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Game 92: Yankees at Blue Jays07.17.11

YANKEES (54-37)
Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada 1B
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ramiro Pena 3B

RHP Phil Hughes (0-2, 10.57)
Hughes vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (47-48)
Rajai Davis CF
Eric Thames DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Adam Lind 1B
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Travis Snider LF
Aaron Hill 2B
J.P. Arencibia C
Corey Patterson RF

RHP Carlos Villanueva (5-1, 2.99)
Villanueva vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Roof just opened about 40 minutes ago. It’s pretty hot here, and apparently they wanted to keep the sun out of the stadium as long as possible.

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

LET THE SUNSHINE IN: The Yankees are 27-5 in day games this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Major League team to win at least 27 of their first 32 day games was the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955. They began the year 28-5 in day contests.

CLOSING REMARKS: The Yankees are 20-10 in series finales this season. They’ve won 12 of their past 17 series-ending games.

THREE’S ENOUGH: The Yankees are one of three teams that have not lost more than three straight road games this season. The White Sox and Dodgers also have yet to lose three straight on the road. The Yankees had lost three straight road games before yesterday’s win.

THE END: Today makes the 70th anniversary of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak coming to an end. He went 0-for-3 with a walk on July 17, 1941, having hit .408 during the streak.

UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: Could have been a huge first inning, but the Yankees have to settle for a 1-0 lead after stranding the bases loaded. Jorge Posada struck out and Russell Martin lined out to end it.

UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: It’s only one inning, and he gave up a hit, but I thought Hughes’ stuff looked pretty good. He was keeping his fastball in the zone — at 93 mph — and that curveball looked legitimate. Got all three outs on the curve, including on a 3-2 pitch to Lind.

UPDATE, 1:49 p.m.: Two more curveball outs for Hughes in the second inning. Two hits let the Blue Jays tie the game, but he got through the bottom of the order to leave a runner stranded. He’s already approaching 40 pitches.

UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Well that’s one of the weirder plays I’ve ever seen. Posada’s off the bag, ump rules that Escobar also missed the bag, and Posada gets the tag for the out. I guess it worked. Hughes is through the third, still a 1-1 game.

UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: RBI doubles by Martin and Granderson, sac fly by Pena. It’s now 5-1 Yankees in the middle of the fourth. Back-to-back two-out hits by Gardner and Granderson made the biggest difference.

UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: There’s a six-pitch fifth for Hughes, who’s now at 71 pitches and looking like he could pitch through the seventh. It’s 5-2.

UPDATE, 2:56 p.m.: Hughes really settled in. He’s at 80 pitches through six innings. Meanwhile, Brett Gardner now has his third three-hit game of the series.

UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: Well I thought we’d see Hughes for one more, but he’s out and Cory Wade is in to start the seventh.

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Game 46: Yankees vs. Blue Jays05.23.11

YANKEES (25-20)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Jorge Posada DH
Brett Gardner LF
Chris Dickerson RF

RHP Bartolo Colon (2-2, 3.16)
Colon vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (23-23)
Rajai Davis CF
Corey Patterson LF
Jose Bautista RF
Yunel Escobar SS
Juan Rivera 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
Eric Thames DH
J.P. Arencibia C
Edwin Encarnacion 3B

RHP Carlos Villanueva (1-0, 1.48)
Villanueva vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Little chilly, but not as bad as I thought it might be. Feels a little bit like last week in Baltimore when it felt like rain could start falling at any moment.

UMPIRES: HP Scott Barry, 1B John Hirschbeck, 2B Wally Bell, 3B Laz Diaz

CLEANING UP AGAIN: In his past six games, Alex Rodriguez is hitting .481 with seven runs, one double, and three homers.

A DAY EARLY: Bartolo Colon turns 38 years old tomorrow. He’s already been on the roster longer than I expected, but like Joe Girardi said pregame, at this point it’s more surprising to see him struggle.

ONE AWAY: The Yankees next win will be Girardi’s 313th as manager. That win will move him into a tie with Buck Showalter for the eighth-most managerial wins in franchise history.

ON THIS DATE: On May 23, 1962, rookie Joe Pepitone hit two-home runs during a nine-run eighth inning. He remains one of only four Yankees to hit two homers in a single inning (Joe DiMaggio, Cliff Johnson and Alex Rodriguez). Also, I don’t think I’d ever heard of Cliff Johnson until this very moment. Heard of the other guys, though.

UPDATE, 7:11 p.m.: Bautista just hit a home run. Of course he did.

UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: Pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve seen a guy swing, miss and fling his bat all the way to shortstop. Pretty impressive, really.

UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Sac fly has tied the game at 1. Granderson scored the run, but he didn’t hit a homer. Shame on him.

UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Things got out of control very quickly. An intentional walk backfired and now the Blue Jays hav a 6-1 lead in the sixth. J.P Arencibia’s three-run double is making the biggest difference.

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