Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones DH
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Bartolo Colon (6-4, 3.20)
Colon vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (45-47)
Yunel Escobar SS
Eric Thames RF
Jose Bautista 3B
Adam Lind 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Travis Snider LF
J.P. Arencibia C
Rajai Davis CF
LHP Jo-Jo Reyes (4-7, 4.57)
Reyes vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: The roof is wide open. Gorgeous here in Toronto. Couldn’t ask for better weather.
UMPIRES: HP Greg Gibson, 1B Angel Hernandez, 2B Todd Tichenor, 3B Gerry Davis
WELCOME BACK: According to Elias, the Yankees have won the first game following the all-star break in each of the past nine seasons. That ties an all-time record streak held by the Montreal Expos (1984-1992) and the Yankees (1940-49). There was no all-star game in ’45 because of World War II.
WHAT’S LEFT? The Yankees are 18-8 against left-handed starters this season. They’ve won their past four games against lefty starters (and six of their past seven, and 13 of their past 15). They are batting .271 (224-for-827) against left-handed pitchers this season, which is the fourth-highest in the Majors.
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS: The Yankees play 18 of their next 22 games against teams at or below .500, and they play 46 of their remaining 74 games against teams at or below .500. The Yankees also play 42 of their 74 remaining games on the road.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: A lot of balls in the dirt from Colon, and Aaron Hill’s single up the middle has scored two runs for a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Jays are still hitting with two on and two out.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Another hit, a Nunez error, and back-to-back infield singles have led to three more Blue Jays runs. It’s now 5-0, still not out of the first inning.
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: After getting two outs and allowing seven runs, Colon is finished and Ayala is in.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: Anyone think Andruw Jones would be the Yankees first bright spot of the night? His solo homer has the Yankees on the board, still losing 9-1 in the third.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: The Yankees just managed three runs on four hits and they’ve cut the lead to 9-4 in the third.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: The trailer for the new Harry Potter movie just played on the big screen here at Rogers Centre.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Jose Bautista might have injured his ankle on that play at third. He’s out of the game.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: The Blue Jays are saying Bautista has a twisted right ankle. He’s day to day.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: The raw hatred of Andruw Jones might have to be put on hold for a while. He has the Yankees back in this game with a three-run home run in the sixth. It’s now 9-7 Blue Jays.
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: An infield single keeps the inning alive long enough for a two-run single to left. The lead is now back up to 11-7 Blue Jays.