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Quick hits: Derek Jeter, Take III

This photo is too good not to use.

This one’s for “Philip”. Yeah, that’s San Diego, but it’s just too good not to use.

greetings-from-torontoHere are the early notes as the Yankees (69-61) and Blue Jays (58-73) prepare to meet with the roof open here at Rogers Centre. Phil Hughes and R.A. Dickey are matching up for the 7:07 p.m. ET start:

Will this time be the charm for Derek Jeter? Since this is already Game 131, the Yanks certainly hope so. Jeter said that he can’t change anything about the way this frustrating “nightmare” season has gone thus far, but Joe Girardi said that if he had to choose any stretch of the year to have Jeter on the active roster, this would obviously be it.

There’s more from the Captain here. In one telling moment, Jeter acknowledged that he has not been able to work out his legs regularly since last year’s ALCS, which he seems to think is one reasonable explanation for why he has had so many health problems.

“I’ll try to do as much as I can to keep them strong for this last month, but all I can do is go out and play and hope everything’s fine,” Jeter said. “I can’t change anything that’s happened. I wish I would’ve had more time to do things, but I didn’t, and we are where we are. So now let’s move forward, and hopefully there’s no more issues.”

Even now, coming off a three-game rehab stint at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Jeter doesn’t seem to be 100 percent. The Yankees are saying things like they want Jeter to “run under control,” which boiled down means — please don’t go back on the DL for a fourth time. If he has to jog to first base on ground balls, as he was doing the last time he was active against the Rays and Dodgers in July, so be it. They’ll gladly make that trade.

Alex Rodriguez is hitting sixth in tonight’s lineup. Girardi said it was because he now has the ability to not stack so many left-handers in a row. A-Rod breaks up a group of Curtis Granderson (5), Lyle Overbay (7) and Ichiro Suzuki (8).

Eduardo Nunez, utilityman? That experiment is back in play with Jeter’s return. The Yankees don’t expect to get Jayson Nix back from his broken hand (remember how long it took Granderson?), so Nunez will be taking ground balls at shortstop, third base and second base. Girardi wasn’t sure if he’d play Nunez ahead of Mark Reynolds at third base.

The Yankees left Preston Claiborne behind in Tampa. He’ll be a Class-A Tampa Yankee for a week since their season ends on Sept. 1. You’d figure Claiborne would rejoin the big league club the next day.

Telling sign about where the Blue Jays are in their season: Girardi looked up during his press session in the dugout and was surprised to see Toronto was already finished with their BP. “We haven’t even stretched yet,” he said.

My Beat The Streak pick today: Robinson Cano. He’s 5-for-17 lifetime against Dickey. Streak is at one after Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-5 against the Rays Sunday.

Spring Game 19: Yankees at Blue Jays

Hello from Dunedin, where it’s a beautiful but chilly afternoon at the home of the Toronto Blue Jays — windbreaker weather. The visiting lineup today has a few big names in it, but the person that the Yankees’ coaching staff might be watching closest of all will be on the mound.

Jose Ramirez didn’t come into camp with a whole lot of fanfare, but the 23-year-old has impressed many – including, and this is no small accomplishment, Mariano Rivera – with his poise, command and a fastball-changeup combination that have looked very polished for a prospect who hasn’t pitched above Class-A ball.

“I hadn’t heard a whole lot about him necessarily,” manager Joe Girardi said this morning. “I heard he had a good arm. I been pleasantly surprised by what I’ve seen. I go back to that first day he threw live BP and the amount of strikes he threw. I was like, ‘Wow, look at this.’ He threw more strikes than anybody. That really caught my eye. and I saw the swings the hitters were taking, and they were late. … Interesting.”

UPDATED: Yikes. That didn’t work out so well. Ramirez’s line — 0.1 IP, 2 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 0 K. Adam Warren didn’t fare any better; 1.1 IP, 4 H, 8 ER, 5 BB, 2 K. Kevin Youkilis hit a first-inning homer; too bad the Blue Jays answered with 16 runs. 

Here are the lineups and game information:

NEW YORK YANKEES (7-11) at TORONTO BLUE JAYS (7-10)
1:05 p.m. – Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin, Fla. -
TV: None, Radio: None
RHP Jose Ramirez (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Josh Johnson (1-0, 1.17)

YANKEES
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Ben Francisco LF
Jayson Nix 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
Thomas Neal RF
Corban Joseph 2B

Jose Ramirez RHP

Ramirez is scheduled to be followed by Adam Warren, Branden Pinder and Preston Claiborne.

BLUE JAYS
Maicer Izturis 2B
Colby Rasmus CF
Melky Cabrera DH
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind 1B
Mark DeRosa 3B
Ryan Langerhans LF
Henry Blanco C
Mike McCoy SS

Josh Johnson RHP

Johnson is scheduled to be followed by Esmil Rogers, Brett Cecil, Tommy Hottovy and Alex Hinshaw.

Spring Games 6 & 7: Yankees vs. Blue Jays, Yankees at Astros

New York Yankees (1-4) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (2-4)
1:05 p.m. ET – George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Fla. – TV: YES, Radio: None
RHP David Phelps (4-4, 3.34 ERA in ’12) vs. RHP Brandon Morrow (10-7, 2.96 ERA in ’12)

BLUE JAYS
Jose Reyes SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Colby Rasmus CF
Brett Lawrie 3B
J.P. Arencibia DH
Henry Blanco C
Maicer Izturis 2B

RHP Brandon Morrow

YANKEES
Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Juan Rivera LF
Chris Stewart C
Dan Johnson 3B
Jose Pirela 2B
Gil Velazquez SS

RHP David Phelps

Phelps is scheduled to be followed by David Aardsma, Clay Rapada, Branden Pinder, Juan Cedeno and Chase Whitley.

And just up the highway from here…

New York Yankees (1-4) at Houston Astros (3-2-1)
1:05 p.m. ET – Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee, Fla. – TV: None, Radio: None
RHP Brett Marshall (13-7, 3.52 ERA in ’12 w/ Trenton) vs. RHP Lucas Harrell (11-11, 3.76 ERA)

YANKEES
Eduardo Nunez SS
Jayson Nix 2B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Matt Diaz LF
Melky Mesa CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Corban Joseph 3B
Luke Murton 1B
J.R. Murphy DH

RHP Brett Marshall

Marshall is scheduled to be followed by Dellin Betances, Mike O’Brien, Shane Greene, Ryan Pope and Kelvin Perez.

ASTROS
2B Jose Altuve
CF Justin Maxwell
1B Carlos Pena
LF Chris Carter
C Jason Castro
RF J.D. Martinez
DH Rick Ankiel
3B Marwin Gonzalez
SS Jonathan Villar

RHP Lucas Harrell

Game 159: Yankees at Blue Jays

Nick Swisher called this “a must win game” for the Yankees, and after yesterday’s deflating 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays, it has to be.

At this point, they all are must-win games for the Bombers, who enter today tied once again with the Orioles for first place in the American League East with just four games remaining on the schedule. New York needs to at least salvage a split of this four-game series at Rogers Centre before heading home to play the Red Sox for three very meaningful games.

In case you’re wondering, if the Yankees and Orioles finished the regular season tied, there would be a one-game playoff held at Camden Yards on Oct. 4 to determine who wins the AL East and who gets the Wild Card. The way things are going, it’s probably best not to rule anything out.

Here are the lineups –

YANKEES
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez DH

Phil Hughes (16-13, 4.10)

BLUE JAYS
Brett Lawrie 3B
Rajai Davis LF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Adam Lind 1B
Moises Sierra RF
J.P. Arencibia C
Adeiny Hechavarria 2B
Anthony Gose CF

Henderson Alvarez RHP (9-14, 4.91)

Here’s the highlighted information from the Yankees’ media relations team:

AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play the final game of a four-game series vs. the Toronto Blue Jays today at Rogers Centre for their final regular season road game in 2012… is their final game on their seven-game road trip – their final trip of the season – which began with a three-game series win at Minnesota (2-1)…  following today’s game, return home for a three-game set vs. Boston, their final series of the season.
—>>> Have won 10 of their last 14 games, 13 of their last 19 and 15 of their last 23… are 24 games over .500, one shy of their season high… are tied with Baltimore (also 91-67) for the second-best record in the AL, 1.5G behind Texas (92-65, .586).
—>>> Are in a stretch of 15 straight days with 16 games scheduled to finish the regular season.
—>>> Went undefeated in their six series prior to this one (5-0-1).

IN CLOSING: The Yankees are 32-18 in series finales… have won their last five on the road.

GO, GO, CANO: 2B Robinson Cano has collected 12H in his last 19AB (.632) over his last 5G (all multi-hit affairs)… the five consecutive multi-hit games matches his season-long stretch (also 6/30-7/4) and ties for the third-longest such streak of his career.
—>>> Is batting .337 (69-for-205) with 16 doubles and 11HR in day games this season.

A COOLER BREEZE: The Yankees have struck out a single-season franchise-record 1,283 batters this year… surpasses the previous mark of 1,266K set in 2001.

NICKY SWISH: RF/1B Nick Swisher has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, going 16-for-44 (.364) with 4HR and 14RBI since 9/19… is also 8-for-15 (.533) with RISP over the stretch.
—>>> Owns 92RBI this season, three shy of his career high set in 2006 w/ Oakland.
—>>> Six of his last 12HR—and seven of his last 15—have given the Yankees the lead.

Game 157: Yankees at Blue Jays

YANKEES
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez DH

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

BLUE JAYS
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
J.P. Arencibia C
Adam Lind 1B
Yunel Escobar SS
Kelly Johnson 2B
Rajai Davis RF
Anthony Gose LF

Chad Jenkins RHP

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