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Game 158: Yankees at Blue Jays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Sep 28, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (93-64)
Travis Snider LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
John Buck C
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
J.P. Arencibia DH

LHP CC Sabathia (20-7, 3.26)
Sabathia vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (81-75)
Travis Snider LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
John Buck C
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
J.P. Arencibia DH

RHP Kyle Drabek (0-2, 4.91)
Drabek has never faced the Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m. / YES Network MY9 and MLB Network (sorry, forgot to update this part)

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

WEATHER: Dome. Safe from the Canadian outdoors.

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

THE OLD MAN: Blue Jays starter Kyle Drabek’s father is Doug Drabek, the former 22-game winner with the Pirates. Joe Girardi was 2-for-23 in his career against Doug Drabek.

MORE DRABEK: Although he’s know for his time with the Pirates, Doug Drabek actually pitched 27 games for the Yankees in his rookie year of 1986. In 1984, Drabek had been traded to the Yankees as a player to be named later in a deal for Roy Smalley. After the ’86 season, the Yankees sent Drabek, Logan Easley and Brian Fisher to Pittsburgh for LHP Pat Clemments and RHPs Cecilio Guante and Rick Rhoden.

GOOD GLOVES: The Yankees have committed six errors in the month of September. The lead the Majors with a .989 fielding percentage this season. The franchise’s highest fielding percentage for any season is .986, set in 1995 and matched in 2008. Alex Rodriguez has not made an error since July 17, a span of 44 consecutive games which is the third-longest single-season streak of his career.

GRANDY MAN: Since August 12, Curtis Granderson has three home runs against left-handed pitchers. He hit three home runs total vs. lefties from Opening Day 2009 through August 11 of this year.

UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: Jose Bautista can throw a little bit, but Alex Rodriguez got the sac fly deep enough and the Yankees have a 1-0 lead after a half inning.

UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Another sac fly, another Jeter run. It’s 2-0 in the middle of the third inning.

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Travis Snider got  solo homer just inside the right-field foul pole, cutting the lead to 2-1. That’s the Blue Jays 244th home run of the season, tying a franchise record.

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: The throw was there, no doubt, but I think Gardner got his foot to the plate ahead of the tag. It’s a close play, and most every other player in baseball would have been out — or not at third place to begin with — but Gardner’s speed has given the Yankees a 3-1 lead in the fifth.

UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: Before the game, Girardi said he expects Sabathia to “do it every time” and that seems to be happening tonight. Through six innings, the Yankees ace has been absolutely dominant, working quickly and very efficiently. It’s still 3-1 in the seventh.

 
 

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