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Game 17: Yankees at Blue Jays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 21, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (10-6)
Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix 3B
Chris Stewart C

RHP Ivan Nova (1-1, 5.59)
Nova vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (7-11)
Munenori Kawasaki SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind DH
J.P. Arencibia C
Colby Rasmus CF
Brett Lawrie 3B
Maicer Izturis 2B

RHP Josh Johnson (0-1, 6.91)
Johnson vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: One last game under the Canadian dome before moving to the St. Pete dome.

UMPIRES: HP Tim Timmons, 1B Mike Winters, 2B Mark Wegner, 3B Laz Diaz

WANG’S DEBUT: Chien-Ming Wang pitched 5.1 scoreless innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last night. He was making his first start in the Yankees’ system since 2009, and scattered six hits to go with three strikeouts and no walks. Wang got nine ground ball outs, only two in the air.

LOOKING TO SWEEP: With a win today, the Yankees would have their first sweep of Toronto at Rogers Centre in a series of at least three games since 2003. The Yankees are 4-1 this season in series finales, having lost their first such game on Thursday against Arizona.

RUSSELL WHO? Yankees catchers have a .304 (17-for-56) batting average this season, the fifth-highest mark in the Majors. In 2012, the Yankees catchers ranked 24th in batting in the Majors (.220, 119-for-542) and 17th in OBP (.308).

UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Nunez makes a throwing error on a double play he wasn’t likely to turn anyway. What really cost the Yankees were the back-to-back singles to open the first inning. It’s a quick 1-0 Blue Jays lead after one.

UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: Nova allows a leadoff double here in the second.

UPDATE, 1:48 p.m.: Sac fly and a 2-0 Jays lead.

UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: Chris Stewart — yes, that Chris Stewart — gives the Yankees a solo homer to cut the lead to 2-1 in the third.

UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: Chris Stewart is hitting homers. Travis Hafner is stealing bases. It’s getting zany here in Toronto, but the inning is over without another Yankees run.

UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: Wells makes a terrific catch, starts a 7-4-3 double play, then tips his cap to the fans who have been screaming at him all series. That was fun.

UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: Two-out, bases-loaded walk for Overbay to tie the game at 2 in the top of the fifth. Wells also had a hit this inning. The Blue Jays fans are furious.

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: And now a bases loaded walk for Nunez. Johnson looking lost at this point. It’s a 3-2 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: Before this inning started, Sweeny Murti and I were talking about this as a perfect opportunity — facing left-right-left — to bring in Boone Logan to open the inning. Instead, Nova is shaky again and now there are two on with no outs with Logan finally coming in to face Rasmus.

UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Rasmus breaks his bat, but still gets a single into shallow left-center field to cut the Yankees lead to 4-3. Still no outs. Runners at the corners.

UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Now Lawrie has a double barely inside the foul line and it’s a 5-4 Blue Jays lead in the sixth. Wild turn of events here.

UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: Man at second with no outs, but Hafner and Overbay each struck out, and now it’s up to Nunez against new right-handed reliever Esmil Rogers.




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