A.J. Burnett has allowed no runs in three of his last five starts. Let’s see what he can do against his former team.
Update, 7:14: Good start for Burnett — 1-2-3 first inning.
Update, 7:20: That’s No. 21 for Nick Swisher – 2-0, already.
Update, 7:21: A-Rod time, against Brandon Morrow. It’s been 38 at-bats and 43 plate appearances since No. 599.
Update, 7:23: Make that 39 at-bats and 44 plate appearances. Grounder to short. Rodriguez is 1 for 14 and 3 for his last 26.
Update, 7:29: That wasn’t a shot by Vernon Wells, but it was sliced perfectly down the right-field line for a solo homer here in the second. That’s No. 21 for him, too.
Update, 8:08: This wait for 600 stretches on. Strike three swinging here to end the third. Must be tough trying to hit a 96 mph fastball with all those flash bulbs going off around you, too. But with just 16 homers by A-Rod this year, it’s more than the flashes.
Update, 8:28: There goes the lead. Burnett grooved that 93 mph fastball and Edwin Encarnacion hit it a long way to left, 3-2 Jays in the fifth.
Update, 8:35: That was a nice throw by A-Rod to cut down the runner at the plate on the grounder wide of third. But it didn’t matter because the bad A.J. has shown up here. Jose Bautista followed with the two-run double to left and Vernon Wells doubled him in. So it’s a five-run inning and a 6-2 Toronto advantage. Sergio Mitre is warming up.
Update, 8:46: Girardi may have stayed too long with Burnett. Now he’s done. Six runs are in and it’s 7-2 after that Aaron Hill double with two outs.
Update, 8:49: These Jays are making my scoreboard a mess. The 11th batter is now up after Mitre was greeted with an RBI double by Travis Snider.
Update, 8:53: That seven-run rally marked the biggest inning against the Yankees since May 29 when Cleveland also had a seven-run inning.
Update, 8:59: Mark Teixeira took back the team home-run lead with the two-run shot to the right-field seats, his 22nd. Now A-Rod comes up.
Update, 9:02: K swinging. Rodriguez said the other day it could be a while before No. 600 the way he has been swinging.
Update, 9:12: The Jays’ six doubles in the fifth tied the all-time AL record. It was only the third time in league history that it had been done.
Update, 9:19: Lance Berkman has his first RBI as a Yankee, and it’s 8-5. Now Morrow is finished. Lefty Scott Downs is on. Curtis Granderson hasn’t inspired much faith against lefties. Girardi has Marcus Thames pinch hitting for him.
Update, 9:22: Thames’ single looked like it got Downs in the right foot. But he’s staying in.
Update, 9:46: That’s 0 for 4 for A-Rod after that grounder to third. Boone Logan is coming on to open the eighth.
Update, 10:17: With two on and two outs in the eighth, David Purcey is coming on to pitch with the potential tying run at bat. Austin Kearns will pinch hit for Brett Gardner.