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Game 157: Yankees at Blue Jays09.27.10

YANKEES (93-63)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Austin Kearns LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C

RHP A.J. Burnett (10-14, 5.05)
Burnett vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (80-75)
Travis Snider LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
John Buck C
Adam Lind DH
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
John McDonald 2B

LHP Marc Rzepczynski
Rzepczynski vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Jeff Nelson, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Jeff Kellog, 3B Larry Vanover

WEATHER: Dome. Which is nice, because it’s pretty cold up here.

ONE MORE: If the Yankees win tonight, they’ll clinch a spot in the playoffs. They could also clinch if Boston loses.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Yankees will play their final six regular-season games on the road. They are 41-34 away from Yankee Stadium this season, the third-best road record in the big leagues behind Tampa Bay (45-32) and San Diego (43-35).

IT’S BEEN A GOOD MONTH: Alex Rodriguez has a home run in four of his past eight at-bats. He has eight home runs this month, his highest one-month total since June of 2008 when he hit nine.

WALK OFF: Last night was the Yankees first walk-off walk since 2004 when Jorge Posada was walked by Jorge Julio in the ninth. The last time the Yankees had a walk-off walk in extra inning was May 9, 2000 when Jim Morris walked Paul O’Neill in the 10th.

UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: A lead-off double has done the damage here in the first. Otherwise, Burnett has allowed only two routine ground balls, but those were enough to move Travis Snider from second to third, and from third to home for a 1-0 Blue Jays lead.

UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: John Buck just went deep to left-center field and one of the other writers — not me — called it. It’s 2-0 Blue Jays in the second.

UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: Three-run home run by Vernon Wells and this thing has gotten out of hand pretty quickly. It’s already 5-0 Blue Jays in the third.

UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Must admit, I wasn’t expecting a start quite like this out of Burnett. He seemed to be showing some signs of getting on track lately, but this was just brutal. He’s out after 2.1 innings. It’s already 6-0 and Burnett is responsible for the runners at the corners.

UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Albaladejo and Moseley have done their part to keep the Jays from extending their lead, and red-hot Granderson’s two-run homer has put the Yankees on the board, but Burnett really left them in a huge hole and it’s still a 7-2 game after five.

UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: It was easy to give up on this game four innings ago, but Mark Teixeira just went deep to make it a 7-5 game in the seventh. The Yankees are very much in it at this point.

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Game 126: Yankees at Blue Jays08.24.10

YANKEES (77-48)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Austin Kearns LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B

RHP Dustin Moseley (3-2, 4.76)
Moseley vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (65-59)
Travis Snider LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Adam Lind DH
Aaron Hill 2B
Lyle Overbay 1B
John Buck C
Edwin Encarnacion 3B

LHP Marc Rzepczynski (1-1, 4.76)
Rzepczynski vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m. / MY9

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

WEATHER: The roof is open right now. It’s been a really gorgeous day here in Toronto.

BATTLING BAUTISTA: Jose Bautista has six home runs and a .919 slugging percentage against the Yankees this season. He is 0-for-4 in his career against Dustin Moseley. “We have a plan on how to get him out, but the bottom line is you have to execute,” Joe Girardi said.

STILL PRETTY GOOD: Despite allowing a run and taking the loss last night, the Yankees bullpen still has a combined ERA of 1.53 since July 26. They have 70 strikeouts with an opponents batting average of .182 during that stretch. The pen has allowed eight earned runs — 1.29 ERA — through the past 18 games.

VERY QUICK BIRTHDAY WISH: Just for him, I’ll try to make this fast… HappyBirthdayBrettGardner.

UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: RBI single by Mark Teixeira and the Yankees have a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: Jose Bautista’s first at-bat, Moseley gets him to go down swinging. That’s a 1-2-3 first inning for Moseley.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: The Yankees added another run in the second when Eduardo Nunez beat out a potential double play. Weird play with Thames at the plate earlier in the inning. He knocked the ball out of the catcher’s glove, but home plate was blocked and John Buck tagged Thames before he could go back to step on the plate.

UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: That was a bomb by Teixeira. Jeez. People here are talking about how far Bautista hits his home runs. Teixeira just matched him at the very least. It’s 3-0 Yankees.

UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Solo homer by Teixeira. Two-run shot by Thames. Now a solo homer by Posada. It’s 6-0 Yankees. They’re beating the Blue Jays at their own game.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m: After roughly a half hour of off-and-on Internet, the Yankees lead is now 10-1 in the fifth. Moseley allowed a run on two hits and a walk in the fourth, but Curtis Granderson hit a three-run homer here in the fifth. Now Jeter has gone deep. That’s Jeter’s 10th.

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: I promise I won’t keep complaining, but the internet here is really driving me crazy. Anyway… The Jays added a run in the sixth, but thanks to an assist from Granderson, Moseley was able to get out of the inning with just the one run scoring. It’s 11-2.

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