Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones LF
Jayson Nix 3B
Russell Martin C
Ichiro Suzuki CF
Casey McGehee 1B
RHP Freddy Garcia (5-5, 5.00)
Garcia vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (53-58)
Rajai Davis LF
Colby Rasmus CF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Yunel Escobar SS
David Cooper DH
Kelly Johnson 2B
Omar Vizquel 3B
Jeff Mathis C
Anthony Gose RF
LHP Ricky Romero (8-8, 5.74)
Romero vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Dome, thank goodness. Been raining most of the day.
UMPIRES: HP James Hoye, 1B Jim Joyce, 2B Mike DiMuro, 3B Jim Reynolds
TEX FOR THE TIE: With his game-tying solo home run on Thursday, Mark Teixeira now has five homers this season which have tied the game or put the Yankees ahead in the seventh inning or later. That?marks his most such homers in a single season in his career. Only one Yankee has compiled more homers in those circumstances in a season over the last 12 years — Alex Rodriguez who had six in both 2009 and 2010).
CHAVY FOR THE WIN: According to ESPN Stats & Info, last night’s back-to-back homers by Teixeira and Eric Chavez were the first by the Yankees in the eighth inning or later on the road — with the first one tying the game and the second one giving them the lead — since August 24, 1955 when Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle went back-to-back in the ninth of a 3-2 win also in Detroit.
SEVEN UP: Thursday was the Yankees eighth win of the season when trailing after the end of the seventh inning. That?is double their win total in those circumstances from last season (4-49) and?matches Baltimore and Washington for the most such wins in the Majors this season.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: Nix lays down a bunt, Mathis throws it away, and the Yankees are up 1-0 in the second.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: Ichiro avoids the double play, the Yankees get another run and go ahead 2-0. Two on with two outs now for Jeter.
UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Jeter grounder ends the threat.
UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: Jays get a run on Johnson’s homer, but give it right back on Cano’s RBI single in the third. Gose made a horrible throw to the plate trying to get the out. This Blue Jays lineup really is brutal right now.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Garcia was at 78 pitches, but he didn’t come back out for the seventh inning. Instead, Boone Logan got the first two outs, and now Joba Chamberlain is in with the bases emptry and the Yankees still up 3-2. Not sure why Garcia needed to come out after such a small pitch count. I get it’s a one-run game, but against this lineup, it seemed like Garcia had the game under control.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Teixeira goes deep and it’s now 4-2. The Yankees have Dave Robertson warming in the bullpen.