Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Lance Berkman DH
Austin Kearns RF
Ramiro Pena 3B
Eduardo Nunez SS
RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 1.93)
Nova vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (69-64)
Mike McCoy SS
Travis Snider LF
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
Adam Lind DH
John McDonald 3B
Jose Molina C
RHP Brandon Morrow (10-6, 4.27)
Morrow vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Gary Cederstrom, 1B Ed Hickox, 2B Fieldin Culbreth, 3B Jim Wolf
WEATHER: Clouds are starting to roll in, but still no rain and no tarp. Wind is blowing in pretty hard.
NO SECOND CHANCES: Last time Ivan Nova faced the Blue Jays, one hitter finished with two hits off the Yankees rookie. That was Yunel Escobar, who’s not in the lineup this afternoon.
WELCOME TO THE BRONX: Although Brandon Morrow has had considerable success against the Yankees in Toronto, he’s been hit in two starts at Yankee Stadium. His line in those two starts: 11.1 IP, 16 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 3 BB, 16 K.
THE YANKEES ACE: After yesterday’s win, CC Sabathia is now undefeated in 21 straight starts at Yankee Stadium. According to Elias, that matches the Whitey Ford for the longest undefeated streak at home by a Yankee. Ford went 21 games without a loss from August 8, 1964 to August 18, 1965.
UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: After a routine grounder to short, Ivan Nova’s first pitch to Travis Snider was a solo home run for a 1-0 Blue Jays lead.
UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Curtis Granderson might have caught up to every other Yankee on that play, but Brett Gardner’s fast enough to stay a few steps ahead and score on Mark Teixeira’s double. Granderson scored one batter later to make it 2-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: I remember being a little kid and thinking the only trick to running fast was to hold my hands perfectly flat. Apparently I was a big believer in wind resistance. How flat would my hands have to be to run as fast as Brett Gardner? It must be a lot of fun to go from Point A to Point B that quickly. It’s now 4-1 Yankees as Gardner scores from first on a double by Granderson. It’s 4-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: How many times do you see it, the guy who was just the Name That Baby Bomber comes up in the next inning and gets a big two-out RBI single? This time it was Ramiro Pena who’s baby photo was shown after the second inning, and who drove in a run in the third. It’s 5-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: Heading into the top of the fifth with the score 5-3. Nova gave up a couple in the fourth and the Yankees went down in order.
UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: Wonder if Joe Girardi is anticipating rain. Nova has been pretty solid this afternoon, but with two on and two out in the fifth, Boone Logan is in to face Lyle Overbay. It’s still 5-3.
UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: Brett Gardner has an RBI triple to the right-center gap and it’s a 6-3 Yankees lead… Make that a 7-3 lead on Granderson’s second RBI double of the game.
UPDATE, 4:12 p.m.: After 1.2 strong innings from Kerry Wood — which will probably earn him the win — here’s Mariano Rivera to close it with a four-run lead. Sergio Mitre was also getting loose, but Girardi’s not messing around.