Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
RHP A.J. Burnett (3-0, 4.67)
Burnett vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (7-9)
Yunel Escobar SS
Travis Snider LF
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
Jose Molina C
Corey Patterson CF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Jayson Nix 3B
RHP Kyle Drabek (1-0, 1.93)
Drabek vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Cold and rainy outside. Warm and domey inside.
UMPIRES: HP Ron Kulpa, 1B Jim Wolf, 2B Derryl Cousins, 3B Jim Joyce
MORE ON MARTIN: It helps that only four players have tried to run on him, but Russell Martin has allowed the fewest stolen bases of any major league catcher with at least 100 innings behind the plate (tied with Carlos Santana and Matt Wieters). Martin also leads all big league catchers with four home runs. He and Buster Posey are tied for the most RBI by a catcher with a 11.
HOMER HAPPY: The Yankees 27 home runs have set a franchise record for the most home runs through 14 games, and the Yankees have already tied the franchise record for the most home runs through 15 games according to Elias.
GOING LEFT FOR SWISH: Curtis Granderson has generated a lot of attention for his numbers against lefties this season, but Nick Swisher is also hitting well against lefties. He has a .526 average in 19 at-bats against left-handers this season. He came into the year with a .260 career batting average against lefties.
BLUE JAYS ACTIVATE FRANCISCO: Toronto has activated reliever Frank Francisco from the DL.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Someone said to me, “What are the chances this guy goes deep tonight?” One pitch later, Jose Bautista hit a solo home run for a 1-0 Blue Jays lead in the first inning.
UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Well that didn’t take much. A couple of walks, a single and a run-scoring double play and the Yankees are in the lead 2-1 in the middle of the second.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Wow, is Gardner ever struggling. Bad sac bunt right to the pitcher led to Martin being retired after leading off with a double. That bunt and the Burnett mistake are hurting right now. It’s 2-2 in the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Seriously. Struggling.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Mark Teixeira’s sixth homer of the year is a two-run shot in the sixth. It’s now 4-2 Yankees.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Not entirely sure how Hill hurt himself, but he’s out of the game and McDonald is in after a stolen base in the bottom of the sixth.
UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: This might be the game. Robertson is in with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth. The Blue Jays have already pulled within 4-3, and although Burnett did a fine job minimizing the damage earlier in the game, at this point it became too risky to stick with him.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Well that was impressive. Fastballs to Escobar. Curveballs to Snider. Back-to-back strikeouts to strand the runners. If the Yankees hold on, someone needs to pie Robertson. That’s a reliever walkoff.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Hey look, Curtis Granderson can hit right-handers again. That’s his second home run vs. RHP in the past two games. It’s now 5-3.
UPDATE, 10:47 p.m.: Obviously a lot of writing and rewriting happening in the press box right now. Mariano Rivera has blown a save and now it looks like Ivan Nova is warming in the bullpen, though the TV here hasn’t shown it so that I could be certain.