RHP Masahiro Tanaka (12-4, 2.51)
Tanaka vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (78-76)
Jose Reyes SS
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Dioner Navarro C
Dan Johnson 1B
Munenori Kawasaki 3B
Dalton Pompey LF
Ryan Goins 2B
Anthony Gose CF
RHP Drew Hutchison (10-12, 4.51)
Hutchison vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It’s a little damp from some rain this morning and still pretty cloudy, but the forecast says the chances of the precipitation are pretty light this afternoon. Temps are in the 70s.
UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Jeff Nelson, 2B Laz Diaz, 3B Scott Barry
TANAKA TIME: Masahiro Tanaka will be making his first start since July 8 today in an attempt to see how his right elbow holds up after suffering a partial UCL tear. He’ll be on a limited pitch count, likely somewhere in the range of 70-75. It’s likely that his franchise record of at least six innings pitched in each of his first 18 starts will be snapped.
STARTING BLOCKS: Yankees starters recorded at least five innings pitched and allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine consecutive games from 09/12-9/19, producing a 1.61 ERA in that span.
ROLL CALL: The Yankees have used 56 players in 2014, matching their single-season franchise-high set in 2013. On Tuesday, they added infielder Jose Pirela to the roster, who could make his Major League debut and allow the Yankees to set a new franchise record.
UPDATE, 1:17 p.m.: Tanaka got through a 14-pitch first inning, and by all accounts, his elbow still appears to be attached to his arm. He gave up singles to the first two batters that he faced, but then got Encarnacion to ground into a 6-4-3 double play and struck out Navarro to end the inning. Reyes scored on the DP ball, so Toronto is up 1-0.
UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: McCann hit a two-out solo shot to tie the score at 1-1 in the first. That was his 21st homer of the year.
UPDATE, 1:48 p.m.: The Yankees had a great opportunity to score in the second when Cervelli walked and Ichiro doubled with two outs, but after originally waving Cervelli home, third base coach Robby Thomson changed his mind at the last second and threw up the stop sign on Cervelli. The next batter up was Ryan, who struck out to leave both runners stranded. Tanaka worked around a Kawasaki double in the top half of the inning and is at 26 pitches heading into the third. It’s still 1-1.
UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: Tanaka has cruised since the first inning. He just finished the fifth at 61 pitches, which leads me to believe he’ll be back out to start the sixth. He hasn’t allowed a hit in his last three innings of work. The Yankees bats have also remained quiet, so we’re still tied at 1-1.
UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: After allowing a one-out single to Encarnacion in the sixth on his 70th pitch, Tanaka has been replaced by Adam Warren. We’ll have to see how Tanaka feels postgame, but on the surface, this start went about as smoothly as the Yankees could have hoped for. If Warren can get out of this slight jam, then Tanaka will be in line for his 13th win thanks to Gardner’s solo homer in the fifth. Yanks lead 2-1.
UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: The Jeter magic continues. After a leadoff double from Gardner in the seventh, Jeter laced an RBI double down the left field line that blew the roof of this place. That’s the loudest I’ve heard it here all season. Jeter then stole third for his 10 stolen base of the season and McCann followed with his second homer of the game to make it 5-1 Yankees.