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Game 23: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 29, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (14-8)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Freddy Garcia (1-0, 0.69)
Garcia vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (12-13)
Rajai Davis CF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind 1B
Juan Rivera LF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
David Cooper DH
J.P. Arencibia C
John McDonald 2B

LHP Ricky Romero (1-3, 3.00)
Romero vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Little bit chilly but certainly not cold. Temperatures are supposed to dip into the 50s tonight. Very slight chance of rain.

UMPIRES: HP John Hirschbeck, 1B Wally Bell, 2B Laz Diaz, 3B Scott Barry

CANO GETS THE SILVER: Robinson Cano already has hit Gold Glove award. Before today’s game he’s receiving his Silver Slugger.

ROTATION SUCCESS: In their past five games, the Yankees starters have each held opponents to one earned run or less, good for a 0.76 ERA through 35.1 innings. That’s the Yankees first such five-game stretch since 2002 when Wells, Mussina, Pettitte, Hernandez and Clemens pulled off five straight with one earned or less.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: The Yankees have outscored their opponents 44-14 in the first two innings this season (24-6 in the first inning, 20-8 in the second).

WAITING FOR A DAY OFF: According to Elias, Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher have played every inning in the field this season. Last night Swisher kept his streak alive by moving from right field to first base when Andruw Jones came in to play the field.

UPDATE, 7:06 p.m.: During the Canadian national anthem, the Yankee Stadium scoreboard crew cut between shots of two different Yankees: Canadians Russell Martin and Rob Thomson. If there were a Missouri anthem, and it were played at the stadium, I feel confident I’d be on the big screen (as long as David Phelps weren’t called up at that point).

UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Opening an inning with back-to-back walks isn’t exactly good baseball, but Garcia got out of trouble with a ground out, strikeout, ground out and kept the Blue Jays from taking advantage.

UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Russell Martin doubles to give Freddy Garcia a lead. Man, that Brian Cashman really screwed up this winter.

UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Jose Bautista just crushed a home run to left. Line drive into the second deck. People sitting more than 300 feet away were in legitimate danger. It’s now 2-1 Blue Jays in the third.

UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: It’s not often that an entire ballpark takes a second to decide whether it’s just witnessed an out or a homicide, but it just happened. Mark Teixeira lined a shot to the mound, and it surely would have taken Ricky Romero’s head off, except that he somehow caught the thing.

UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Garcia is flirting with disaster tonight, but he’s so far limited the damage and Robinson Cano’s solo home run has pulled the Yankees within 3-2 heading into the fifth.

UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Unbelievable. The Yankees got two infield singles, got incredibly lucky that the Blue Jays blew a triple play, then failed to score with the bases loaded and no outs.

UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Terrible throw by Robertson and a great slide by Bautista. It’s now a 5-2 Blue Jays lead after a strange top of the sixth.

UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: Cano’s second homer of the night — he also has two walks — has pulled the Yankees within 5-3.

UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: Strikeout and ground out with the bases loaded in the eighth. The Yankees are hitless with runners in scoring position.

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