Brett Gardner LF
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ramiro Pena 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 0.00)
Nova has never faced the Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (64-59)
Fred Lewis LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Adam Lind DH
Aaron Hill 2B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Jose Molina C
RHP Brandon Morrow (9-6, 4.45)
Morrow vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Jerry Meals, 1B Mark Wegner, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Dale Scott
WEATHER: Looks like there’s a hotel blowing in from center field. The sky is so dark, it literally looks like a series of steel beams woven into a gray dome.
FIRST IN THE FIRST: Ivan Nova is not making his major league debut, but he is making his first big league start. Called up earlier this season to serve as a long man at the back of the bullpen, Nova has pitched three major league innings this season. He pitched one scoreless against the Twins and two scoreless against the Tigers.
NOT A GOOD MATCHUP: Joe Girardi did not indicate that this played into his decision to sit Derek Jeter, but it’s worth noting that Jeter is a career .188 hitter against Brandon Morrow. If Girardi had decided to give Jeter one day off in Toronto, that might have been enough to convince him today would be the day.
ANOTHER ZERO: Yesterday the Yankees got their seventh shutout of the season. That’s one away from their total from last season.
CLEANING UP: Robinson Cano as a clean-up hitter this season: .375 with 16 runs, two doubles, six home runs and 19 RBI in 12 games.
MINOR MOVES: Just got a text from Mike Ashmore: Alfredo Aceves will make his rehab start with Trenton. D.J. Mitchell and Hector Noesi have been promoted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. All of this comes on the day the promotions of Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances to Double-A became official.
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Two-out RBI double by Cano has given the Yankees a 1-0 lead. I’m out of words to describe him.
UPDATE, 7:28p.m.: What a huge break for the Yankees, and a huge throw from Brett Gardner. Bases loaded with no outs, Gardner fielded a fairly shallow fly ball and made the perfect throw to the plate to get the lead runner trying to score. Nova makes it hold up with a strikeout to get out of the inning.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: There’s Nunez’s arm on display. Too bad the missed call at first base meant it went for nothing.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: The blown call hurts. Bautista’s 39th home run was a two-run shot for a 2-1 Blue Jays lead.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Nova has settled in nicely, but the Yankees haven’t been able to do anything against Morrow.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Cito Gaston was just ejected before the start of the sixth inning. Not sure why. I’m sure he was defending Escobar, but I didn’t see the moment he was ejected.
UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: Great at-bat by Cano ends with a walk, then Posada doubles him home to tie the game. Two-out RBI have saved the Yankees tonight.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Might have been a bit of gamesmanship by Bautista. Try to get in the kid’s head a little bit. I’m not sure Girardi had ever moved that fast in his life.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: That’s it for Nova. After that terrible start when he loaded the bases with no outs, he went on to pitch 5.1 innings allowing four hits and no walks. Two of the hits were infield singles, one of which should have been an out. Just a terrific outing for Nova.
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Some guy just ran onto the field from the left-field corner. Security had him on the ground in about two seconds. Pretty impressive. Then he tried to put up a fight, which was a mistake. To paraphrase some comedian I once heard: I don’t know how many guys it was going to take to arrest him, but I know how many they were going to use. It was plenty.