Pitching matchups for the Toronto series

Hello from under the closed, dark roof at the Rogers Centre … though the weather outside is terrific. There are jets from an air show buzzing the sky on practice runs every few minutes getting ready for this weekend’s festivities in Toronto. Basically, it’s like the entire city is Shea Stadium.

Baseball always takes a back seat in Toronto. I was reading the Toronto Star over lunch on Yonge Street and buried in the back of the sports section were a couple of stories on how J.P. Ricciardi is disappointed in the season and how the Blue Jays need Cito Gaston back for 2010.

Needless to say, as I walked through the hallways of the 300 Level with the fading poster-size photos of Joe Carter, Dave Stieb, Ernie Whitt and John Gibbons, it was a stark reminder that it’s page-turning time here once again up north.

Here are the pitching matchups for this series:

• Thursday: Yankees (Chad Gaudin (5-10, 4.90) at Blue Jays (Ricky Romero (11-6, 3.95), 7:07 p.m. ET
• Friday: Yankees (Joba Chamberlain, 8-4, 4.38) at Blue Jays (Roy Halladay, 13-8, 3.13), 7:07 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Yankees (Andy Pettitte, 12-6, 4.03) at Blue Jays (Brett Cecil, 6-3, 5.42), 1:07 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Yankees (Sergio Mitre, 3-1, 5.65) at Blue Jays (Brian Tallet, 5-9, 5.17), 1:07 p.m. ET


Bring back Shelley! (Needs a new number, tho: JH Jr has his old one. Which is, btw, the moment I knew Shelley would probably not be coming back.)


Duncan and Miranda will likely be added once the IL playoffs are over.


Aw, come on. Doc hasn’t been pitching well and Joba is building back up. Joba has faced aces before and it won’t faze him. It is not that this is a ‘must’ win game when this marvelous team is 7.5 ahead of its competitor.


Why did the Yankees not make Shelley Duncan a September callup? He should get some kind of reward for being International League MVP.


Joba faces Doc? Hopefully Pettitte doesn’t get the only win this series.


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