Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner CF
Kevin Russo LF
LHP Andy Pettitte (7-1, 2.48)
Career vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (33-24)
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 Ricky Romero (5-2, 3.14)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:07 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Gary Darling, 1B Bruce Dreckman, 2B Paul Emmel, 3B Bill Hohn
WEATHER: The roof is open, so it’s obviously a nice day here in Toronto. Plenty of sunshine pouring into the stadium.
BIG SAMPLE SIZE: Most hitter vs. pitcher numbers are fairly meaningless because of small sample size, but Vernon Wells has 46 career at-bats against Andy Pettitte. That’s quite a bit, and he’s hit .348/.400/.500 in those at-bats.
AT THE TOP: Now that Ken Griffey Jr. has retired, the Yankees have both the active hits leader (Derek Jeter) and the active home runs leader (Alex Rodriguez). According to Elias, it’s the first time a team has had the active leaders in both since the 1995 Indians with Dave Winfield (3,110 hits) and Eddie Murray (479 HR).
MINOR NEWS: Hard-hitting third baseman Brandon Laird has been named the Eastern League Player of the Month for May. He batted .339 with nine doubles, one triple, six home runs and 33 RBI. The month included a walk-off home run, a franchise record seven RBI in one game and hitting for the cycle.
UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Randy Winn has signed with the Cardinals.
UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Pettitte starts the game by striking out the side. Pretty good, eh?
UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.: Wouldn’t you know it? Another Blue Jays home run, this one by Vernon Wells, has given Toronto a 1-0 lead. Wells has a 13-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the majors.
UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: Nick Swisher doubled, but Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez left him stranded here in the third inning. It’s still a 1-0 Blue Jays lead.
UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: What a catch by Swisher. Seeing it live, without the help of a television camera, it was honestly hard to tell he had actually made the catch. Probably saved a triple, and maybe a run.
If I may… Right about now, one of my oldest friends, Megan Boyer, is getting married back home in Missouri. I texted her last night to tell her how sorry I am that I’m missing it, and I’ve been thinking about her most of the day. I couldn’t be happier for her, and I’m sure the city of Sikeston is in for a celebration like it’s never seen. Congratulations Megan!
UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Two can play this home run game. Jeter just went deep, a two-run home run to put the Yankees ahead, 2-1, in the fifth inning.
UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: Another Blue Jays home run, this one from Alex Gonzalez, has tied the game at 2. Of course, a tough luck line out and double play didn’t help in the top of the seventh. Pettitte still looks dominant.
UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: After a GIDP from Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees 3, 4 and 5 hitters are now 1-for-11 with five strikeouts this afternoon. We’re still tied at 2, and that’s a big reason why.
UPDATE, 3:12 p.m.: After back-to-back strikeouts, Pettitte is out of the game in the eighth inning, turning it over to Joba Chamberlain for at least the final out of the eighth. Pettitte was dealing, but as we mentioned earlier, Vernon Wells has a long track record of success against him. And Wells was already 1-for-2 with a walk and a home run this afternoon.
UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: Chamberlain got the Yankees through the ninth inning, striking out three and stranding two. We’re now into extra innings, with Curtis Granderson set to pinch hit for Kevin Russo.
UPDATE, 3:51 p.m.: That’s four straight strikeouts for Teixeira. Brutal day for him. We’re still tied with Damaso Marte coming in for the bottom of the 10th.
UPDATE, 3:57 p.m.: Another big time catch from Nick Swisher, this one saving Damaso Marte and getting the second out of the 10th inning. Dave Robertson is now in to face Vernon Wells with two outs and a runner at first.
UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: Robertson gets a ground ball to get the Yankees out of trouble. We’re moving on to the 11th.
UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: Since the eighth inning, John Buck has taken a foul ball to the crotch, broken a bat across his knee and very nearly won the game. He just flied out to deep, deep left field for the final out of the 11th inning. Here comes the 12th.
UPDATE, 4:20 p.m.: Brett Gardner has been on base four times today, including a one-out single here in the 12th.
UPDATE, 4:28 p.m.: Granderson smoked a ball that caught at the wall, Gardner stole second after 374 pick-off attempts, and Jeter wound up grounding out to end the inning and strand the go-ahead run. Chan Ho Park in for the bottom of the 12th.
UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.: Mark Teixeira has struck out five times in a game one other time in his career. It was in 2003, his rookie year.
UPDATE, 4:52 p.m.: The No. 3 hitters in this game have combined to go 0-for-12 with nine strikeouts.
UPDATE, 5:02 p.m.: Jorge Posada was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts before a one-out single in the 14th. Ramiro Pena has entered as a pinch runner.
UPDATE, 5:12 p.m.: Pena stole the base, but Gardner flied out to leave him stranded. And so the game continues. Chad Gaudin is now in to pitch. Assuming Sergio Mitre is not available, I’m pretty sure this will be Gaudin’s game until the Blue Jays win it or the Yankees take the lead.