Game #111: Yanks at Jays pregame

New York (61-50) at Toronto (56-54)
at 1:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre

Today’s lineups:

YANKEES
Johnny Damon, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Bobby Abreu, RF
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Hideki Matsui, DH
Jorge Posada, C
Robinson Cano, 2B
Andy Phillips, 1B
Melky Cabrera, RF

PITCHING: LHP Andy Pettitte (7-7, 3.97 ERA)

BLUE JAYS
Reed Johnson, LF
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Frank Thomas, DH
Troy Glaus, 3B
Aaron Hill, 2B
Curtis Thigpen, C
Lyle Overbay, 1B
John McDonald, SS

PITCHING: RHP Jesse Litsch (4-4, 3.47 ERA)

NOTES: Overbay was dropped as low as eighth in the lineup for the first time this season. He’s hitting just .232 since coming off the DL on June 12. He said today that his right hand is still sore, and it’s been affecting him some at the plate. Overbay added that it’s been frustrating, because he’s seeing the ball fine, which he struggled with earlier in the year. … RHP A.J. Burnett (right shoulder) is making a rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse on Monday in Ottawa — also an afternoon game. Manager John Gibbons said today that Burnett will likely rejoin Toronto’s rotation on Sunday in Kansas City. If the rotation is simply moved up one day after the off-day, Sunday would be the scheduled turn for Litsch. Gibbons added, though, that the Jays hadn’t decided if ace Roy Halladay would start on Monday or Tuesday, which could play a role in who gets bumped for Burnett. … Where’s Posh? Soccer star David Beckham was at Rogers Centre on Monday, and L.A. Galaxy head coach Frank Yallop — a native of Vancouver — threw out the ceremonial first pitch. … Toronto is looking to extend its home winning streak to nine games, which has only been done three times in team history. .. With a win, the Jays can also match a season high by moving three games above .500. Of course, they haven’t been there since they were 8-5. … Yankees have averaged more than 10 runs per game over their last seven contests. Ouch.

AL EAST STANDINGS
entering Monday
1. Boston 68-43 (–)
2. New York 61-50 (7)
3. Toronto 56-54 (11.5)
4. Baltimore 52-58 (15.5)
5. Tampa Bay 42-68 (25.5)

AL WILD CARD RACE
entering Monday
1. Detroit 61-49 (–)
2. Seattle 60-49 (0.5)
3. New York 61-50 (0.5)
4. Minnesota 57-53 (4)
5. Toronto 56-54 (5)

HE SAID IT: "That’s the thing about this game. You never know what’s going to happen. You write teams off, you crown teams, and next thing you know, a few weeks later, it could be just the opposite. That’s why you play 162 games. I think what’s brought some teams back into it is the struggles Detroit and Cleveland have had lately, but that’s not going to last. The Yanks, what they’re doing now is just playing how everybody expected them to play. It shouldn’t surprise anybody." –Gibbons, on the Wild Card race

4 Comments

Burnett has now gone 4 innings in Ottawa-53 pitches and only 1 hit-no runs.

Looks like he’s ready

Double Steal!
Now THAT’S great to see.

Went to the game for the first time this season yesterday, great to see Thomas is starting to come through. The Troy Glaus figurine dissappointed me (it looked better on tv)

As for the game today, i’ve said it before and i’ll probably say it again, Vernon shouldn’t be hitting 3rd for the rest of this season. Put him back into the lead off spot if that’s what gets him going again but not in 3rd.

By the way Jordan I ended up watching Bourne Ultimatum and I thought it was a good movie. Coming from a guy who hadn’t seen the first 2, though I do plan on it now, the way it ended though left me feeling a little cheated.

A baseball game is all about momentum-we lost it-the Yanks picked up and we ended up getting hammered.

So the stuation was at the bottom of the 5th, we got the first two guys on-nothing out.

The two runners did a double steal which meant we had runners at 2nd and 3rd-no outs. Great play by the Jays.

Rios strikes out

Wells hits an infield single-brings in 1 run

Thomas strikes out

Glaus stikes out.

If either of these guys had gotten a hit, it would have been Jays 5-Yanks 1.

Momentum shifts and the Yanks score 4 in the top of the 6th.

Pathetic performance from Thomas and Glaus. This was our game to win-and we simply blew it.

Great start from Jessie-regardless of what you see in the line score-the kid pitched a phenomenal game and deserved the win.

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