Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett throws to the plate during...

Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett throws to the plate during the third inning against the Dodgers. (June 26, 2010) Credit: AP


WP: Jason Frasor (3-1)

LP: David Robertson (0-3)

Bottom 11th: Yankees go down without a fight. Cano went 0-for-5 today. Entering today, he had reached safely in 71 of 78 games this year. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 6.

Top 11th: Gonzalez got his revenge. In his at bat after striking out swinging in the ninth following a disputed hit by pitch call, Gonzalez delivered for the Blue Jays, driving in the go-ahead run on a single to left with the bases loaded. Robertson stayed in and loaded the bases on two hits and an intentional walk. Chan Ho Park relieved Robertson. Park struck out Bautista for the second out, but he allowed four runs to score on a bases-loaded walk and then a triple. Boos rained down at the end of the inning. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 6.

Robertson stays in. Overbay led off the inning with a scorching grounder and Cano did not get in front of the ball, as it bounced over his glove and into right field. 

Bottom 10th: Jason Frasor relieves Downs and sends it into the 11th. Yankees go down 1-2-3, making it 10 consecutive Yankees retired. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 1.

Top 10th: David Robertson relieves Rivera.  After taking first on a two-out walk, Dwayne Wise steals second and Cervelli makes a short throw that bounces into the outfield, allowing Wise to advance to third. Robertson evaded trouble, however, getting Hill to line out to left. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 1.

Bottom 9th: Scott Downs has another easy inning, 3 up, 3 down in 3 minutes. Heading to extras, or as Michael Kay calls it, "Free baseball." SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 1.

Top 9th: Enter Sandman: Mariano Rivera relieved Chamberlin.  With a runner on first and two outs, there was a disputed hit by pitch call, where Rivera ran a pitch in on Gonzalez.  It sounded like the ball hit the nob of the bat, but Gonzalez and manager Cito Gaston argued he was hit in the forearm. Gonzalez stepped back into the box with two strikes and Rivera wasted no time, putting him away with a high cutter to end the inning.  Entering the bottom of the 9th in a tie game, is it time for pie? SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 1.

Bottom 8th: Scott Downs relieves Camp.  Yankees go down in order and without a fight. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 1.

Top 8th: Joba Chamberlin relieved Marte and gave up the lead on a two-out single by Hill. Gardner started off the inning with a leaping grab and banged against the left field wall to rob an extra-base hit from Gonzalez. Chamberlin walked Bautista, who moved to third on a two-out single by Lind. Lind is now 8-for-13 against Chamberlin. He eventually induced a grounder to end the inning. Burnett was in line to get his first victory in more than a month. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 1.

Bottom 7th: The Yankees keep finding ways to kill any chance of a rally. Swisher singled, but Teixeira scorched a liner to Overbay, who then stepped on first to get Swisher out on another inning-ending double-play. Shawn Camp relieved Cecil. Cecil's line: 6 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER, 6 BBs, 5 Ks. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0.  

Top 7th: Damaso Marte replaces Burnett. Burnett exited the game after giving up a single with two outs in the seventh. He exchanged some words with Cervelli and smiled, smiling more when he walked off the mound to a cheering crowd and an open-armed CC Sabathia in the dugout. His final line: 6 2/3 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 3 BBs and 6 Ks. He is in line for his first win in more than a month. Marte gets Lewis to pop up to Jeter on the outfield grass. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0.  

Bottom 6th: The Yankees left two more runners stranded -- bringing the total to 8 LOB -- thanks to a Cervelli double-play and another Gardner pop up. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0.  

Top 6th: After giving up leadoff walk and a wild pitch, Burnett struck out Bautista and Lind and induced a fly ball from Hill. Burnett has struck out six in six innings and has thrown 97 pitches. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0.  

Bottom 5th: Cecil is matching Burnett inning for inning, working another clean inning and giving up one hit. Both starters have given up 3 hits and Cecil has narrowly edged out Burnett in strikeouts. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0.  

Top 5th: Fred Lewis showed why managers have had to wait and wait for him to mature. Gonzalez hit a liner to Jeter that should have been easy to read off the bat, but Lewis was halfway to second base and Jeter threw to first for the double play to end the inning. Burnett has evened out his pitch count and is now at 76 total pitches threw five innings. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0.  

Bottom 4th: The Yankees went quietly, save for Cervelli's second hit of the game. Gardner flied out to center. He is hitless since returning from a wrist injury. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0.  

Top 4th: Burnett works his first 1-2-3 inning of the day, with help from Granderson, who raced to the warning track to snag an over the shoulder catch. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0. 

Bottom 3rd: Harry Houdini is pitching for Toronto. Cecil got out of a bases-loaded, no outs jam. Girardi was aggressive, sending Jeter and Swisher to second and third on a double-steal with no outs. Teixeira walked. Cecil then struck out Arod and Cano and got Posada to ground out to second. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0. 

Top 3rd: Burnett works his way out of trouble. After he walked the first two batters, Dave Eiand came to the mound. Burnett then induced a pop up, ground out and fly to center to end the inning.  Eiland seems to have straightened Burnett out, telling him to drive more toward home plate and keep his shoulder in. This will likely be a short outing for Burnett, who has thrown 57 pitches threw just three innings. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0. 

Bottom 2nd: Yankees get one hit a screaming single to left by Cervelli to bust out of a 0-13 skid. Cecil strikes out Posada swinging and Gardner looking. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0. 

Top 2nd: Burnett is commanding the outside of the plate, racking up his third and fourth strikeouts and squandering two hits in the inning. Cervelli was tested. Runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch that Cervelli and Girardi argued was a foul tip.  On the next pitch, Cervelli absorbed a nasty curveball in the dirt to keep the runners put. Burnett got out of the inning by striking out Hoffpaur and, again, Cervelli came up big by blocked a curveball in the dirt and firing to first for the drop-third strike. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0. 

Bottom 1st: Arod's production has carried from yesterday's late innings into today's first. He put the Yankees on the board with a sac fly that drove in Jeter. Cano flew out to end th inning and strand Swisher. Cecil struggled with his command, throwing fewer than half of his pitches for strikes. SCORE: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 0.

Top 1st: Burnett had an easy first inning, throwing 11 of his 13 pitches for strikes, giving up one hit and striking out two. After giving up a two-out single to Bautista, it looked like Burnett pitched to Wells with vengeance, striking him out on three consecutive fastballs. Burnett's last win was on May 30. SCORE: Yankees 0, Blue Jays 0.


Today's game is the first of three day games this holiday weekend versus Toronto.

Starting lineups:

Blue Jays lineup

  1. Fred Lewis lf
  2. Alex Gonzalez ss
  3. Jose Bautista rf
  4. Vernon Wells cf
  5. Adam Lind dh
  6. Aaron Hill 2b
  7. Lyle Overbay 1b
  8. John Buck c
  9. Jarrett Hoffpauir 3b

Pitching: Brett Cecil

Yankees lineup:

  1. Derek Jeter ss
  2. Nick Swisher rf
  3. Mark Teixeira 1b
  4. Alex Rodriguez dh
  5. Robinson Cano 2b
  6. Jorge Posada c
  7. Curtis Granderson cf
  8. Fransisco Cervelli c
  9. Brett Gardner lf

Pitching: A.J. Burnett


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