Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Chad Huffman RF
Brett Gardner LF
LHP Andy Pettitte (9-2, 2.72)
Pettitte vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (41-40)
Nick Green DH
Alex Gonzalez SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
John Buck C
Aaron Hill 2B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
John McDonald LF
LHP Ricky Romero (6-4, 2.83)
Romero vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Dale Scott, 2B Jerry Meals, 3B Mark Wegner
WEATHER: Might be even better than yesterday. Maybe a little warmer. Nothing but blue overhead.
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: Last time Andy Pettitte and Ricky Romero matched up against one another was June 5 in Toronto when both lefties allowed two runs, Pettitte going 7.2 innings and Romero lasting 8. That was the 14-inning game when Chad Gaudin gave up the game-winner.
BIRTHDAY BOY: One day before George Steinbrenner turns 80, Brian Cashman turned 43 today.
THE FEWER THE BETTER: Good thing the Yankees gave up all those extra runs in the 11th inning yesterday, otherwise a rather obscure streak might have ended. The Yankees have a 46-game winning streak when allowing three runs or fewer at home. The last time they lost such a game was last June against Washington. It’s the longest such franchise streak since 1995-96 and the longest in the majors since Boston won 49-such games from 2003 to 2005. This is all according to Elias.
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Jose Bautista goes deep in the first inning, a two-run shot for a quick 2-0 lead. But it was probably Chad Huffman’s fault somehow.
UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Off the bat, I thought Huffman had no chance of catching that ball. Nice play in right field, putting Pettitte one out away from finally ending a rocky first inning.
UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: Derek Jeters leads off with a walk, but the Yankees leave him stranded at second.
UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: Three strikeouts through two innings for Romero. The guy can pitch, no doubt. Pettitte opened the third inning with his first K and has now retired six straight.
UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: No outs. Bases loaded. Middle of the order coming to the plate. This time Mark Teixeira comes through with a game-tying, two-run double. Now it’s up to Rodriguez, Cano and Posada — the three guys who couldn’t get the big hit yesterday.
UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: Wasn’t much, but it did the job. Rodriguez grounded just under the pitcher’s glove for an RBI ground out. Yankees have a 3-2 lead.
UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: And now an RBI single from Cano.
UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Just announced by the Yankees: To celebrate George Steinbrenner’s birthday, the seven World Series trophies won under his watch will be displayed on the 200 level of Yankee Stadium tomorrow, just outside the Yankees Museum near the right-field corner.
UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: Brett Gardner’s fourth home run of the season is a two-out, foul-count grand slam to right. It’s an 8-2 Yankees lead in the third.
UPDATE, 2:240 p.m.: This is John McDonald’s sixth career game in left field. He played nothing but infield throughout the minors, got four games in left last season and played one previous game there this year. He just lost a fly ball and gave the Yankees three more runs.
UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: Eleven runs in an inning ties a franchise high for the Yankees. They also scored 11 in the seventh inning on August 6, 1979.
UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: I must have misheard the Yankees previous announcement. That 11-run inning wasn’t a franchise high after all. My bad.
UPDATE, 3:28 p.m.: Here’s Dustin Moseley’s Yankee debut.
UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Russo in to play third base, Pena playing shortstop. The changes are straight up.
UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: Jorge Posada is at first base, Colin Curtis is in left, Brett Gardner has moved to center and Francisco Cervelli is behind the plate. I assumed Chad Huffman would move to first and Curtis would play right, but it does seem more fun to throw Posada out there.