Ichiro Suzuki RF
Vernon Wells DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C
LHP Andy Pettitte (8-9, 4.39)
Pettitte vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (57-70)
Jose Reyes SS
Rajai Davis CF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Mark DeRosa DH
Brett Lawrie 3B
J.P. Arencibia C
Moises Sierra RF
Kevin Pillar LF
Munenori Kawasaki 2B
LHP JA Happ (3-2, 4.93)
Happ vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. (delayed to 4:30), YES Network
WEATHER: Of course the weather turns rainy on get-away day. Looks like there might be enough of a window to get this in.
UMPIRES: HP Mike DiMuro, 1B Scott Barry, 2B Alfonso Marquez, 3B Ted Barrett
THE COMFORTS OF HOME: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees are 29-0 this season in home games in which they have held a lead of more than one run.
CANOTABLE: Robinson Cano has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games, batting .459 with 10 runs, six doubles, two homers, 11 RBI and eight walks over the span.
HOSPITALITY TENT: The Yankees have a 12-game home winning streak against Toronto, which is their longest such streak against the Blue Jays. It is the Yankees’ longest home winning streak against any single team since beating Kansas City in 14 straight games in the Bronx from August 7, 2002 to April 13, 2006.
UPDATE, 4:39 p.m.: Three hour and 33 minute delay. In the words of Joe Girardi: It’s not what you want. But Pettitte is off to a flying start with a quick out here in the first.
UPDATE, 4:47 p.m.: A rare successful pickoff that doesn’t result in an out, but it makes little difference as Pettitte gets a quick popup to end the inning.
UPDATE, 5:12 p.m.: Pettitte is through three scoreless. Obviously a good sign so far.
UPDATE, 5:47 p.m.: Bang-bang play would have loaded the bases, but the Yankees didn’t get the call and threat ended just in time for J.P. Arencibia to hit a solo homer and give the Blue Jays a lead.
UPDATE, 5:57 p.m.: Sharp grounder to third base came just at the right time for Pettitte. He got the double play he needed, wiggled out of significant trouble and kept the deficit at one run. He’s at 78 pitches through five innings.
UPDATE, 6:03 p.m.: It’s the Grandy Man! And he sure can!
UPDATE, 6:13 p.m.: Pretty sure that’s a botched call. Looks like Davis made the catch, but it goes the Yankees way and they have a 2-1 lead.
UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: Wells doesn’t get a single, he settles for a fielder’s choice on that play. Baseball is weird.
UPDATE, 6:44 p.m.: Nunez with a big two-run single to give the Yankees some breathing room here in the sixth. It’s a 4-1 lead as the Yankees are surely about to turn the game over to the bullpen.
UPDATE, 7:00 p.m.: Shawn Kelley having a rough inning here. Walk and three straight singles. Usually it’s a disappointment any time he doesn’t get a strikeout.