Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C
LHP CC Sabathia (3-2, 3.34)
Sabathia vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (9-15)
Rajai Davis CF
Malky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
J.P. Arencibia C
Brett Lawrie 3B
Mark DeRosa DH
Maicer Izturis SS
Emilio Bonifacio 2B
LHP J.A. Happ (2-1, 3.68)
Happ vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 60s and 50s. Bright blue sky overhead.
UMPIRES: HP Jeff Kellogg, 1B Chris Conroy, 2B Paul Schrieber, 3B Chad Fairchild
TODAY’S TRANSACTIONS: The Yankees placed C Francisco Cervelli on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right hand and RHP Ivan Nova on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation of the right triceps. … Recalled C Austin Romine from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. … Signed LHP Vidal Nuno to a Major League contract and selected him to the Major League roster. … Transferred SS Derek Jeter to the 60-day disabled list.
CLOSING IT OUT: Mariano Rivera allowed three hits in a scoreless ninth inning on Friday. It was just the second time in his career he allowed at least three hits in one inning or less without allowing any runs (also May 10, 1997). Rivera has converted all eight save chances to start the season. His streak to start the season is the third-longest such streak of his career (saved first 28 opportunities in 2008 and first 12 in 2004).
KEEPING IT CLOSE: The Yankees are 7-1 in games decided by two or fewer runs, and they’re 2-0 in one-run games. Perhaps it’s little coincidence, then, that over the last five games the Yankees bullpen has allowed just nine hit, 3ER and 3BB in 15.0IP (1.80 ERA, 19K).
UPDATE, 4:27 p.m.: Welcome back to the lineup Kevin Youkilis. His first at-bat in a week is a 5-4 ground ball that ends the first inning with a runner stranded at third base.
UPDATE, 4:54 p.m.: Couple of hits here in the third inning have put the Blue Jays on the board. Nunez tried to make a leaping catch but couldn’t hold on, and that one-out single eventually came around and scored for a 1-0 Toronto lead.
UPDATE, 5:06 p.m.: Line drive solo homer for Bautista. Never got very high, but it was hit plenty hard. It’s now 2-0.
UPDATE, 5:10 p.m.: Nice throw by Ichiro, but Stewart lost the ball on the tag and Encarnacion is safe for a 3-0 Blue Jays lead. Replay shows that Stewart had the ball in his glove, it just popped out late in the tag. Glove might have hit the ground as Encarnacion came down. Don’t see that very often, but it’s cost the Yankees.
UPDATE, 5:21 p.m.: Hey look, a DH who can hit! Youkilis goes deep off Happ, a three-run homer — his sixth of the year — to tie the game at 3.
UPDATE, 5:51 p.m.: Solo homer by Lawrie has the Blue Jays back in front. Sabathia has allowed nine hits today.
UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: Little bit gutsy. Little bit dumb. Wells just stole third, then Hafner hit a go-ahead triple off a left-hander. Seriously, read that sentence again. It’s 5-4 Yankees in the seventh.