Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix SS
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-4, 3.56)
Kuroda vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (19-18)
Kelly Johnson 2B
Eric Thames LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
J.P. Arencibia C
Adam Lind DH
Omar Vizquez SS
RHP Kyle Drabek (2-4, 3.66)
Drabek vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It’s Canada. In a dome. But right now the roof is cold, and it’s a little chilly for my taste.
UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Dale Scott, 2B CB Bucknor, 3B Bill Miller
DISABLED: The Yankees have placed 11 different players on the disabled list this season, eight shy of their total for 2011. They?had placed eight players on the DL by this date last year and?have lost a total of 297 combined games to the DL in 2012.
WHO NEEDS NUNEY AND GARDY? The Yankees have stolen eight consecutive bases without being caught, and overall they’re 21-for-26 on stolen base attempts (third-highest percentage in the American League). Alex Rodriguez is 4-for-4, matching his stolen base total from each of the past two years.
WITH HONORS: Earlier today, New York University held its 180th commencement at Yankee Stadium. It marked the fifth consecutive year the school used the stadium for its graduation. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor addressed the graduates and received a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, at the ceremony.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: Infield single for Encarnacion followed by a big ovation for Brett Lowrie’s first at-bat of the night.
UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Two-run homer for Arencibia. That’s only his fourth homer of the year. Meanwhile, the Yankees have gone through three scoreless innings against Drabek. No surprise, they left two stranded in the second inning.
UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: The first inning has been Kuroda’s problem this season. Of course, he got through the first with no problem tonight, and he’s now allowed a two-run homer in the second and a three-run homer in the third.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: That’s a nice slide by Arencibia for a 6-0 Blue Jays lead. Kelly Johnson’s base hit might have scored the run, but Kuroda really can’t walk Omar Vizquel with two outs to give Johnson that chance.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: The Yankees have one hit in their past 11 at-bats.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: There goes Bautista’s ninth homer of the year. It’s now 7-0 Blue Jays.
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Nix didn’t put up much of a fight, but it sure looks like he was safe on that play at second. Girardi came out to argue a little bit, but it’s now runners at the corners with two outs rather than bases loaded with one out.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Swisher doesn’t like the call, but he’s out on strikes and the runners are left on base. It’s 7-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: There’s the fourth Blue Jays homer of the night. It’s Kelly Johnson who just went deep and it’s 8-1. The Yankees are 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Bad starting pitching and a lack of clutch hits … hard to win on a night like that.