9/4 – Yankees at Blue Jays
It’s Flashback Friday here under the open roof of the Rogers Centre, where the Blue Jays are breaking out their powder blues in all their 1980s goodness behind the 2009 American League All-Star Game starting pitcher, Roy Halladay.
Pre-game news out of the Yankees clubhouse includes the fact that Derek Jeter is not in the lineup tonight, which makes you think Lou Gehrig’s record just might be safe until the Yankees get home. Not that nine hits is completely out of the question in two games for Jeter, but I’d say if you have tickets for one of the Labor Day contests at Yankee Stadium, you might be in good shape.
I cobbled together an early story on Alfredo Aceves, who has vultured his way to a Major League-leading 10 victories as a reliever this season. Joe Girardi called him “unflappable” and to be honest, it was amazing to see him hardly react to a thrown baseball from the stands whizzing by him on the mound last night.
Aceves later said it was no big deal — he shrugged and said he’s seen bottles and footballs rain down on the fields of the Mexican League.
Along with Jeter, who has a jammed right pinky finger that isn’t considered a big deal, Nick Swisher also has the day off. Judging by Eric Hinske’s play in right field in the bottom of the first inning, that might not be a great thing. As an outfielder, Hinske is a great home run hitter.
|Pitching (briefly): RHP Joba Chamberlain (8-4, 4.38).|
BLUE JAYS (59-74)
|Pitching (longer): RHP Roy Halladay (13-8, 3.13).|