Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Javier Vazquez (4-5, 6.06)
Career vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (33-24)
Fred Lewis LF
Aaron Hill 2B
Adam Lind DH
Vernon Wells CF
Jose Bautista 3B
Alex Gonzalez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jeremy Reed RF
Jose Molina C
RHP Brandon Morrow (4-4, 6.00)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:07 p.m. / YES Network and TBS
UMPIRES: HP Bruce Dreckman, 1B Paul Emmel, 2B Bill Hohn, 3B Gary Darling
WEATHER: It’s a little bit rainy outside — and kind of chilly — so the roof is closed again. This place is a lot better with the roof open.
STADIUM SLUGFEST: I was a little surprised at just how many Yankees were talking about last night’s Stadium Slugfest at Yankee Stadium. Miguel Cotta beat Yuri Foreman with a ninth-round TKO, and a lot of players watched at least part of it. CC Sabathia and Dave Robertson talked about it for quite a while.
“I just really wanted to see what it looked like,” Girardi said. “I actually would have liked to have seen the setup in person. When we play, everything is all lit up and you can see everything. The sense that I got was that everything was out in the right field area, but I didn’t have a total perception of what it was like.”
On the right is an AP shot of the setup.
A LITTLE EXTRA: Yesterday’s game was only the Yankees second extra-inning game of the season and it snapped a streak of five consecutive extra-inning wins dating back to last season. According to ESPN, the last time the Yankees lost a game of 14 innings or more was July 11, 1993 in Anaheim.
THE POWER OF THREE: One other note about last night’s game, it was only the Yankees second loss in which they allowed three runs or fewer this season. They are 30-2 in those games.
UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: Well that didn’t work out. An infield single got away from the shortstop and third baseman, and Alex Rodriguez realized too late that he had an opportunity to get to second. By the time he made the turn and decided to go for it, the Blue Jays had time to make the play.
UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: That pitch to Swisher looked inside, and Swish was not pleased by the strike three call. He and Jeter both struck out to strand Gardner — who tripled — at third.
UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: Very nice pitch to strikeout Adam Lind here in the third. Vazquez walked the lead-off hitter — Jose Molina or all people — but got a strikeout, a near double play and another strikeout to strand the runner. We’re through three scoreless. Vazquez and Morrow both look awfully good.
UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: Foul popup, strikeout, strikeout. Vazquez just breezed through the most dangerous part of the Blue Jays lineup. Still scoreless heading into the fifth.
UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: The changeup has been a huge pitch for Vazquez. He’s through five innings scoreless. The Yankees just need some runs at this point.
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Obviously the home runs stand out about this Blue Jays team, but this rotation is pretty good. Brett Cecil and Ricky Romero looked great the past two days, Brandon Morrow looks outstanding today — especially his slider — and the Yankees haven’t even seen Shaun Marcum.
UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: One of the other writers up here called it. Home run by Vernon Wells breaks up the no-hitter and gives the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth.
UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: Teixeira has hit two balls pretty well today but has an 0-for-3 to show for it. Nice play by Alex Gonzalez to get Teixeira out leading off the seventh.
UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: Six trips to the plate with a runner in scoring position, the Yankees have to so much as put the ball in play. Five strikeouts and a walk. Needless to say, the Blue Jays still lead 2-0.
UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Cervelli really seems to get drilled a lot. He was just smoked by a fastball to the shoulder, and that’s Morrow’s last pitch of the game. He came off the field to a much deserved ovation. Here’s Scott Downs out of the bullpen with a 2-0 lead, no outs and a runner at first.
UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Now Gardner gets hit. Sudden command issues have given the Yankees a chance here in the eighth.
UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: Jeter comes through with an RBI double to right. Cervelli scored and Gardner moved to third. Time for the heart of this order to make up for yesterday. It’s 2-1 Toronto.
UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: Someone getting thrown out of this game was just a matter of time. Girardi gets run for arguing after Swisher struck out looking.
UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: Apparently Girardi isn’t the only person who believes Teixeira is still a threat. The Blue Jays just walked Tex to setup the double play and face Rodriguez with the bases loaded. History has shown that to be a terrible, terrible idea.
UPDATE, 3:33 p.m.: Wild pitch has tied the game at 2. Rodriguez told Gardner to stay at third, but I’m guessing A-Rod forgot who was on base.
UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: Big two-run, two-out base hit from Cano puts the Yankees in front 4-2.
UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: Cervelli leaves the bases loaded, but the Yankees have taken a 4-2 lead and are turning the game over to Joba Chamberlain in the eighth.
UPDATE, 3:52 p.m.: I have no idea what happened. Rivera came in, then the umpires talked, then Marte came in. Either Tony Pena signaled for the wrong pitcher or the Yankees sent the wrong pitcher from the bullpen.
UPDATE, 4:05 p.m.: Marte got the last out in the eighth, now here comes Rivera to close it out in the ninth. It’s a 4-3 lead.
UPDATE, 4:08 p.m.: Interesting. Ramiro Pena is in to play third.
UPDATE, 4:09 p.m.: I’ve said it before, it’s a lot of fun watching Pena play the field. Not the easiest hop in the world, and Pena turned it into the first out of the inning.