Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Austin Kearns RF
Brett Gardner LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
RHP Phil Hughes (15-5, 3.90)
Hughes vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (65-60)
Fred Lewis LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Adam Lind DH
John Buck C
Lyle Overbay 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
LHP Brett Cecil (10-6, 3.90)
Cecil vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Dale Scott, 2B Jerry Meals, 3B Mark Wegner
WEATHER: The roof was open last night. It’s closed tonight.
NOT WHAT YOU’D EXPECT: In two starts against the Yankees this season, Brett Cecil has gone 14 innings allowing two runs. Oddly enough, though, the Yankees as a group have a .303/.418/.394 line against him. Clearly they haven’t hit for power, but they’ve hit him.
ONE OF TWO: Derek Jeter has at least 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases in 15 straight seasons. The only other player to do that in baseball history is Barry Bonds, who went 16 straight seasons from 1986 to 2001. That’s according to Elias.
RELIABLE IN THE MIDDLE: Jeter and Robinson Cano have combined for 13 errors this season. That’s the fewest of any SS/2B combo in baseball with at least 100 games.
WHAT’S LEFT: The Yankees are 15-5 in their past 20 games against left-handed starters. They are batting a league-best .274 against lefties, second in the major only to the Cubs. They have hit 49 homers off lefties, which is second in the major’s behind Boston’s 50. Marcus Thames has a hit in 10 of his past 11 starts and is hitting .347 in August. For the year, he’s hitting .342 with four doubles and two home runs against left-handers.
UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: The roof is opening as a type this. It moves just as slowly as you’d imagine.
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: Give Vernon Wells credit for fighting through a tough at-bat. He fouled off four pitches before tripling to right-center. That drove in a run and gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Passed ball scores Wells and it’s 2-0.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Hughes seemed to have settled in, but a walk to Bautista and a home run by Wells have pushed the Blue Jays lead to 3-0 in the third.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Remember in spring training when everyone hated Marcus Thames? Remember when it was the middle of the season and he had to start against a bunch of righties and everyone hated him again? The guy just went deep for the second night in a row to pull the Yankees within 4-2.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Clearly things were wrong on that play. Either Cano needed to go to first base, Cano needed to make a harder toss to second or Jeter needed to get to second base quicker. To the naked eye, in real time, I thought Bautista was safe.
UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: Vazquez gets the final out of the inning and it’s a 5-2 game. Hughes seemed to have a big fastball tonight, but his command was lost.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: One run on two hits through 4.1 innings. Great job by Vazquez.