Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano DH
Nick Swisher 1B
Eric Chavez 3B
Andruw Jones RF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 2B
RHP Ivan Nova (14-4, 3.96)
Nova vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (69-68)
Yunel Escobar SS
Eric Thames LF
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind 1B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Kelly Johnson 2B
Brett Lawrie 3B
J.P. Arencibia C
Mike McCoy CF
RHP Brandon Morrow (9-9, 4.79)
Morrow vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Starting to cool down a little bit here in New York. Should dip into the 60s during tonight’s game. Still feels pretty nice out, though. Some wind blowing from right to left.
UMPIRES: HP James Hoye, 1B Phil Cuzzi, 2B Tom Hallion, 3B Bill Miller
#WINNING: Last night, the Yankees guaranteed their 19th consecutive winning seasons. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that broke a tie with Baltimore (1968-85) for the second-longest streak of consecutive winning seasons behind the Yankees run of 39 straight from 1926 to 1964.
MORE CALL-UPS: The Yankees added left-handed reliever Aaron Laffey as a September call-up this afternoon, and they also added minor league catching coordinator Julio Mosquero to the coaching staff. It’s pretty standard for the Yankees to add a minor league coach to the big league staff in September.
BETTER THAN I WOULD HAVE DONE: The Yankees have committed an error in just one of their past 10 games (that was, of course, a four-error game on August 26 in Baltimore). Their .990 fielding percentage since August 1 is the third-best mark in the Majors during that stretch.
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: That’s a really nice play by Gardner in left. Obviously Bautista never thought he had a shot, and the Yankees turned that into a double play to end the first. Nova’s getting knocked around so far, and the Blue Jays are up 2-0.
UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Gardner goes yard, a two-run shot to tie the game in the bottom of the third.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Hard to say for certain that ball would have been gone, but it was at least a double before Jones made the leaping catch at the wall. Another big play by a Yankees corner outfielder.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: The memory challenge, where young fans have to remember which two numbers are hiding a certain Yankees player on the video board, just featured Jesus Montero as the hidden Yankee. Very timely bit of between-inning entertainment.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Little two-out rally has the Yankees in front. Robinson Cano had the go-ahead single, scoring Jeter from second for a 3-2 lead. Nova’s still out there for the sixth. He’s been hit hard a few times, but he’s ultimately allowed just two hits and two runs.
UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Missed opportunity to pull away in the seventh inning, now Soriano is in to handle the eighth. Have to wonder whether Rivera is available after last night. Could be that Dave Robertson is the closer tonight.
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: For several seconds, I forgot that was Nunez playing second. That was a Cano-quality play to end the eighth.
By the way, Rivera is warming up, so maybe Robertson wasn’t available for some reason.