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Game 151: Yankees at Blue Jays09.18.11

YANKEES (91-59)
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Robinson Cano DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 1B
Russell Martin C
Chris Dickerson LF
Ramiro Pena SS

RHP Freddy Garcia (11-7, 3.71)
Garcia vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (75-76)
Mike McCoy SS
Eric Thames LF
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind DH
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Kelly Johnson 2B
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Jose Molina C

RHP Brandon Morrow (9-11, 5.23)
Morrow vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:07 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Might be the nicest day we’ve had here in Toronto.

UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Dale Scott, 2B Jerry Meals, 3B CB Bucknor

MORE ON MO: Yesterday’s save was Mariano Rivera’s 60th appearance of the season. He’s reached that plateau for the 14 times in his career, passing Mike Stanton for most in baseball history.

MVP? Curtis Granderson ranks second in the Majors with a career-high 40 home runs. He is the third Yankees center field with as many homers in a single season. Mickey Mantle hit 40 four times, and Joe DiMaggio did it twice. Granderson also leads the Majors with 4.46 pitches per play appearance, and he joins Willie Mays (1955 with the Giants) as the only players in Major League history to collect at least 40 homers, 10 triples and 20 stolen bases in a season. Mays had 51 homers, 13 triples and 24 stolen bases that season. Granderson is the ninth Yankee to reach double digits in doubles, triples, homers and stolen bases in a season.

MAGIC NUMBER: To clinch a playoff spot, the magic number is five. To clinch the division, it’s eight.

UPDATE, 1:33 p.m.: Further proof that I’m an idiot… I had just clicked on this blog post just to write something about the slow beginning to the game — not much happening, that kind of thing — and all of a sudden, Adam Lind went deep for a 1-0 Blue Jays lead in the second. The guy has some power, no doubt.

UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: Still 1-0 heading into the bottom of the third. Morrow has struck out four of the past six Yankees.

UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: Adam Lind goes deep again. Have to give Gardner credit for getting up over the wall more than I expected, but he never had a chance to make the catch. That’s another solo shot for a 2-0 Blue Jays lead in the fourth.

UPDATE, 2:32 p.m.: Bad throw by Garcia moves the lead runner to third, and a sac fly brings him home. It’s now 3-0 Blue Jays in the fifth.

UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: Garcia’s chased by a two-out single by Bautista. Here’s Aaron Laffey to face Lind, who was 2-for-2 with a pair of homers off Garcia today.

UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: Laffey walked his guy, but Ayala got out of the bases loaded jam to keep the score at 3-0. Meanwhile, the Yankees have two hits through five innings

UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: This diminished Yankees lineup is really struggling to get anything going. Even the regular guys are having a hard time. Cano, Rodriguez and Swisher just went down in order in the seventh, and it’s still a 3-0 Blue Jays lead.

UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: Thames is out of the game after fouling a ball off his own face. Seemed like he was ready to stay in initially, but Cooper is going to pinch hit.

UPDATE, 3:16 p.m.: Holy cow, it’s Raul Valdes! A September call-up finally making his debut on September 18.

UPDATE, 3:21 p.m.: Valdes struck out Lind looking, now it looks like he’s staying in to face the right-hander Encarnacion. The bases are loaded with two outs, so this is a key at-bat.

UPDATE, 3:23 p.m.: Nice work by Valdes. The Yankees have been giving Laffey plenty of chances. Wonder if two consecutive outs were enough to win Valdes a few more looks in the final week and  a half.

UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: Morrow has been dominant. He’s through eight innings, still a 3-0 lead.

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Game 136: Yankees vs. Blue Jays09.02.11

YANKEES (82-53)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano DH
Nick Swisher 1B
Eric Chavez 3B
Andruw Jones RF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 2B

RHP Ivan Nova (14-4, 3.96)
Nova vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (69-68)
Yunel Escobar SS
Eric Thames LF
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind 1B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Kelly Johnson 2B
Brett Lawrie 3B
J.P. Arencibia C
Mike McCoy CF

RHP Brandon Morrow (9-9, 4.79)
Morrow vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Starting to cool down a little bit here in New York. Should dip into the 60s during tonight’s game. Still feels pretty nice out, though. Some wind blowing from right to left.

UMPIRES: HP James Hoye, 1B Phil Cuzzi, 2B Tom Hallion, 3B Bill Miller

#WINNING: Last night, the Yankees guaranteed their 19th consecutive winning seasons. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that broke a tie with Baltimore (1968-85) for the second-longest streak of consecutive winning seasons behind the Yankees run of 39 straight from 1926 to 1964.

MORE CALL-UPS: The Yankees added left-handed reliever Aaron Laffey as a September call-up this afternoon, and they also added minor league catching coordinator Julio Mosquero to the coaching staff. It’s pretty standard for the Yankees to add a minor league coach to the big league staff in September.

BETTER THAN I WOULD HAVE DONE: The Yankees have committed an error in just one of their past 10 games (that was, of course, a four-error game on August 26 in Baltimore). Their .990 fielding percentage since August 1 is the third-best mark in the Majors during that stretch.

UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: That’s a really nice play by Gardner in left. Obviously Bautista never thought he had a shot, and the Yankees turned that into a double play to end the first. Nova’s getting knocked around so far, and the Blue Jays are up 2-0.

UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Gardner goes yard, a two-run shot to tie the game in the bottom of the third.

UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Hard to say for certain that ball would have been gone, but it was at least a double before Jones made the leaping catch at the wall. Another big play by a Yankees corner outfielder.

UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: The memory challenge, where young fans have to remember which two numbers are hiding a certain Yankees player on the video board, just featured Jesus Montero as the hidden Yankee. Very timely bit of between-inning entertainment.

UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Little two-out rally has the Yankees in front. Robinson Cano had the go-ahead single, scoring Jeter from second for a 3-2 lead. Nova’s still out there for the sixth. He’s been hit hard a few times, but he’s ultimately allowed just two hits and two runs.

UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Missed opportunity to pull away in the seventh inning, now Soriano is in to handle the eighth. Have to wonder whether Rivera is available after last night. Could be that Dave Robertson is the closer tonight.

UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: For several seconds, I forgot that was Nunez playing second. That was a Cano-quality play to end the eighth.

By the way, Rivera is warming up, so maybe Robertson wasn’t available for some reason.

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Game 90: Yankees at Blue Jays07.15.11

YANKEES (53-36)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B

RHP Freddy Garcia (7-6, 3.13)
Garcia vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (46-47)
Rajai Davis CF
Eric Thames DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Adam Lind 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
Travis Snider LF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Corey Patterson RF
Jose Molina C

RHP Brandon Morrow (5-4, 4.60)
Morrow vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m., MY9 and MLB Network

WEATHER: Another nice day in Toronto. A little hot if anything. Roof open again.

UMPIRES: HP Greg Gibson, 1B Todd Tichenor, 2B Gerry Davis, 3B Angel Hernandez

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE: The Yankees allowed 20 hits last night, but the Elias Sports Bureau says it was the first time the franchise gave up 20 or more hits without surrendering a home run in a game of nine innings or fewer in exactly 77 years. Last time it happened was July 14, 1934 against Detroit. So, no home runs. That’s a plus.

ON THE SAME SIDE: Also according to Elias, Thursday’s game was the 1,660th time that Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada played together in a regular-season game for the Yankees. They’ve moved past Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri (1,659 games) for the most games played together by any pair of teammates in Yankees history. The only other current big league teammates to play 1,000 or more games together as teammates are Jeter and Alex Rodriguez (1,050).

ON THE FLY: Last night, Brett Gardner got his fifth outfield assist of the season. He has 14 outfield assists as a left fielder the past two years, that’s the third-most among Major League left fielders in that span, one behind both Alex Gordon and Delmon Young.

UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: As Robinson Cano was digging in for his first at-bat, Jose Molina picked up chalk from the batters box and threw it on his shoes. Cano stepped out and started laughing. Pretty good

UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Gardner threw to second on Escobar’s single, and that let Thames score without a play for a 1-0 Blue Jays lead.

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Tied game after two. The Yankees got an RBI single by Nunez in the second inning, now they’re starting the third tied at 1.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: That’s just a terrific play by Encarnacion. Wow.

UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Now Encarnacion has an RBI double to give the Jays a 2-1 lead in the fourth.

UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Two-out, RBI single by Jose Molina and now it’s 3-1 Jays at the end of four.

UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: For Garcia, things have started to unravel since the middle of the fourth inning. He allowed the two runs in the fourth, and now he’s loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth. Cory Wade is getting loose in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Garcia and Cano both threw their hands up in the air when the Yankees didn’t get the call at first base, but Teixeira didn’t react, which makes me think he wasn’t surprised by the call. A run scored, the Yankees didn’t get the double play, and it’s now 4-1 in the fifth.

UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Garcia is finished after five innings. He’s left the Yankees in a 6-1 hole. He threw 95 pitches, 56 for strikes.

UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Some guy ran onto the field, lost his shoes just a few feet into the outfield, then laid on the ground and put his hands behind his back as soon as he got to the wall. I’m sure that was worth it.

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Spring Training Game 22: Yankees at Blue Jays03.18.11

YANKEES (9-11-2)
Brett Gardner LF
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Eric Chavez 1B
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Ronnie Belliard 3B
Ramiro Pena SS

RHP A.J. Burnett (1-0, 2.00)
Burnett vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (10-9)
Corey Patterson CF
John McDonald SS
Jose Bautista 3B
Adam Lind 1B
Juan Rivera RF
Travis Snider LF
Jose Molina C
Eric Thames DH
Mike McCoy 2B

RHP Brandon Morrow (1-0, 1.29)
Morrow vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., not on television

WEATHER: It’s unbelievably sunny in Dunedin today. One of those days that leaves you squinting constantly. Not much wind today, just a lot of sunshine.

UMPIRES: HP David Rackley, 1B Marty Foster, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Vic Carapazza

ON THE LINE: Sergio Mitre is making his return after dealing with a mild oblique issue. He’s under the radar in this rotation competition, but he’s actually pitched pretty well. Otherwise, the only players really competing for a job today are Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: Burnett and Mitre might have enough pitches to get through all nine innings. If not, the Yankees have Andrew Brackman behind them.

BULLPEN FOR THE BLUE JAYS: RHP Jon Rauch, LHP David Purcey and LHP Mike Hinckley

REGULAR SECOND SCENARIO: Just an observation, but a game against Morrow might be exactly the kind of day that Eric Chavez will be in the Yankees lineup this season. Girardi likes to give Alex Rodriguez some days off on that Toronto turf, and Rodriguez has never hit Morrow especially well.

DO IT AGAIN: The Yankees and Blue Jays are playing back-to-back games against one another. The Jays are coming to Tampa tomorrow, Brett Cecil vs. Freddy Garcia.

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: Burnett was just hit by a comebacker, but the consensus seems to be that it got him in the glove. There’s no replay here in Dunedin, so I can’t be certain. Either way, he’s staying in the game after being checked on the mound.

Not that Burnett is really rolling along here. He’s allowed three hits this inning — including the one off himself. The Blue Jays have also stolen two bases and scored two runs. It’s a 2-0 game with two outs in the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Don’t get to write this very often: Jose Molina just hit a no-doubt home run. It was a solo shot off A.J. Burnett, pushing the Blue Jays lead to 3-0 in the second inning.

UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Back-to-back two-out walks and a single by Curtis Granderson nearly put the Yankees on the board, but Gardner was thrown out at the plate.

UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: A strikeout of Travis Snider should have stranded a runner in the third inning, but strike three was a wild pitch that got past Russell Martin, who had to rush to try to get the out at first base and ultimately threw the ball away, letting the run score. Now Martin’s allowed a passed ball and another stolen base. Not his best day.

UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: Burnett’s rocky start lasted four innings. Mitre came in to start and fifth and has already rolled through the 2 through 5 hitters, striking out Bautista and Rivera on either side of plunking Adam Lind.

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Game 135: Yankees vs. Blue Jays09.03.10

YANKEES (84-50)
Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Lance Berkman DH
Austin Kearns RF
Ramiro Pena 3B
Eduardo Nunez SS

RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 1.93)
Nova vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (69-64)
Mike McCoy SS
Travis Snider LF
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
Adam Lind DH
John McDonald 3B
Jose Molina C

RHP Brandon Morrow (10-6, 4.27)
Morrow vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Gary Cederstrom, 1B Ed Hickox, 2B Fieldin Culbreth, 3B Jim Wolf

WEATHER: Clouds are starting to roll in, but still no rain and no tarp. Wind is blowing in pretty hard.

NO SECOND CHANCES: Last time Ivan Nova faced the Blue Jays, one hitter finished with two hits off the Yankees rookie. That was Yunel Escobar, who’s not in the lineup this afternoon.

WELCOME TO THE BRONX: Although Brandon Morrow has had considerable success against the Yankees in Toronto, he’s been hit in two starts at Yankee Stadium. His line in those two starts: 11.1 IP, 16 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 3 BB, 16 K.

THE YANKEES ACE: After yesterday’s win, CC Sabathia is now undefeated in 21 straight starts at Yankee Stadium. According to Elias, that matches the Whitey Ford for the longest undefeated streak at home by a Yankee. Ford went 21 games without a loss from August 8, 1964 to August 18, 1965.

UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: After a routine grounder to short, Ivan Nova’s first pitch to Travis Snider was a solo home run for a 1-0 Blue Jays lead.

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Curtis Granderson might have caught up to every other Yankee on that play, but Brett Gardner’s fast enough to stay a few steps ahead and score on Mark Teixeira’s double. Granderson scored one batter later to make it 2-1 Yankees.

UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: I remember being a little kid and thinking the only trick to running fast was to hold my hands perfectly flat. Apparently I was a big believer in wind resistance. How flat would my hands have to be to run as fast as Brett Gardner? It must be a lot of fun to go from Point A to Point B that quickly. It’s now 4-1 Yankees as Gardner scores from first on a double by Granderson. It’s 4-1 Yankees.

UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: How many times do you see it, the guy who was just the Name That Baby Bomber comes up in the next inning and gets a big two-out RBI single? This time it was Ramiro Pena who’s baby photo was shown after the second inning, and who drove in a run in the third. It’s 5-1 Yankees.

UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: Heading into the top of the fifth with the score 5-3. Nova gave up a couple in the fourth and the Yankees went down in order.

UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: Wonder if Joe Girardi is anticipating rain. Nova has been pretty solid this afternoon, but with two on and two out in the fifth, Boone Logan is in to face Lyle Overbay. It’s still 5-3.

UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: Brett Gardner has an RBI triple to the right-center gap and it’s a 6-3 Yankees lead… Make that a 7-3 lead on Granderson’s second RBI double of the game.

UPDATE, 4:12 p.m.: After 1.2 strong innings from Kerry Wood — which will probably earn him the win — here’s Mariano Rivera to close it with a four-run lead. Sergio Mitre was also getting loose, but Girardi’s not messing around.

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Game 125: Yankees at Blue Jays08.23.10

YANKEES (77-47)
Brett Gardner LF
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ramiro Pena 3B
Francisco Cervelli C

RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 0.00)
Nova has never faced the Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (64-59)
Fred Lewis LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Adam Lind DH
Aaron Hill 2B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Jose Molina C

RHP Brandon Morrow (9-6, 4.45)
Morrow vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Jerry Meals, 1B Mark Wegner, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Dale Scott

WEATHER: Looks like there’s a hotel blowing in from center field. The sky is so dark, it literally looks like a series of steel beams woven into a gray dome.

FIRST IN THE FIRST: Ivan Nova is not making his major league debut, but he is making his first big league start. Called up earlier this season to serve as a long man at the back of the bullpen, Nova has pitched three major league innings this season. He pitched one scoreless against the Twins and two scoreless against the Tigers.

NOT A GOOD MATCHUP: Joe Girardi did not indicate that this played into his decision to sit Derek Jeter, but it’s worth noting that Jeter is a career .188 hitter against Brandon Morrow. If Girardi had decided to give Jeter one day off in Toronto, that might have been enough to convince him today would be the day.

ANOTHER ZERO: Yesterday the Yankees got their seventh shutout of the season. That’s one away from their total from last season.

CLEANING UP: Robinson Cano as a clean-up hitter this season: .375 with 16 runs, two doubles, six home runs and 19 RBI in 12 games.

MINOR MOVES: Just got a text from Mike Ashmore: Alfredo Aceves will make his rehab start with Trenton. D.J. Mitchell and Hector Noesi have been promoted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. All of this comes on the day the promotions of Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances to Double-A became official.

UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Two-out RBI double by Cano has given the Yankees a 1-0 lead. I’m out of words to describe him.

UPDATE, 7:28p.m.: What a huge break for the Yankees, and a huge throw from Brett Gardner. Bases loaded with no outs, Gardner fielded a fairly shallow fly ball and made the perfect throw to the plate to get the lead runner trying to score. Nova makes it hold up with a strikeout to get out of the inning.

UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: There’s Nunez’s arm on display. Too bad the missed call at first base meant it went for nothing.

UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: The blown call hurts. Bautista’s 39th home run was a two-run shot for a 2-1 Blue Jays lead.

UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Nova has settled in nicely, but the Yankees haven’t been able to do anything against Morrow.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Cito Gaston was just ejected before the start of the sixth inning. Not sure why. I’m sure he was defending Escobar, but I didn’t see the moment he was ejected.

UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: Great at-bat by Cano ends with a walk, then Posada doubles him home to tie the game. Two-out RBI have saved the Yankees tonight.

UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Might have been a bit of gamesmanship by Bautista. Try to get in the kid’s head a little bit. I’m not sure Girardi had ever moved that fast in his life.

UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: That’s it for Nova. After that terrible start when he loaded the bases with no outs, he went on to pitch 5.1 innings allowing four hits and no walks. Two of the hits were infield singles, one of which should have been an out. Just a terrific outing for Nova.

UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Some guy just ran onto the field from the left-field corner. Security had him on the ground in about two seconds. Pretty impressive. Then he tried to put up a fight, which was a mistake. To paraphrase some comedian I once heard: I don’t know how many guys it was going to take to arrest him, but I know how many they were going to use. It was plenty.

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Heading back to Canada08.23.10

Mariners Yankees Baseball

After taking five of seven at home, the Yankees are back on the road this week, making their first trip to Canada since the first weekend of June.

That was back when Toronto was still one of the surprisingly good teams in baseball. Alex Rodriguez was hurt on that trip, Chad Gaudin allowed a walk-off single and the Yankees lost two of three.

At this point, the Blue Jays have fallen off, but their pitching can still cause problems. The Yankees have to face Brett Cecil and Brandon Morrow on this trip. Those two combined for 15 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB and 13 K the last time the Yankees were in Toronto.

Some things to keep in mind.

• The Yankees beat up on Morrow the past two times they faced him in New York, but they got only one win out of it.

• Cecil has pitched very well against the Yankees twice this year, but this team has gotten much better against lefties. Austin Kearns is making a big difference, and when Cecil last pitched at Yankee Stadium, it was while Marcus Thames was on the disabled list.

• Ivan Nova could give the Yankees some rotation options for the final month of the season, and he might give them something to think about for next year. When I’ve seen him, Nova’s been at his best when he’s keeping the ball on the ground. That would certainly be true against a home run hitting team like the Blue Jays.

• Just a guess, but there’s a chance you’ll see both Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez in the same lineup this series. Might be good to give Derek Jeter at least a DH day on that turf.

Associated Press photo of Nick Swisher

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Game 57: Yankees at Blue Jays06.06.10

YANKEES (34-22)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Javier Vazquez (4-5, 6.06)
Career vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (33-24)
Fred Lewis LF
Aaron Hill 2B
Adam Lind DH
Vernon Wells CF
Jose Bautista 3B
Alex Gonzalez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jeremy Reed RF
Jose Molina C

RHP Brandon Morrow (4-4, 6.00)
Career vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:07 p.m. / YES Network and TBS

UMPIRES: HP Bruce Dreckman, 1B Paul Emmel, 2B Bill Hohn, 3B Gary Darling

WEATHER: It’s a little bit rainy outside — and kind of chilly — so the roof is closed again. This place is a lot better with the roof open.

Cotto Forman BoxingSTADIUM SLUGFEST: I was a little surprised at just how many Yankees were talking about last night’s Stadium Slugfest at Yankee Stadium. Miguel Cotta beat Yuri Foreman with a ninth-round TKO, and a lot of players watched at least part of it. CC Sabathia and Dave Robertson talked about it for quite a while.

“I just really wanted to see what it looked like,” Girardi said. “I actually would have liked to have seen the setup in person. When we play, everything is all lit up and you can see everything. The sense that I got was that everything was out in the right field area, but I didn’t have a total perception of what it was like.”

On the right is an AP shot of the setup.

A LITTLE EXTRA: Yesterday’s game was only the Yankees second extra-inning game of the season and it snapped a streak of five consecutive extra-inning wins dating back to last season. According to ESPN, the last time the Yankees lost a game of 14 innings or more was July 11, 1993 in Anaheim.

THE POWER OF THREE: One other note about last night’s game, it was only the Yankees second loss in which they allowed three runs or fewer this season. They are 30-2 in those games.

UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: Well that didn’t work out. An infield single got away from the shortstop and third baseman, and Alex Rodriguez realized too late that he had an opportunity to get to second. By the time he made the turn and decided to go for it, the Blue Jays had time to make the play.

UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: That pitch to Swisher looked inside, and Swish was not pleased by the strike three call. He and Jeter both struck out to strand Gardner — who tripled — at third.

UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: Very nice pitch to strikeout Adam Lind here in the third. Vazquez walked the lead-off hitter — Jose Molina or all people — but got a strikeout, a near double play and another strikeout to strand the runner. We’re through three scoreless. Vazquez and Morrow both look awfully good.

UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: Foul popup, strikeout, strikeout. Vazquez just breezed through the most dangerous part of the Blue Jays lineup. Still scoreless heading into the fifth.

UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: The changeup has been a huge pitch for Vazquez. He’s through five innings scoreless. The Yankees just need some runs at this point.

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Obviously the home runs stand out about this Blue Jays team, but this rotation is pretty good. Brett Cecil and Ricky Romero looked great the past two days, Brandon Morrow looks outstanding today — especially his slider — and the Yankees haven’t even seen Shaun Marcum.

UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: One of the other writers up here called it. Home run by Vernon Wells breaks up the no-hitter and gives the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth.

UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: Teixeira has hit two balls pretty well today but has an 0-for-3 to show for it. Nice play by Alex Gonzalez to get Teixeira out leading off the seventh.

UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: Six trips to the plate with a runner in scoring position, the Yankees have to so much as put the ball in play. Five strikeouts and a walk. Needless to say, the Blue Jays still lead 2-0.

UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Cervelli really seems to get drilled a lot. He was just smoked by a fastball to the shoulder, and that’s Morrow’s last pitch of the game. He came off the field to a much deserved ovation. Here’s Scott Downs out of the bullpen with a 2-0 lead, no outs and a runner at first.

UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Now Gardner gets hit. Sudden command issues have given the Yankees a chance here in the eighth.

UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: Jeter comes through with an RBI double to right. Cervelli scored and Gardner moved to third. Time for the heart of this order to make up for yesterday. It’s 2-1 Toronto.

UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: Someone getting thrown out of this game was just a matter of time. Girardi gets run for arguing after Swisher struck out looking.

UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: Apparently Girardi isn’t the only person who believes Teixeira is still a threat. The Blue Jays just walked Tex to setup the double play and face Rodriguez with the bases loaded. History has shown that to be a terrible, terrible idea.

UPDATE, 3:33 p.m.: Wild pitch has tied the game at 2. Rodriguez told Gardner to stay at third, but I’m guessing A-Rod forgot who was on base.

UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: Big two-run, two-out base hit from Cano puts the Yankees in front 4-2.

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: Cervelli leaves the bases loaded, but the Yankees have taken a 4-2 lead and are turning the game over to Joba Chamberlain in the eighth.

UPDATE, 3:52 p.m.: I have no idea what happened. Rivera came in, then the umpires talked, then Marte came in. Either Tony Pena signaled for the wrong pitcher or the Yankees sent the wrong pitcher from the bullpen.

UPDATE, 4:05 p.m.: Marte got the last out in the eighth, now here comes Rivera to close it out in the ninth. It’s a 4-3 lead.

UPDATE, 4:08 p.m.: Interesting. Ramiro Pena is in to play third.

UPDATE, 4:09 p.m.: I’ve said it before, it’s a lot of fun watching Pena play the field. Not the easiest hop in the world, and Pena turned it into the first out of the inning.

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