Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Greg Golson RF
Ramiro Pena 2B
RHP Phil Hughes (16-6, 4.10)
Hughes vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (69-66)
DeWayne Wise RF
Aaron Hill 2B
Jose Bautista 3B
Vernon Wells CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
John Buck C
Adam Lind DH
John McDonald SS
Travis Snider LF
LHP Brett Cecil (11-7, 3.74)
Cecil vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / YES Network and TBS
UMPIRES: HP Fieldin Culbreth, 1B Jim Wolf, 2B Gary Cederstrom, 3B Ed Hickox
WEATHER: Temperatures in the mid-70s with nothing but sunshine in the sky. It’s a good day for the game.
ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL: The Yankees are 28-15 in series finales this season. They’ve won 13 of their past 15 finales. A win today would give them their second straight series sweep, and their seventh sweep of the season.
NOT EVERYDAY WINS: Ivan Nova and Javier Vazquez were pulled after 4.2 innings in the past two games, and the Yankees won both. According to Elias, the last team to win two consecutive games when its starter was removed with a lead after 4.2 innings was the 1961 Pirates. But I’m sure most everyone remembered that.
GOOD THAMES: Marcus Thames is rolling, and today he’s facing Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil. In his career, Thames is 3-for-6 with a home run and a double against Cecil. That’s a tiny sample size, but it’s also a .500 batting average with a 1.167 slugging percentage. Both of those extra-base hits came the last time the Yankees faced Cecil.
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: A couple of random Greg Golson observations: Apparently he recorded his intro at some point, because he just did the whole “Right field. No. 27. Greg Golson. No. 27″ routine during the video introductions. It wasn’t an in-house voice calling his name, it was an actual video of Golson. Second, during roll call, he did Swisher’s salute. The Creatures seemed to like it.
UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: Putting guys away has occasionally been a problem for Phil Hughes, and it was an issue again on an 0-2 pitch that Vernon Wells just hit for a two-run homer.
UPDATE, 1:47 p.m.: Another 0-2 home run for the Yankees. This time it was Aaron Hill who took Hughes deep. This was a better pitch than the one to Wells in the first inning, but the result was the same. It’s now a 4-0 Toronto lead.
UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: When Golson leads off with a hard-hit double and Pena follows with a bunt single, it’s a good time to take advantage. Up to the top of the order to get some runs in this inning and cut into the Blue Jays lead.
UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Sac fly from Brett Gardner scored Golson, but that’s all the Yankees could do in the bottom of the third. It’s a 4-1 game.
UPDATE, 2:26 p.m.: Not a bad throw from Golson, but it wasn’t quite in time and the Blue Jays added one more run on the sac fly. It’s 5-1 after the top of the fifth. Still no action in the Yankees bullpen.
UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: Phil Hughes is through six innings, but he’s allowed another home run and it’s a 6-1 Blue Jays lead. Albaladejo is getting loose.
UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: Posada doubled in a run, cutting the lead to 6-2. Now the Yankees are heading into the seventh with Sergio Mitre coming in to pitch.
UPDATE, 3:12 p.m.: Sergio Mitre just walked in a run. He hasn’t pitched since August 27, but it’s hard to excuse a bases-loaded walk.
UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: I’m not sure one more run in the seventh inning would be considered chipping away, but the Yankees did cut the lead to 7-3. Red-hot Marcus Thames came to the plate with two on and two out, but he popped up to end it.
UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: Not sure who’s going to play right field, but Nick Swisher is pinch hitting for Greg Golson here in the eighth. Maybe they’ve decided Swisher’s knee is good enough to play the field for one inning.