Game 83: Toronto at New York pregame



Second baseman Aaron Hill

Hill gets his first All-Star selection thanks to his peers. Well deserved. It would’ve been a shame for him to miss out on the Midsummer Classic just because his particular position is stacked with talent, especially in the bigger more publicized markets. Through 81 games, Hill has hit .297 with 19 homers (club record for second baseman) and 56 RBIs. His 105 hits were the second-most in the Majors and he ranked first among all second baseman in hits, homers, RBIs and total bases (175). This after missing much of last season with a serious concussion.


Jays ace Roy “Doc” Halladay

Halladay heads to St. Louis for his sixth All-Star appearance. The only question is whether Toronto’s ace will be honored with the start. Through 16 outings, the good doctor has gone 10-2 with a 2.79 ERA and three complete games. Even with two weeks spent on the DL in June, Halladay is tied for the most wins in the game and his 116 innings mark the sixth-highest total. He has 98 strikeouts against 17 walks and has induced an American League-high 193 groundouts. Doc’s 1.09 WHIP is the third-best among AL starters and he’s averaged just 14.1 pitches per inning.

Today’s lineups:

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgTORONTO BLUE JAYS (42-40)
Fourth place AL East, 7.0 GB

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

Starter: LHP Brett Cecil (2-1, 5.09)

Thumbnail image for Yankees.jpgNEW YORK YANKEES (47-33)
Second place AL East, 1.0 GB

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

Starter: RHP Joba Chamberlain (4-2, 3.89)

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