Game 149: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

I’m sorry to say, but summer has left us. There’s a chill in the air here at Yankee Stadium, as the Yankees and Blue Jays complete this three-game series with Phil Hughes and Aaron Laffey going at it tonight under the lights.

For the Yankees, Hughes has a bit to live up to tonight after Andy Pettitte and David Phelps both pitched well in their respective starts yesterday, taking the ball against the Toronto lineup. Hughes is going for his third straight victory and beat the Blue Jays his last time facing them on Aug. 28, allowing one run in seven innings.

“You love to see starters compete against each other, and I think they like to do it as well,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “You try to out-do the next guy. We had a good performance from Andy, we had a good performance from Phelpsy, and hopefully we’ll see it carry over.”

Here’s the lineups and game information:

NEW YORK YANKEES (85-63) vs. TORONTO BLUE JAYS (66-81)
RHP Phil Hughes (15-12, 3.96) vs. LHP Aaron Laffey (3-5, 4.55)
Thursday, September 20 • 7:05 p.m. • Yankee Stadium
Games #149 / Home Games #75 • TV: yes / mlb net. • Radio: wcbs (eng.)/wado(span.)

BLUE JAYS
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Adam Lind 1B
Moises Sierra RF
Kelly Johnson 2B
J.P. Arencibia C
Adeiny Hechavarria SS
Anthony Gose LF

Aaron Laffey LHP

YANKEES
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Casey McGehee 1B
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Jayson Nix 3B

Phil Hughes RHP

SWEEPING SENSATION: The Yankees tonight will look to complete their ninth series sweep of the season, which would tie their total from all of last year…  are looking to complete their fourth series sweep at home and first overall since 7/16-18 vs. Toronto…  are looking to sweep Toronto twice in the same season for the first time since 1999.

CELEBRATING HISPANIC HERITAGE: As part of the Yankees’ annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, acclaimed Salsa singer Frankie Negron will perform the national anthem tonight prior to tonight’s game.

IN CLOSING: The Yankees are 30-17 in series finales… have won their last four.

STOP, THIEF: The Yankees have stolen 19 bases in September (and been caught just once)…  have swiped 12 combined bases over their last four games, after collecting 12 total SB over their previous 27 games from 8/16-9/14.

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