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 A.J. Burnett (6-7, 5.25)
Burnett vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (40-40)
Fred Lewis LF
Alex Gonzalez SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Adam Lind DH
Aaron Hill 2B
Lyle Overbay 1B
John Buck C
Jarrett Hoffpauir 3B
LHP Brett Cecil (7-5, 4.39)
Cecil vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Mark Wegner, 1B Dan Iassogna, 2B Dale Scott, 3B Jerry Meals
WEATHER: Hard to imagine a better day in the Bronx. Mid 70s. Sun shining. Light breeze blowing out to right.
TORONTO AGAIN: When A.J. Burnett got off to that awful month of June, it all started in Toronto. Now he’ll face his former teammates again, this time at Yankee Stadium. The current Blue Jays actually own only a .228 batting average against Burnett, but they’ve hit for power off him with a .505 team slugging percentage. That’s helped by Jose Bautista’s two home runs in two at-bats.
BOUNCING BACK: With yesterday’s win against Seattle, the Yankees are now 15-2 in games immediately following a shutout loss since the beginning of the 2008 season. They are 10-1 in their past 11 such games.
YOU’LL GET NOTHING: Speaking of shutout losses, the Yankees have been shutout four times this season, three of them in games Javier Vazquez started.
LUCKIEST MAN: In honor of the 71st anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s famous “Luckiest Man on Earth” speech, the Yankees are encouraging fans attending Sunday’s game — or watching on TV or listening on radio — to text ALS to 50555, which will send a one-time $5 donation to the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter.
UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: A couple of walks and a sac fly by Alex Rodriguez have given A.J. Burnett and the Yankees an early 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: So far so good for A.J. Burnett. He’s gone through the lineup once without walking a batter and without allowing a hard-hit ball. Fastball command seems OK so far.
UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: Of course, now Burnett has walked the first two batters of the third inning. Blame this inning on me. I should know better than to write about Burnett pitching well after two innings.
UPDATE, 2:02 p.m.: What do you know? Three straight outs got Burnett out of it and stranded the runners at second and third. Keeps the 1-0 lead intact.
UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: Double steal for the Yankees, with Jeter taking third and Swisher taking second with no outs. Swisher seemed pumped. Teixeira then walked and the bases are now loaded for the suddenly power-hitting Alex Rodriguez.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Brutal. Rodriguez and Cano struck out, Posada grounded to second and the Yankees stranded the bases loaded. Hard to pick a better set of three hitters in that situation, just didn’t get it done this time.
UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: Six scoreless innings from Burnett. Clearly Dave Eiland is a genius.
UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: That ball was either going out of the park or off the top of the wall for a double. There was no best-case scenario, there was only the hope that Gardner could get there. And he did. Great catch that might have saved the game.
UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: It took eight innings for Bad A.J. to show up. And when he did, he was dressed as Joba Chamberlain. Blue Jays have tied the game on a walk and a pair of two-out singles.
UPDATE, 4:36 p.m.: Dave Robertson tries to give the Yankees two innings of work and allows a bases-loaded single to put the Blue Jays in the lead 2-1. If Alfredo Aceves were healthy or Chan Ho Park were reliable, you have to wonder whether Robertson would possibly have been used in this situation.
UPDATE, 4:48 p.m.: Bases-loaded walk and a three-run triple. The exodus has begun. Dave Robertson’s ERA takes a beating and the Yankees are now trailing 6-1.