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Game 157: Yankees at Blue Jays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Sep 27, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (93-63)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Austin Kearns LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C

RHP A.J. Burnett (10-14, 5.05)
Burnett vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (80-75)
Travis Snider LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
John Buck C
Adam Lind DH
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
John McDonald 2B

LHP Marc Rzepczynski
Rzepczynski vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Jeff Nelson, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Jeff Kellog, 3B Larry Vanover

WEATHER: Dome. Which is nice, because it’s pretty cold up here.

ONE MORE: If the Yankees win tonight, they’ll clinch a spot in the playoffs. They could also clinch if Boston loses.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Yankees will play their final six regular-season games on the road. They are 41-34 away from Yankee Stadium this season, the third-best road record in the big leagues behind Tampa Bay (45-32) and San Diego (43-35).

IT’S BEEN A GOOD MONTH: Alex Rodriguez has a home run in four of his past eight at-bats. He has eight home runs this month, his highest one-month total since June of 2008 when he hit nine.

WALK OFF: Last night was the Yankees first walk-off walk since 2004 when Jorge Posada was walked by Jorge Julio in the ninth. The last time the Yankees had a walk-off walk in extra inning was May 9, 2000 when Jim Morris walked Paul O’Neill in the 10th.

UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: A lead-off double has done the damage here in the first. Otherwise, Burnett has allowed only two routine ground balls, but those were enough to move Travis Snider from second to third, and from third to home for a 1-0 Blue Jays lead.

UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: John Buck just went deep to left-center field and one of the other writers — not me — called it. It’s 2-0 Blue Jays in the second.

UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: Three-run home run by Vernon Wells and this thing has gotten out of hand pretty quickly. It’s already 5-0 Blue Jays in the third.

UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Must admit, I wasn’t expecting a start quite like this out of Burnett. He seemed to be showing some signs of getting on track lately, but this was just brutal. He’s out after 2.1 innings. It’s already 6-0 and Burnett is responsible for the runners at the corners.

UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Albaladejo and Moseley have done their part to keep the Jays from extending their lead, and red-hot Granderson’s two-run homer has put the Yankees on the board, but Burnett really left them in a huge hole and it’s still a 7-2 game after five.

UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: It was easy to give up on this game four innings ago, but Mark Teixeira just went deep to make it a 7-5 game in the seventh. The Yankees are very much in it at this point.




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