Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Marcus Thames LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Chad Moeller C
RHP A.J. Burnett (6-2, 3.28)
Career vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (31-24)
Fred Lewis LF
Aaron Hill 2B
Adam Lind DH
Vernon Wells CF
Jose Bautista RF
Alex Gonzalez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
John Buck C
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
LHP Brett Cecil (5-2, 3.81)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Bill Hohn, 1B Gary Darling, 2B Bruce Dreckman, 3B Paul Emmel
OWNED: No Blue Jays hitter has more career at-bats against A.J. Burnett than Lyle Overbay. In 17 at-bats, Overbay has one hit and nine strikeouts. That’s good for a .059 average. As a whole, the current Blue Jays have a career average of .211 against Burnett.
BETTER MATCHUPS: The Yankees have had considerably more success against Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil. No current Yankee has more than six at-bats against him, but as a team the current Yankees are hitting .519 in 27 career at-bats against Cecil.
MILESTONES: Robinson Cano needs one home run to reach 100 for his career… Chad Gaudin needs 10 strikeouts to reach 500… Alex Rodriguez needs one stolen base to reach 300… Jorge Posada needs one home run to reach 250.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Bench coach Tony Pena turned 53 today.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: I think Curtis Granderson is going to be just fine. A great leaping catch at the wall robbed Adam Lind of a double here in the first inning.
UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Wouldn’t you know it, the Blue Jays just hit a home run. That was Jose Bautista’s 17th home run which — I kid you not — sets a new career high for home runs in a season. It’s June 4. Blue Jays lead 1-0.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: If not for Jose Bautista, A.J. Burnett would be pitching a pretty good game. Bautista’s second home run of the night has given the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead in the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: This is what the Blue Jays have done this season. Their rotation has pitched well and their lineup has hit a lot of home runs. A solo shot by Edwin Encarnacion has pushed their lead to 4-0, with starter Brett Cecil cruising so far.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Well, the Yankees got on the board, but they got there with Nick Swisher grounding into a double play with no outs and runners at the corners. It’s a 4-1 game.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: With Burnett laboring through the sixth inning, Sergio Mitre is up in the Yankees bullpen.