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Game 24: Blue Jays at Yankees

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Apr 28, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (14-9)
Ichiro Suzuki CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Jayson Nix 3B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

RHP Phil Hughes (0-2, 5.14)
Hughes vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (9-16)
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Melky Cabrera LF
Adam Lind 1B
Maicer Izturis 2B
Henry Blanco C
Munenori Kawasaki SS

RHP R.A. Dickey (2-3, 4.66)
Dickey vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network & TBS

WEATHER: Another beautiful day for baseball.

UMPIRES: HP Chris Conroy, 1B Paul Schrieber, 2B Chad Fairchild, 3B Jeff Kellogg

RECENT RUN: The Yankees are 13-5 (.722) since April 7th after starting the year with a 1-4 record. That is the second-best winning percentage in MLB over that stretch.

ARMS RACE: Yankees pitchers have posted a 3.18 ERA (164 IP, 58 ER) in the last 18 games, the third-best mark in the AL (trailing only Texas and Kansas City).

FORMER JAY HURTING TORONTO: Vernon Wells is batting .440 (11 for 25) with eight runs, three homers and six RBI in six games against the Blue Jays this season.

(I’ll be updating what’s going on in the game here every so often, but I’ll be much more active on Twitter. Follow me @vzmercogliano to join in the conversation!)

UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: Boesch got the Yankees on the board in the second with a solo homer to right (Girardi continues to push the right buttons with this lineup), but the Blue Jays tied it up with three straight two-out singles in the fourth. Each hit was pretty dinky, as Hughes has looked very good. He already has six strikeouts and has been getting a lot of them with his slider, which has been especially sharp.

UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: Hughes gave up a second run on Izturis’ RBI double in the sixth, which gives Toronto a 2-1 lead. He’s struck out nine on 111 pitches, so my guess is that he’s probably done. As well as he’s pitched, he’s in position to lose this game if the Yankees’ bats don’t wake up soon.

UPDATE, 3:11 p.m.: Signs of life from the Yankees offense thanks to Lyle Overbay. He just blasted a two-out, two-run homer into the Yankee bullpen to give them a 3-2 lead in the seventh. It was just the fourth hit of the game allowed by Dickey.

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