Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
LHP CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.06)
Sabathia vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (24-23)
Yunel Escobar SS
Corey Patterson LF
Jose Bautista RF
Juan Rivera 1B
J.P. Arencibia C
Aaron Hill 2B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Rajai Davis CF
John McDonald 3B
LHP Ricky Romero (4-4, 3.10)
Romero vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network My9 and MLB Network
WEATHER: Things have cleared nicely here at the stadium. It actually feels really nice out, and the sun was shining throughout batting practice.
UMPIRES: HP John Hirschbeck, 1B Wally Bell, 2B Laz Diaz, 3B Scott Barry
YOU AIN’T GOIN’ NOWHERE: Yankees pitchers have faced 46 batters with the bases loaded this season. In those situations, the Yankees staff has allowed a .179 batting average (third-best in the Majors) and a .196 on-base percentage (best in the Majors).
IT’S ALL OVER NOW: Yankees relievers have a 2.63 ERA since April 7, the lowest in the American League and second-lowest in the Majors during that stretch (San Diego has a 2.28 bullpen ERA). Since April 4, Yankees relievers have never allowed more than three earned runs in a game.
ONE MORE CUP OF COFFEE: After not pitching during his first call-up from Triple-A, long reliever Hector Noesi has now appeared twice in a week, pitching a total of seven innings with one run. He pitched three innings last night.
DON’T THINK TWICE, IT’S ALRIGHT: After slumping for a couple of weeks, Alex Rodriguez is now hitting .484 with three home runs in his past seven games. He’s had five multi-hit games in that span.
OUTLAW BLUES: Brett Gardner has been successful in his past three steal attempts. Before this stretch, he was successful on only one of his previous four stolen base attempts.
BALLAD OF A THIN MAN: Today is Bartolo Colon’s 38th birthday.
MY BACK PAGES: On this date in 1936, the Yankees set an all-time franchise record with 25 runs in a game. Tony Lazzeri had three home runs, including two grand slams, and set an American League record with 11 RBI.
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: Wish I had a Dylan song for every note I post tonight, but I doubt that’s going to happen. Russell Martin just scorched a home run for a 1-0 Yankees lead in the second inning. That came after two nice plays by Brett Gardner in the top of the inning.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Sabathia looked really sharp in his previous outing, but now he’s back to kind of what he looked like the week or so before. He’s not getting crushed, but the Blue Jays are able to scratch out some hits and some runs.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Now the defense is doing him no favors. I think Teixeira was right to throw to first — don’t think he could have gotten the out at home — but obviously Cano’s got to catch the thing. It’s 4-1 Jays.
UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: This has quickly become one of those games in which the Yankees just don’t look very good. Sabathia has been hitable, the defensive has made some mistakes and the offense hasn’t done much of anything since Martin’s home run.
UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Look a that, some life from the Yankees offense. Robinson Cano’s two-out double and Russell Martin’s two-out single have pulled the Yankees within 4-3 in the eighth inning.