Posada threw an elbow at Carlson after he scored and was ejected. Then the brawl started. Shelley Duncan, a good man to have on your side in such affairs, was right in the middle of it. Of course.
UPDATE, 10:2e p.m.: Posada is flat-out wrong there. You can’t throw an elbow like that and expect to get away with it. Carlson threw behind him after Melancon hit Hill, Toronto’s star player. That’s how it works in baseball.
You can expect Posada to get suspended for a few games.
UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: Posada and Carlson were ejected.
UPDATE, 10:48 p.m.: Baseball is great. Tex didn’t have a triple for two years and now he has two in as many nights. Go figure.