Game 84: Toronto at New York pregame
One look at the American League home run leaders, and it’d seem to make sense that MLB might ask Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill if he’d be interested in taking part in the Home Run Derby.
Hill ranks third in the league with 20 bombs, which are the most for any second baseman in the game right now. On top of that, his total already is a team record in a season for a second sacker.
“Yeah, but those are in games,” Hill said with a laugh on Monday morning. “Have you seen me in batting practice? Maybe if they do something about the fences I’d consider it.”
So, don’t count on Hill swinging for the fences in Busch Stadium. Besides, I doubt he’d want to risk ruining the good swing he’s got going for him right now. “It’s bad luck, isn’t it?” said Hill, when asked about the Derby. It sure didn’t do much for Alex Rios, who took part in the event in 2007 in San Francisco.
Prior to Monday’s game, Hill came out into the dugout to do a TV interview and a kid — maybe nine or 10 years old — wearing a red Yankees cap, was leaning over the railing with a baseball and a pen, asking “Mr. Hill” for an autograph. When Hill obliged, the kid said “congrats” since the second baseman just made his first All-Star team. Savvy kids here in New York.
Blue Jays closer Scott Downs is scheduled to throw off a mound in a bullpen session on Tuesday. Downs is still fighting a sprained toe on his left foot, an injury that’s kept him on the DL for nearly three weeks. With only six games remaining before All-Star break, Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said there’s a chance Downs might not return until the second half. That’s still “up ion the air” though.
Chatted some with B.J. Ryan today. Check bluejays.com a bit later for more.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, DH
3. Vernon Wells, CF
4. Scott Rolen, 3B
5. Alex Rios, RF
6. Kevin Millar, 1B
7. Jose Bautista, LF
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. John McDonald, 2B
Starter: LHP Ricky Romero (6-3, 2.85)
NEW YORK YANKEES (48-33)
Second place AL East, 1.0 GB
1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Nick Swisher, 1B
3. Mark Teixeira, DH
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Jorge Posada, C
6. Robinson Cano, 2B
7. Melky Cabrera, LF
8. Eric Hinske, RF
9. Brett Gardner, CF
Starter: LHP Any Pettitte (8-3, 4.25)
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