Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Curtis Granderson RF
Jayson Nix SS
David Adams 3B
Austin Romine C
RHP David Phelps
Phelps vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (17-25)
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
J.P Arencibia C
Adam Lind 1B
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Maicer Izturis SS
Emilio Bonifacio 2B
RHP Brandon Morrow
Morrow vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Temperatures are in the mid to high 60s. It’s cloudy, but there’s only a 10 percent chance of rain.
UMPIRES: HP Rob Drake, 1B Sam Holbrook, 2B Joe West, 3B Andy Fletcher
PECKING ORDER IN TACT VS. JAYS: The Blue Jays were expected to contend in the AL East this year, but the Yankees have won seven of the last eight between the teams this year.
NO EXTRAS, THANK YOU: The Yankees will play one short today unless Reid Brignac arrives in time, but that isn’t expected. They acquired Brignac last night and DFA’d Alberto Gonzalez, but Brignac is still in transit. For their sake, they don’t want to go into extra innings tonight, that’s for sure.
THEY HAVE HIS BACK: Yankee relievers have pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings in support of Phelps during his three starts.
I’ll have pregame notes in a bit. They were delayed because Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman were available prior to today’s game. Check back for more from Steinbrenner in a few minutes. In the meantime, I’ll post some updates here and on Twitter @LoHudYankees, which I will man today in Chad’s stead.
UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: Cano ripped two home runs so far today, moving him into the AL lead with 12 homers. He’s the only Yankee to have a multi-homer game this season (also did it Apr. 8 at Cleveland) and now has 12 such games in his career.
Surprisingly, Cano has never hit three in one game. He certainly still has time.
UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: Phelps is probably done after seven strong and 113 pitches. He was wild early, but finished strong, striking out eight free-swinging Jays while allowing six hits, three walks and just the one run. Another solid start.
UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: Hafner now has seven home runs in exactly 100 at-bats as a Yankees. Not surprisingly, he’s been his best at home. He now has five homers in just 54 ABs at Yankee Stadium.
In unrelated news, the Blue Jays are an embarrassment.