Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Jayson Nix SS
Casey McGehee 3B
Chris Stewart C
RHP Ivan Nova (10-6, 4.81)
Nova vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (53-59)
Rajai Davis LF
Anthony Gose CF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Yunel Escobar SS
David Cooper 1B
Moises Sierra RF
Kelly Johnson 2B
Yan Gomes C
Adeiny Hechavarria 3B
LHP Aaron Laffey (3-2, 4.39)
Laffey vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Nice enough that I’m hopeful the roof will be open. This place gets hot and gross when the roof’s closed.
UMPIRES: HP Jim Joyce, 1B Mike DiMuro, 2B Jim Reynolds, 3B James Hoye
THE DIFFERENCE: The Yankees enter today’s game with a +97 run differential, scoring 554 runs and allowing 457. That’s the third-best differential in the Majors this year behind St. Louis (+99) and Washington (+98). Only Tampa Bay (425) and Oakland (422) have allowed fewer runs among American League clubs.
THE CAPTAIN: Derek Jeter leads the A.L. and is tied with Andrew McCutchen for second in the Majors with 148 hits. He trails only Melky Cabrera who has 154. Jeter ranks third in the Majors with 45 multi-hit games, matching his total from all of last year, and he is batting .382 with four homers leading off the game in the first inning.
THE SCORE: The Yankees scored at least 10 runs in a game for the eighth time this season in Friday’s win. The Yankees have reached the double-digit total four times over their last 14 games after doing so just four times over their first 98 games.
UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: That looked like Nova’s slider on the Davis strikeout.
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: Curveball has been pretty good for Nova so far today. He just used it to strike out Kelly Johnson to open the third inning. Still a scoreless game.
UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: Closer play at the plate than I expected when the ball was hit, but Teixeira slides in safe on an RBI single by Nix. It’s a 1-0 Yankees lead, still in the top of the fourth.
UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: There goes McGehee, a three-run homer to push the lead to 4-0.
UPDATE, 2:02 p.m.: And now a double by Stewart. The Yankees are beating up on Laffey at this point. He was one out away from ending the inning, still scoreless, and the bottom third of the order has come through with an RBI single, a three-run homer and a double.
UPDATE, 2:13 p.m.: RBI single by Encarnacion has the Blue Jays on the board. The leadoff single by Davis this inning was the Jays first hit of the day.
UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: Mark Feinsand is reporting that CC Sabathia could miss his next start because of a sore elbow. Apparently it’s not believed to be a serious issue. Sabathia had some ice on his elbow pregame, but Girardi said it was nothing more than regular preventative stuff that every pitcher does.
UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: Nova’s curveball has been filthy all day. Just got another strikeout with it, this one looking to open the seventh inning. Nova has nine strikeouts today, six of them on curveballs.
UPDATE, 3:16 p.m.: Chad Jenkins (whose name sounds kind of like mine) is about to face Jayson Nix (who looks a little bit like me). The Yankees beat is very excited for this moment.
UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: Looked like Stewart had Davis thrown out at third, but he gets the stolen base because McGehee didn’t cover in time. It’s led to a run on an infield single off McGehee’s glove.
UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: Robertson comes out of the pen and throws one pitch to get out of the seventh. Nix made a nice turn at second base to get the double play.