Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Casey McGehee 1B
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Jayson Nix 3B
RHP Phil Hughes (15-12, 3.96)
Hughes vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (66-81)
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Adam Lind 1B
Moises Sierra RF
Kelly Johnson 2B
J.P. Arencibia C
Adeiny Hechavarria SS
Anthony Gose LF
LHP Aaron Laffey (3-5, 4.55)
Laffey vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Still a nice day here at the stadium. Still a slight breeze blowing from left to right.
UMPIRES: HP Lance Barrett, 1B Gary Cederstrom, 2B Lance Barksdale, 3B Adrian Johnson
TEAM THE RUN: The Yankees have stolen 19 bases in September (been caught just once). They have stolen 12 bases over their last four games, after collecting 12 total stolen bases over their previous 27 games from August 16 through September 14.
AND IN THE END: The Yankees are 30-17 in series finales and?have won their last four.
ON THE VERGE: The Yankees will look to complete their ninth series sweep of the season, which would tie their total for last year. They?are looking to complete their fourth series sweep at home and first overall since July 16-18 against Toronto. The Yankees haven’t swept Toronto twice in a season since 1999.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Couple of second-inning doubles have put the Blue Jays in front 1-0. The Yankees lineup needs to show something, which hasn’t always happened lately.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: The Yankees say it all the time with Hughes: His success really begins with fastball command. So far, no fastball command tonight. He’s just hit a batter with the bases loaded to make it 2-0. If Martin hadn’t thrown out Gose trying to steal third, the lead would be even larger.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Ichiro. Home run. Red hot. 2-1.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Four-strikeout inning for Hughes. He’s the second Yankee to ever do it. A.J. Burnett is the other.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Delayed steal by Martin, and it works. Arencibia didn’t realize he was running until it was too late. Kelly Johnson follows with a fielding error and the Yankees have runners at the corners with no outs.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: Bases loaded with no outs for Ichiro…
UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Two-run double for Ichiro. This guy wasn’t hitting for anything when that trade happened, and he went through quite a cold stretch a few weeks ago, but he’s impossibly hot right now. It’s now 3-2 Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Jeter singles in a run, the bases are loaded, still no outs and the Yankees are up 4-2. They’ve scored four runs on three hits. Ichiro has two of those hits and three of those RBI.
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Grand slam by Swisher and it’s now 8-2. The Yankees still haven’t made an out this inning. Their first seven batters have come around to score.
UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Two-run homer by Sierra. Rothschild out to talk to Hughes, who isn’t sharp today. It’s an 8-4 Yankees lead in the fifth.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: Like I always say, if Ichiro can’t get it done, just give Jayson Nix a shot. Nix comes through with a two-out double to push the lead to 9-4.