Game 82: Toronto at New York pregame

yankeehole.jpgAsked about the old Yankee Stadium last week, Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston called it a “dump”, saying “All it has is history.”

Now, it’s a reversed situation. The new Yankee Stadium is a luxurious facility for fans, press and players alike. What it lacks, though, is history. The Yankees are at least doing their best to add some early lore to the building.

On the lower level, in the tunnel that leads to the clubhouses, there is a hole in the ground that is sectioned off by some piping (pictured right). It is where the David Ortiz jersey was dug out of the foundation during the stadium’s construction. Click the link to read more about the history of the hole.

They could’ve easily filled the hole in, but where would the fun be in that?

Sitting in the visiting dugout this afternoon, us scribes were chatting with Jays second baseman Aaron Hill. He said heading to the old Yankee Stadium for the first time was a special moment for him as a young player. He showed up early, walked around the stands, walked out in the outfield, soaking it all in.

That’s something that is missing from the new park. But, maybe a century from now, some Blue Jays manager will be asked about this Yankee Stadium, and maybe it too will one day be called a “dump” with nothing but history going for it.

OTHER ITEMS: Scott Downs (sprained toe left foot) threw again on Saturday, but there is still no timetable for his return from the disabled list. “He feels good. That’s about all I can tell you. He feels good and hopefully he gets back before the All-Star break. If not, we’ll just suck it up until then.” … Not sure if you’ve noticed, but Jays lefty Brian Tallet has taken to flapping his glove a little before delivering a pitch lately. Gaston noticed a while back that Tallet would only do it on certain pitches — perhaps tipping hitters off as to what he was throwing. So, Tallet has started doing it all the time to hopefully eliminate the problem. … Third baseman Scott Rolen enters today riding a 20-game hitting streak. He’s hit .415 (34-82) with a .449 on-base, a .610 slugging, three homers, seven doubles, 12 RBIs and 16 runs over the streak. Within those 20 games, Rolen has 11 multi-hit games and three three-hit showings.

ALL-STARS: The All-Star teams will be revealed on Sunday, with 32 of the 33 roster spots being announced for the AL and NL squads. Deserving to go for the Jays: Roy Halladay, Aaron Hill, Marco Scutaro, Adam Lind and Scott Rolen. Halladay is the only lock and Hill will have a good shot if Ian Kinsler of the Rangers wins the popular vote. Stay tuned…

Today’s lineups:

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgTORONTO BLUE JAYS (42-39)
Fourth place AL East, 7.0 GB

1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Adam Lind, DH
4. Scott Rolen, 3B
5. Lyle Overbay, 1B
6. Vernon Wells, CF
7. Alex Rios, RF
8. David Dellucci, LF
9. Rod Barajas, C

Starter: RHP Doc Halladay (10-2, 2.56)

  Thumbnail image for Yankees.jpgNEW YORK YANKEES (46-33)
Second place AL East, 2.0 GB

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Hideki Matsui, DH
8. Melky Cabrera, RF
9. Brett Gardner, CF

Starter: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (1-6, 10.06)

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okay is this just me in my bad mood today, or is this sportsnet telecast completely yankee biased. i am so tired or hearing how many times the yankees have won in the late innings, how great arod has been hitting blah, blah, blah. I feel like the announcers gave up on the Jays a couple of innings ago.

That’s just Rance being Rance, tanandmur,

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