Brett Gardner CF
Ben Francisco DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Vernon Wells LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Jayson Nix 3B
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 2.87)
Kuroda vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (7-10)
Rajai Davis RF
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista DH
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
J.P. Arencibia C
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Maicer Izturis 2B
Munenori Kawasaki SS
LHP Mark Buehrle (1-0, 7.31)
Buehrle vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:07 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It was snowing during my taxi ride to the stadium. Once again, I’m thankful for the dome.
UMPIRES: HP Laz Diaz, 1B Tim Timmons, 2B Mike Winters, 3B Mark Wegner
OH CANADA: Brett Gardner has a .366 (30-for-82) career average with 17 runs, five doubles, six triples and a homer in 28 career games at the Rogers Centre. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Gardner has the highest batting average among all players with at least 75 career at-bats at Rogers Centre.
BRETT THE JET: Also, Gardner has the second-most triples by any visiting player in Rogers Centre history, trailing only Carl Crawford who has seven. The only ballpark in which Gardner has more career triples is the current Yankee Stadium, where he has seven in 229 games.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: Travis Hafner has at least one RBI against each of the six teams the Yankees have faced this season and has homered against five of them (all but Detroit).
UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Kuroda pitches around the one-out double by Cabrera and it’s still a scoreless game after one inning.
UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: Wells goes deep off the foul net in left field. It’s 1-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: Francisco hit the ball fairly hard, but it’s an out to center to end the top of the third with Gardner left stranded at first base. Still a 1-0 game.
UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: Izturis drops a routine toss at second base, botches a potential double play, and the Yankees have two on with one out and Cervelli at the plate.
UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Cervelli goes down looking. Ichiro loads the bases with an infield single. Nunez pops out to shallow right field. Yankees strand three and it’s still 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: Gardner’s second hit of the day is a fifth-inning double and the Yankees are in business with no outs, runners at second and third, and the 2, 3 and 4 hitters due up.
UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: Line drive gets past Lawrie at third, Gardner finds an extra gear going home and it’s a two-run single by Youkilis. Up to a 3-0 lead for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: Kuroda hasn’t allowed a hit since that Cabrera double in the first. He’s through the fifth having retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced.
UPDATE, 2:39 p.m.: Youkilis out. Overbay in. They’re calling it a defensive replacement — which, technically it is — but I can’t help wondering if there’s something wrong with Youkilis.
UPDATE, 3:26 p.m.: Robertson into the game in the eighth, got a quick out before allowing two-out walk and a two-out RBI single that has pulled the Blue Jays within 3-1. Meanwhile, Youkilis was pulled with tightness in his back.
UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: Well, there goes that. Another two-out single has tied the game at 3. This one skipped off Gardner’s chest in center field, letting the tying run score without a play.