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Game 91: Yankees at Blue Jays07.16.11

YANKEES (53-37)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C

LHP CC Sabathia (13-4, 2.72)
Sabathia vs. Blue Jays

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

LHP Ricky Romero (7-8, 3.09)
Romero vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: You know what’s surprisingly cool? Actually watching a dome roof open. The Rogers Center roof opened around 11 a.m. It’s a sunny day here in Toronto.

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

ALL ABOUT CC: According to Elias, CC Sabathia is the fifth Yankees starter to have the outright MLB lead in wins at the all-star break (Vic Raschi in 1949, Bob Turley in 1958, Whitey Ford 1961 and Ron Guidry in 1978)… Sabathia has a 23.2-inning scoreless streak, the longest of his career… The last Yankees win was Sabathia’s complete game shutout on Sunday. It was the Yankees first complete game shutout at home since Chien-Ming Wang on July 28, 2006, and the first such game by a Yankees lefty since David Wells on April 10, 2003.

YANK-Es: The Yankees committed three errors on Thursday and two more on Friday. It’s the first time since June 27 of last year that they’ve had multiple errors in back-to-back games. It’s the the fourth time they’ve had consecutive multi-error games since Joe Girardi took over as manager.

THIS DATE: On July 16, 1941, Joe DiMaggio went 3-for-4 with three runs, a double and a walk to bring his hitting streak to 56 games. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the days DiMaggio’s streak came to an end.

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: Walk, stolen base and a sharp single up the middle have given the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead at the end of one inning. Sabathia struck out the last two batters he faced, but the damage was done.

UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: Three straight hits and an RBI ground out have given the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the second inning. Swisher doubled, Jones singled, Gardner doubled and Nunez brought in the go-ahead run with a grounder.

UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: Yankees managed to sneak a run there. Pretty bad base running decision by Cano, but the Blue Jays botched the play and Granderson scored. It’s now 3-1.

UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: Error No. 12 for Nunez. Another bad throw to first.

UPDATE, 2:23 p.m.: The Yankees have scratched out another run — thanks largely to some aggressive base running by Brett Gardner — and it’s now 4-1 as Sabathia pitches with two on and no outs in the fourth.

UPDATE, 3:23 p.m.: Sabathia’s line since that RBI single in the first inning: 6.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.

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Game 23: Yankees vs. Blue Jays04.29.11

YANKEES (14-8)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Freddy Garcia (1-0, 0.69)
Garcia vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (12-13)
Rajai Davis CF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind 1B
Juan Rivera LF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
David Cooper DH
J.P. Arencibia C
John McDonald 2B

LHP Ricky Romero (1-3, 3.00)
Romero vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Little bit chilly but certainly not cold. Temperatures are supposed to dip into the 50s tonight. Very slight chance of rain.

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

CANO GETS THE SILVER: Robinson Cano already has hit Gold Glove award. Before today’s game he’s receiving his Silver Slugger.

ROTATION SUCCESS: In their past five games, the Yankees starters have each held opponents to one earned run or less, good for a 0.76 ERA through 35.1 innings. That’s the Yankees first such five-game stretch since 2002 when Wells, Mussina, Pettitte, Hernandez and Clemens pulled off five straight with one earned or less.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: The Yankees have outscored their opponents 44-14 in the first two innings this season (24-6 in the first inning, 20-8 in the second).

WAITING FOR A DAY OFF: According to Elias, Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher have played every inning in the field this season. Last night Swisher kept his streak alive by moving from right field to first base when Andruw Jones came in to play the field.

UPDATE, 7:06 p.m.: During the Canadian national anthem, the Yankee Stadium scoreboard crew cut between shots of two different Yankees: Canadians Russell Martin and Rob Thomson. If there were a Missouri anthem, and it were played at the stadium, I feel confident I’d be on the big screen (as long as David Phelps weren’t called up at that point).

UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Opening an inning with back-to-back walks isn’t exactly good baseball, but Garcia got out of trouble with a ground out, strikeout, ground out and kept the Blue Jays from taking advantage.

UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Russell Martin doubles to give Freddy Garcia a lead. Man, that Brian Cashman really screwed up this winter.

UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Jose Bautista just crushed a home run to left. Line drive into the second deck. People sitting more than 300 feet away were in legitimate danger. It’s now 2-1 Blue Jays in the third.

UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: It’s not often that an entire ballpark takes a second to decide whether it’s just witnessed an out or a homicide, but it just happened. Mark Teixeira lined a shot to the mound, and it surely would have taken Ricky Romero’s head off, except that he somehow caught the thing.

UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Garcia is flirting with disaster tonight, but he’s so far limited the damage and Robinson Cano’s solo home run has pulled the Yankees within 3-2 heading into the fifth.

UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Unbelievable. The Yankees got two infield singles, got incredibly lucky that the Blue Jays blew a triple play, then failed to score with the bases loaded and no outs.

UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Terrible throw by Robertson and a great slide by Bautista. It’s now a 5-2 Blue Jays lead after a strange top of the sixth.

UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: Cano’s second homer of the night — he also has two walks — has pulled the Yankees within 5-3.

UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: Strikeout and ground out with the bases loaded in the eighth. The Yankees are hitless with runners in scoring position.

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Game 80: Yankees vs. Blue Jays07.03.10

YANKEES (48-31)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Chad Huffman RF
Brett Gardner LF

LHP Andy Pettitte (9-2, 2.72)
Pettitte vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (41-40)
Nick Green DH
Alex Gonzalez SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
John Buck C
Aaron Hill 2B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
John McDonald LF

LHP Ricky Romero (6-4, 2.83)
Romero vs. Yankees

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

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

WEATHER: Might be even better than yesterday. Maybe a little warmer. Nothing but blue overhead.

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: Last time Andy Pettitte and Ricky Romero matched up against one another was June 5 in Toronto when both lefties allowed two runs, Pettitte going 7.2 innings and Romero lasting 8. That was the 14-inning game when Chad Gaudin gave up the game-winner.

BIRTHDAY BOY: One day before George Steinbrenner turns 80, Brian Cashman turned 43 today.

THE FEWER ┬áTHE BETTER: Good thing the Yankees gave up all those extra runs in the 11th inning yesterday, otherwise a rather obscure streak might have ended. The Yankees have a 46-game winning streak when allowing three runs or fewer at home. The last time they lost such a game was last June against Washington. It’s the longest such franchise streak since 1995-96 and the longest in the majors since Boston won 49-such games from 2003 to 2005. This is all according to Elias.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Jose Bautista goes deep in the first inning, a two-run shot for a quick 2-0 lead. But it was probably Chad Huffman’s fault somehow.

UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Off the bat, I thought Huffman had no chance of catching that ball. Nice play in right field, putting Pettitte one out away from finally ending a rocky first inning.

UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: Derek Jeters leads off with a walk, but the Yankees leave him stranded at second.

UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: Three strikeouts through two innings for Romero. The guy can pitch, no doubt. Pettitte opened the third inning with his first K and has now retired six straight.

UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: No outs. Bases loaded. Middle of the order coming to the plate. This time Mark Teixeira comes through with a game-tying, two-run double. Now it’s up to Rodriguez, Cano and Posada — the three guys who couldn’t get the big hit yesterday.

UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: Wasn’t much, but it did the job. Rodriguez grounded just under the pitcher’s glove for an RBI ground out. Yankees have a 3-2 lead.

UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: And now an RBI single from Cano.

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Just announced by the Yankees: To celebrate George Steinbrenner’s birthday, the seven World Series trophies won under his watch will be displayed on the 200 level of Yankee Stadium tomorrow, just outside the Yankees Museum near the right-field corner.

photoUPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: Brett Gardner’s fourth home run of the season is a two-out, foul-count grand slam to right. It’s an 8-2 Yankees lead in the third.

UPDATE, 2:240 p.m.: This is John McDonald’s sixth career game in left field. He played nothing but infield throughout the minors, got four games in left last season and played one previous game there this year. He just lost a fly ball and gave the Yankees three more runs.

UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: Eleven runs in an inning ties a franchise high for the Yankees. They also scored 11 in the seventh inning on August 6, 1979.

UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: I must have misheard the Yankees previous announcement. That 11-run inning wasn’t a franchise high after all. My bad.

UPDATE, 3:28 p.m.: Here’s Dustin Moseley’s Yankee debut.

UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Russo in to play third base, Pena playing shortstop. The changes are straight up.

UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: Jorge Posada is at first base, Colin Curtis is in left, Brett Gardner has moved to center and Francisco Cervelli is behind the plate. I assumed Chad Huffman would move to first and Curtis would play right, but it does seem more fun to throw Posada out there.

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