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Game 90: Yankees at Blue Jays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Jul 15, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (53-36)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B

RHP Freddy Garcia (7-6, 3.13)
Garcia vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (46-47)
Rajai Davis CF
Eric Thames DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Adam Lind 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
Travis Snider LF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Corey Patterson RF
Jose Molina C

RHP Brandon Morrow (5-4, 4.60)
Morrow vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m., MY9 and MLB Network

WEATHER: Another nice day in Toronto. A little hot if anything. Roof open again.

UMPIRES: HP Greg Gibson, 1B Todd Tichenor, 2B Gerry Davis, 3B Angel Hernandez

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE: The Yankees allowed 20 hits last night, but the Elias Sports Bureau says it was the first time the franchise gave up 20 or more hits without surrendering a home run in a game of nine innings or fewer in exactly 77 years. Last time it happened was July 14, 1934 against Detroit. So, no home runs. That’s a plus.

ON THE SAME SIDE: Also according to Elias, Thursday’s game was the 1,660th time that Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada played together in a regular-season game for the Yankees. They’ve moved past Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri (1,659 games) for the most games played together by any pair of teammates in Yankees history. The only other current big league teammates to play 1,000 or more games together as teammates are Jeter and Alex Rodriguez (1,050).

ON THE FLY: Last night, Brett Gardner got his fifth outfield assist of the season. He has 14 outfield assists as a left fielder the past two years, that’s the third-most among Major League left fielders in that span, one behind both Alex Gordon and Delmon Young.

UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: As Robinson Cano was digging in for his first at-bat, Jose Molina picked up chalk from the batters box and threw it on his shoes. Cano stepped out and started laughing. Pretty good

UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Gardner threw to second on Escobar’s single, and that let Thames score without a play for a 1-0 Blue Jays lead.

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Tied game after two. The Yankees got an RBI single by Nunez in the second inning, now they’re starting the third tied at 1.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: That’s just a terrific play by Encarnacion. Wow.

UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Now Encarnacion has an RBI double to give the Jays a 2-1 lead in the fourth.

UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Two-out, RBI single by Jose Molina and now it’s 3-1 Jays at the end of four.

UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: For Garcia, things have started to unravel since the middle of the fourth inning. He allowed the two runs in the fourth, and now he’s loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth. Cory Wade is getting loose in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Garcia and Cano both threw their hands up in the air when the Yankees didn’t get the call at first base, but Teixeira didn’t react, which makes me think he wasn’t surprised by the call. A run scored, the Yankees didn’t get the double play, and it’s now 4-1 in the fifth.

UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Garcia is finished after five innings. He’s left the Yankees in a 6-1 hole. He threw 95 pitches, 56 for strikes.

UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Some guy ran onto the field, lost his shoes just a few feet into the outfield, then laid on the ground and put his hands behind his back as soon as he got to the wall. I’m sure that was worth it.

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