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Game 159: Yankees at Blue Jays

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YANKEES (91-67)
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 Phil Hughes (16-13, 4.10)
Hughes vs. Blue Jays [2]

BLUE JAYS (70-88)
Brett Lawrie 3B
Rajai Davis LF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Adam Lind 1B
Moises Sierra RF
J.P. Arencibia C
Adeiny Hechavarria 2B
Anthony Gose CF

RHP Henderson Alvarez (9-14, 4.91)
Alvarez vs. Yankees [3]

TIME/TV: 1:07 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Rainy outside so the roof is closed.

UMPIRES: HP Laz Diaz, 1B Tim Welke, 2B Paul Schrieber, 3B Mike Everitt

MAGIC NUMBERS: To make the playoffs: 2. To win the American League East: 5.

WRAPPING UP: The Yankees are 32-18 in series finales and?have won their last five on the road.

HEATING UP: Robinson Cano has collected 12 hits in his last 19 at-bats (.632 average) over his last five games. The five consecutive multi-hit games matches his season-long stretch (also June 30 through July 4) and ties for the third-longest such streak of his career. He is batting .337 (69-for-205) with 16 doubles and 11 home runs in day games this season.

MOVING UP: Derek Jeter needs three more runs to reach 100 for the season. It would be his 14th season of at least 100 runs, breaking a tie with Lou Gehrig, Rickey Henderson and Alex Rodriguez for the second-most all-time behind Hank Aaron. … Alex Rodriguez is one RBI away from tying Stan Musial for the fifth-most RBI all-time. … If Jeter can manage 15 hits in these last four games he would move into a tie with Eddie Collins for the ninth-most hits all-time. Of course, that would be a fairly epic set of four games.

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Had to watch a lot of these first few innings in front of a TV while I dealt with some random travel stuff, but the reality doesn’t really change whether on television or in person. The Yankees are down 2-1 while still playing one of the worst teams in the league. Big homer by Chavez, great catch by Ichiro, but the Yankees just need to win in whatever way possible.

UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Hughes has retired seven straight.

UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: Think Hughes could have gotten out of the way of that linedrive if he weren’t wearing that absurd mustache?

UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: Two-run homer by Lawrie and it’s a 4-1 lead for the Blue Jays.

UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Massive letdown of a start for Hughes, who leaves witha 5-1 deficit after three straight two-out singles in the fifth. Derek Lowe is in here with runners at the corners. Up to him to quiet the Jays and give the Yankees offense a chance to do something. Hard not to notice that the out-of-town scoreboard shows the Orioles winning right now.

UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: Leadoff pinch hit single by Nunez with the score 5-2 in the seventh. Jeter follows with a ground-rule double — his second hit of the day — and the Yankees have something brewing here. Of course, they had a lot of things brewing last night…

UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: Sac fly by Ichiro and it’s 5-3 Blue Jays.

UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Cano sneaks an RBI double just past the first baseman and it’s now a one-run game. Yankees are showing some fight in this inning.

UPDATE, 3:24 p.m.: Good luck: Wild pitch lets the tying run score. Bad luck: Swisher ropes a line drive, but a diving catch turns into an inning-ending double play. Unreal. It’s 5-5.

UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: Boone Logan gets through the seventh with the game still tied.

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: Ibanez singles off the lefty — no sense pinch hitting because the Blue Jays had a right-hander loose — and there are runners at first and second with no outs in the eighth. Huge opportunity for the Yankees with Martin coming to the plate.

UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: Deep sac fly by Nunez and it’s a 6-5 Yankees lead. This would be a big win ona¬† day when it seemed they might completely fold.

UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Either a steal attempt or a hit-and-run. Either way, pinch runner Gardner was off with the pitch, letting him score from second on the single by Jeter. It’s now 7-5.

UPDATE, 4:14 p.m.: Bases-loaded single by Granderson and the lead is up to 9-5. Dickerson is going to hit for Gardner.