Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez DH
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (14-11, 3.34)
Kuroda vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (68-88)
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
J.P. Arencibia C
Adam Lind 1B
Yunel Escobar SS
Kelly Johnson 2B
Rajai Davis RF
Anthony Gose LF
RHP Chad Jenkins (0-2, 4.24)
Jenkins vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Still cold outside, but still cozy under the roof.
UMPIRES: HP Paul Schrieber, 1B Mike Everitt, 2B Laz Diaz, 3B Tim Welke
MAGIC NUMBERS: To make the playoffs: 3. To win the American League East: 6.
GIRARDI MOVING UP: The Yankees’ next win will be the 475th for Joe Girardi as the Yankees manager. That will match Joe McCarthy for the third-most in franchise history. Casey Stengel (1949-53) and Joe Torre (1996-2000) share the record with 487 victories. That’s from Elias.
BOUNCE BACK: The Yankees are 25-9 in games immediately following shutout losses since the start of the 2008 season, winning eight of the last 10 such contests. They are 3-2 in such games this year.
SWINGING AND MISSING: The Yankees have struck out a single-season franchise-record 1,269 batters this year. That surpasses the previous franchise record of 1,266 strikeouts set in 2001.
UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: Not sure what happened there, the game post just didn’t publish like it’s supposed to. Anyway, it’s a two-out, two-run double for Swisher and a 2-0 lead for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Line drive knocks Jenkins’ glove off, and he catches the glove for the out. There’s something new.
UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: Heads up play by Swisher, who’s really played a good first base since moving over there after the Teixeira injury.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: That’s twice a Blue Jays runner has been caught too far off a bag, and they haven’t even gone through the lineup one full turn. It’s a 3-0 Yankees lead in the second — Jeter hitting into a double play brought in a run — and the trouble is minimal here in the bottom of the second because Russell Martin just picked off Yunel Escobar at third.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: Big strikeout by Kuroda to get out of the second without allowing a run. He’s already thrown 43 pitches.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Solo homer for Rasmus puts the Blue Jays on the board. Despite the score, Kuroda really doesn’t look very good tonight. It’s still a 3-1 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Cano hit by a pitch in the left hand. He’s staying in the game, but that could have been pretty much a worst-case scenario for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Three-run homer for Russell Martin and it’s a 6-1 Yankees lead. Thats a big blow just to create some distance.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Walk and two straight two-out singles and the Yankees have another run. The Blue Jays are digging deeper into their bullpen.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Kuroda pulled after 5.1 innings. Right now, he has matched his career-high for innings in a season set in 2005 in Japan.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Proof that you can never quite give up on a pitching prospect, Homer Bailey just pitched a no-hitter.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: Bad decision by the Blue Jays to throw home, bad decision by Granderson to try to take third. It’s another run and another out for the Yankees. It’s an 8-2 lead.