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Game 16: Yankees at Blue Jays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 20, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (9-6)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones LF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF

RHP Bartolo Colon (0-1, 3.97)
Colon vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (8-9)
Yunel Escobar SS
Corey Patterson CF
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind 1B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
J.P. Arencibia C
Travis Snider LF
Jayson Nix 2B
John McDonald 3B

LHP Brett Cecil (1-1, 6.19)
Cecil vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Another rainy day in Toronto. One of the few times I’m happy to watch a game in a dome.

UMPIRES: HP Jim Wolf, 1B Derryl Cousins, 2B Jim Joyce, 3B Ron Kulpa

NOT FOUR OR MORE: According to Elias, the Yankees are the only Major League team that has yet to score as many as four runs in an inning. The streak of 131 innings without scoring four or more runs is the Yankees longest to begin a season since 1966 (139 innings), and it’s their longest streak at any point during one season since a stretch of 135 innings in May 2008.

STILL GOING DEEP: Despite their lack of huge innings, the Yankees still lead the majors in home runs and multi-homer games. They have hit more home runs through 15 games than any Yankees team in history, and they need two home runs tonight to match the franchise record for total home runs through 16 games.

CANO CAN GO: Right now, Robinson Cano has gone 10 straight games with a hit. It’s the Yankees longest hitting streak of the season and it’s tied for the fourth longest active Major League streak. He’s a career .319 hitter when batting fourth.

NO MO: According to the Yankees pregame notes, last night was the second time in his past 242 outings that Mariano Rivera allowed four or more hits. He had not allowed a run in April since April 30, 2009, a stretch of 19 scoreless April outings.

MINOR SETBACK FOR PRIOR: Mark Prior’s DL assignment in Scranton has nothing to do with his arm. It’s a minor groin injury and he’s not expected to miss much time.

UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: Bartolo Colon has an early lead to work with. It’s 1-0 Yankees after they loaded the bases and got an RBI ground out in the top of the first.

UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: Granderson just keeps hitting lefties. His RBI triple opened the door for a two-run second inning that has the Yankees in front 3-0. That a little bit of breathing room for Colon.

UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Two sac flies and the lead is up to 5-1 in the middle of the fifth. Colon looks a lot like the guy we saw this spring, and he’s at 53 pitches heading into the fifth. If the Yankees get six innings out of him, that should be more than enough for a guy making his first start.

UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Another weak ground ball by Jeter ends the top of the sixth, but Colon breezed through another strong bottom half. I still find it hard to believe Colon is on this team and pitching this well.

UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Robertson can’t strand every inherited runner. He allowed an RBI single before getting a strikeout to end the seventh inning. Colon’s night is finished and his line is complete: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB and 7 K. He and Freddy Garcia have given the Yankees two of their best starts of the season.

UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Posada caught the warmup pitches between innings!

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