Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Curtis Granderson LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix SS
Chris Stewart C
RHP Ivan Nova (6-4, 2.99)
Nova vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (57-67)
Jose Reyes SS
Rajai Davis CF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Adam Lind 1B
Brett Lawrie 3B
Maicer Izturis 2B
Josh Thole C
Kevin Pillar LF
RHP Esmil Rogers (3-7, 4.91)
Rogers vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Pretty warm and sunny. If there has to be a doubleheader, this seems like a good day for it so far.
UMPIRES: HP Scott Barry, 1B Adam Hamari, 2B Ted Barrett, 3B Mike DiMuro
PLUNKED: Yankees batters were hit by four pitches in Sunday’s win (Rodriguez, Gardner, Nix, Cano), marking their most hit batters in a single game since April 15, 2000 against Kansas City (also four that day: Tino Martinez, Bernie Williams and Clay Bellinger twice). The Yankees were hit six times over the three-game series in Boston matching the Yankees’ most hit batters in a series of any length against any team over the last 100 seasons.
DOUBLE DIP: The Yankees are playing their third doubleheader of the season. They split their other doubleheaders on May 13 at Cleveland and June 19 against the Dodghers. The Yankees have gone 14-1-18 in doubleheaders since 2000, getting swept just once — on September 17, 2006 against Boston at Yankee Stadium.
THREE AWAY: Ichiro Suzuki needs three hits to reach 4,000 in his career, combining his Major League numbers with his numbers from Japan.
UPDATE, 1:34 p.m.: Hard to let the first three batters reach base without giving up a run. The Blue Jays are on the board with two runners on base and no outs here in the second inning. Some fan right beneath the press box suggests Nova should “throw strikes,” which does seem like sound advice.
UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: Well this hasn’t been a very good inning for Nova. Four hits. A walk. A hit batter. Four runs. And it’s not over yet.
UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Nova finally got out of his half of the second, but the Yankees weren’t able to capitalize in their half of the inning. It’s still 4-0.
UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Cano’s 200th career homer is a three-run shot to pull the Yankees within 4-3 in the third.
DEMPSTER DISCIPLINED: Ryan Dempster has received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing at Alex Rodriguez on Sunday. Unless appealed, Dempster’s suspension is scheduled to begin tonight. Joe Girardi has received an undisclosed fine for his argument with Umpire Brian O’Nora.
UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: Didn’t see that coming. That’s a three-run homer by Chris Stewart to put the Yankees in front. He’d gone 173 at-bats since his last homer.
UPDATE, 3:42 p.m.: Big out for Kelley to strand the runners and keep the lead.
UPDATE, 3:47 p.m.: Ichiro’s next hit will be No. 4,000.
UPDATE, 3:48 p.m.: RBI double by Cano gives the Yankees an extra run, and there are still no outs in the inning.