Game 150: Yankees at Blue Jays • 09.17.11
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Jesus Montero DH
Brett Gardner LF
Austin Romine C
RHP Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.55)
Colon vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (75-75)
Mike McCoy SS
Kelly Johnson 2B
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind 1B
David Cooper DH
Colby Rasmus CF
Brett Lawrie 3B
Adam Loewen LF
Jose Molina C
RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.09)
Alvarez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:07 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It’s starting to get chilly here in Canada, and probably back home in New York as well.
UMPIRES: HP CB Bucknor, 1B Dan Iassogna, 2B Dale Scott, 3B Jerry Meals
KEEPING IT CLOSE: The Yankees have had eight of their past 11 games — including six on this road trip — decided by one run. They are 20-23 overall in one-run contests. Five of their past six losses have come in their opponents’ last at-bat, including four walk-off losses on the current road trip.
COMFORTABLE IN THE DOME: Nick Swisher is batting .385 (10-for-26) at Rogers Centre this season and has hit safely in each of his past 12 games in Toronto dating back to last August.
IT GETS BETTER: The Yankees are 32-16 in the second game of a series in 2011.
MAGIC NUMBER: The Yankees magic number to clinch a playoff spot is six. The magic number to clinch the AL East is 10.
UPDATE, 1:19 p.m.: Base knock in Rodriguez’s first at-bat of the day.
UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Three straight Blue Jays hits open the bottom of the second. They’re now up 1-0, still with no outs and runners at second and third.
UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: You’ve been wanting to see Betances. Maybe this is the day. Colon is getting knocked around here in the second inning. The Blue Jays are up 4-0 and still have a runner at third with two outs.
UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: So Colon got knocked around in the second, then breezed through the middle of the order in the third.
UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: Very nice catch by Rasmus, and Cano’s doubled off at second, costing the Yankees a run. They got one that inning, but it’s still a 4-1 Blue Jays lead.
UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Colon is finished after four innings. Here’s Proctor with a 6-1 Blue Jays lead in the fifth.
UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: Rodriguez just smoked a line drive home run to left. It’s his second hit of a game, a three-run shot that pulls the Yankees within 6-5.
UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: Laffey pitches a scoreless sixth and the Yankees are still within one heading into the final three innings. They’re into the Blue Jays bullpen.
UPDATE, 3:17 p.m.: Granderson breaks out of his slump right when the Yankees needed him. His two-run homer in the seventh as pushed the Yankees into the lead, 7-6.