9/3 – Yankees at Blue Jays
Updates for you from the Rogers Centre, as the Yankees and Blue Jays get set to play the first of four here with the roof open on a very pleasant evening for baseball…
RHP Jonathan Albaladejo is here from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre sporting not one but two very nice shiners courtesy of an Edwar Ramirez thrown ball during batting practice on Tuesday. The swelling is going down and Albaladejo pitched an inning yesterday, which is good because the Yankees might need a little help with Chad Gaudin going tonight and Joba Chamberlain on the ‘Rules’ tomorrow.
RHP Mariano Rivera played long toss and felt better, and thinks he will be able to throw a light bullpen tomorrow to test his sore left groin. If all goes well, Rivera would be available, but more likely Joe Girardi will play it safe and try to use Rivera on Saturday if needed. Girardi acknowledged, “It’s uncomfortable not having Mo.”
Down at Triple-A, Brett Gardner went 0-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base. He felt OK, which is good news to the Yankees, who plan to re-evaluate him on Sunday. Gardner will probably be in New York for Monday’s Labor Day doubleheader against Tampa Bay.
Oh, by the way, Derek Jeter needs only eight hits to tie Henry Louis Gehrig on the Yankees’ all-time list. They’d love for Jeter to get them all in Toronto, but if he does it at home that wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world either.
UPDATE 7:30 p.m.: George Steinbrenner spoke to the AP’s Mark Didtler down in Tampa, Fla. and had this to say: “Let’s keep it going.” Big Stein is planning on attending playoff games in the Bronx in October.
|Pitching: RHP Chad Gaudin (1-0, 3.21)|
BLUE JAYS (59-73)
|Pitching: LHP Ricky Romero (11-6, 3.95)|