• For a while it seemed Austin Romine was ready to play again, but Romine was a late scratch in the Yankees lineup, replaced by Chris Stewart at catcher. Romine said that it was a matter of miscommunication with the training staff and he still needs some time to get back his concussion symptoms. He was hurt a week ago on a foul tip in Baltimore.
• More injury news from lefty Boone Logan, who has returned from his visit with Dr. James Andrews. Logan still wants to pitch this season, but Andrews found evidence of a bone spur in his left elbow. Logan’s been dealing with some elbow issues since spring training. This would seem to explain it.
• Obviously Alex Rodriguez is back in the lineup after being scratched Sunday because of calf tightness. And Alfonso Soriano is back in there after playing through a sprained thumb on Sunday. So far, no indication of a late scratch.
• Also worth noting the continued appearance of Brendan Ryan in the lineup. He’s actually hit a little bit, and obviously he’s a defensive upgrade over Eduardo Nunez. Girardi vowed to use both Ryan and Nunez at short, but Ryan has started every game since joining the Yankees.
• The Blue Jays are a bad team, and they’re out of the race. But Bob Klapisch notes that they seem motivated to play the role of spoiler against the Yankees. “They’ve beaten us like a drum for most of the year, and it would give us great satisfaction to return the favor,” manager John Gibbons told Klapisch. “We’re a little outgunned right now because of all the kids we’re playing, but we’d like the satisfaction of making a difference in this race.”
• If you haven’t already, be sure to set aside some time to read Ian O’Connor’s latest piece on Mariano Rivera. Remarkable look at all of the folks Rivera has been meeting with this season, and the impact Rivera’s had on their lives (and vice versa).
• Had to miss one last trip this season, so I’m not in Toronto. But I’ll obviously keep blogging throughout this series and pickup the team again this weekend through the end of the season.
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