Brett Gardner CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez RF
Bill Hall LF
Justin Maxwell DH
Jayson Nix 2B
Ramiro Pena SS
RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 4.50)
Nova vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (3-2-1)
Yunel Escobar DH
Kelly Johnson 2B
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind 1B
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
J.P. Arencibia C
Travis Snider LF
Luis Valbuena SS
LHP Brett Cecil (0-0, 0.00)
Cecil vs. Yankees
TIME: 1:05 p.m.
WEATHER: Another beautiful day. Doesn’t look like the same sort of wind situation as yesterday in Bradenton.
UMPIRES: HP Adam Hamari, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Vic Carapazza
OUT OF THE TORONTO BULLPEN: After Brett Cecil, the Blue Jays are scheduled to use RHP Chad Beck, RHP Drew Carpenter, RHP Nelson Figueroa, RHP Jason Frasor, RHP Jerry Gil, RHP Jim Hoey and RHP Scott Richmond.
ROBERTSON OPTIMISTIC: I stayed in Tampa for a while but ultimately decided to get on the road to Dunedin. Apparently Dave Robertson arrived back at Steinbrenner Field and said he’s optimistic that his foot injury won’t be a lengthy problem. “I don’t feel it’s something that will set me back for a long time,” he said.
FULL PADS: The Blue Jays complex includes a small practice field right next to the visiting clubhouse. About two hours before today’s game, Tony Pena and Joe Girardi were on that field with the catchers, putting them through all sort of blocking drills. Pena was flipping balls for them to catch barehanded. Girardi was firing fastballs in the dirt for them to block.
SHORTSTOPS AT THE TOP: Just a random observation: I know Yunel Escobar is at designated hitter today, but it occured to me that the Yankees keep seeing teams that use their shortstops in the leadoff spot. The Phillies have Jimmy Rollins, the Rays used Reid Brignac and now the Blue Jays are using Escobar. Obviously the Yankees regularly have Derek Jeter at the top of the lineup. It’s meaningless, but I’m pointing it out for absolutely no reason at all.
UPDATE, 1:10 p.m.: Leadoff single for Gardner and we’re off here in Dunedin.
UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: Gardner stranded and it’s time for Nova.
UPDATE, 1:34 p.m.: Things moving quickly through the first few innings. Nova went through the side in order in the first and now faces Lind, Lawrie and Rasmus in the second. The Yankees have stranded a runner in each of the first two innings (Gardner singled, Maxwell walked).
UPDATE, 1:35 p.m. There’s a leadoff double for Lind.
UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: After the double Nova has allowed an infield single, an RBI ground out and a two-run homer. It’s a 3-0 Blue Jays lead with one out in the second inning. The homer came from J.P Arenibia to right field.
UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: Leadoff single by Ramiro Pena goes stranded and now Nova is out for his third inning of work.
UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Cervelli just went to the mound to talk to Nova who’s getting knocked around a little bit here in the third. He’s allowed three straight hits, but just got his second out because of a running catch by Raul Ibanez in right field.
UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: Nova seemed to be falling behind a lot and now he’s out of the game after 2.2 innings. He leaves the bases loaded for David Phelps. Nova’s last batter was a walk to Colby Rasmus. Phelps will face J.P. Arencibia.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: One run scored on a passed ball, and Phelps walked a guy, but the third inning is finally over with a 5-0 Blue Jays lead. Nova’s line: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.
UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: Hey, look! Mark Teixeira just went the other way for a left-handed single.