Game 89: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

July 16, 2012, 7:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
TV / Radio: YES Network, WCBS 880 AM

BLUE JAYS (45-44)
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Kelly Johnson 2B
Rajai Davis LF
J.P. Arencibia C

Henderson Alvarez RHP (5-7, 4.36)

YANKEES (52-34)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C

Phil Hughes RHP (9-7, 4.33)

AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will begin a three-game series vs. the Toronto Blue Jays tonight… opened this six-game homestand taking two of three games from Los Angeles-AL… following this homestand, embark on their final West Coast trip with games at Oakland (7/19-22) and Seattle (7/23-25)… are in a stretch of 13 consecutive days with games immediately following the All-Star break.
Ø At 54-34 (.614), own the best record in the Majors… have a season-high-tying 8.0G lead in the AL East, marking the largest division lead in the Majors… should they gain another game in the standings to go +9.0 ahead, would match their largest division lead since being +9.0G after Gm 1 of a doubleheader on 9/25/11 vs. Boston (before falling to +8.0G after losing Gm 2)… last led the AL East by at least 9.0G at the close of play on a given day on 10/2/09 (were +9.0G).
Ø Are 20 games above .500, one shy of their season high-water mark.
Ø Have won six of their last eight games… are 23-9 since 6/8, 28-11 since 5/30 and 33-13 since 5/22… have gone 9-2-1 over their last 12 series dating to 6/1.
Ø Are 15-6 at Yankee Stadium since 5/22… their .614 (27-17) home winning percentage is fifth highest in the Majors (second in the AL behind Texas – 29-16, .644).

FOR OPENERS: The Yankees are 20-9 (.690) in series openers this season… according to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Cleveland (21-8, .724) has a higher winning percentage in openers… have won nine of their last 12 openers.

NORTHEAST CORRIDOR: Of the Yankees’ 38 remaining home games, 18 will come against Toronto and Boston – nine apiece (47.4%)…the Yankees also play Baltimore six times at Yankee Stadium.

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