Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano DH
Andruw Jones LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Casey McGehee 3B
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix 2B
RHP Phil Hughes (11-9, 4.10)
Hughes vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (53-60)
Rajai Davis LF
Mike McCoy 2B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
David Cooper 1B
Moises Sierra RF
Jeff Mathis C
Yan Gomes 3B
Anthony Gose CF
Adeiny Hechavarria SS
LHP J.A. Happ (0-1, 6.35 with Toronto)
Happ vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:07 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: The dome was open for a little while, but it’s pretty overcast outside and this is now an indoors game.
UMPIRES: HP Mike DiMuro, 1B Jim Reynolds, 2B James Hoye, 3B Jim Joyce
FOR THE SWEEP: The Yankees are looking to complete their ninth series sweep of the season, which would tie their total for all of last year. This would be their sixth series sweep on the road, and it would be their second straight sweep of the Blue Jays (also July 16-18 at Yankee Stadium). The Yankees?have not swept the Blue Jays in Toronto in a series of at least three games since the opening series of the 2003 season.
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU: Since Alex Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 25, Yankees third basemen starting in his place (Chavez, McGehee and Nix) have combined to hit .375 with six home runs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the highest average in the Majors from the position over the stretch and ties the Padres for the most homers from that position during that time.
FIVE BY FIVE: The Yankees have scored at least five runs in each of their last five games against Toronto, their longest such streak since a five-game stretch in 2009. The Yankees have also won five straight against Toronto, matching their longest single-season winning streak against the Blue Jays in the past 10 years.
UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Blue Jays got three straight two-out hits in the first inning to grab a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Double to left drives in another Blue Jays run. It’s now 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth.
UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: Another two-out hit, this one a two-run double in the fourth to make it 4-0.
UPDATE, 2:13 p.m.: Wow. Hughes is officially getting beat up. And I’m pretty sure that was Phelps who just got up in the Yankees bullpen. Could be wrong, but it looked like him when he stood up. (Or maybe not, Marc Carig is sitting next to me and thinks it’s Igarashi. It’s really hard to tell from up here).
UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: Yep, it’s Igarashi warming in the pen. Also, McGehee just doubled in a run so the Yankees are on the board, down 7-1.
UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: No error charged on the ball off Jeter’s glove. Not sure he could have gotten an out anyway.
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Three-run double for Davis, who’s now tied his career-high in RBI. This has gotten ugly already. It’s 10-1 Blue Jays.
UPDATE, 2:54 p.m.: Jeter solo homer. Cano two-run homer. It’s now 10-4 Blue Jays in the sixth.
UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: The Yankees are making a game of it. RBI doubles by Nix and Jeter, plus an RBI single by Swisher have pulled the Yankees within 10-7 and the top of the seventh isn’t over yet.