So far in a series that has witnessed its fair share of odd twists, including hit Yankees that result in no warnings (let alone ejections) despite video screens encouraging a plunking, screeching umpires heading up crews that are watching something other than the game at hand, and an offense that can muster only four hits in support of a once-studly pitcher now fighting for his place in the rotation (and pitching quite well while doing so), the Bombers have managed to win both contests. Tonight at Rogers Centre, the boys in stripes look for their second consecutive series sweep and eighth win in a row before rolling into Fenway.
A.J. Burnett has been solid since his return to action for the Blue Jays, and in his one appearance against the Yankees this year, he held the Bombers to four hits and no runs in seven full. He’s on the mound against Ian Kennedy, who has allowed five runs in his 12 innings.
Detroit, Cleveland, and Boston are idle. The New York Yankees may find themselves distanced four and one-half games from the AL Beast leader as well as their closest WC contender after tonight’s action. Let’s hope we get some help from the Orioles and Tampa, who are hosting the Halos and the Mariners, respectively. The Yankees are leading the Jays 8-5 in the season series. Lineups follow, comment away.