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Gameday Post #16: Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays

A night already gone bad with the Knicks narrowly losing Game 2 of their playoff series got worse with last night’s 6-5 loss in 10 innings. Mariano Rivera committed his first blown save in eight chances, allowing two runs to score on a wild pitch and squeeze bunt. A.J. Burnett did his part, going 5 1/3 IP and allowing two ER while striking out six Blue Jays. Curtis Granderson had two hits on the night, including a HR that padded a late-inning Yankee lead. Mark Teixeira also added a HR of his own and Derek Jeter moved closer to 3,000 career hits with a 1st-inning single.

Bartolo Colon will make his first MLB start since July 24, 2009, as he takes the hill in the finale of this short two-game series. He will go up against young Toronto left-hander Brett Cecil.

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A.L. EAST STANDINGS

NEW YORK……….9-6

Tampa Bay………..8-9 (2.0 GB)

Toronto……………8-9 (2.0 GB)

Baltimore………….7-9 (2.5 GB)

Boston……………..5-11 (4.5 GB)

DATE: Wednesday, April 20

TIME: 7:07pm EST

TV/RADIO: YES, WCBS 880, WADO 1280 (Spanish)

PITCHING PROBABLES

NYY: Bartolo Colon (0-1, 3.97 ERA)

TOR: Brett Cecil (1-1, 6.19 ERA)

PITCHING PREVIEW (from MLB.com)

Bartolo Colon (NYY): Colon, taking Phil Hughes’ spot in the rotation, will be making his first start since July 24, 2009, in the finale vs. Toronto. The 37-year-old last pitched Thursday, hurling three shutout innings of relief. He posted a 2.25 ERA in 16 spring innings.

Brett Cecil (TOR): Cecil regained some of his velocity during his last start against Boston. He had been throwing in the high 80s, but touched 92 mph on the radar gun. The velocity and improved location allowed Cecil to record his first quality start of the year.

LINEUPS

Yankees (9-6)

Jeter SS

Swisher RF

Teixeira 1B

Rodriguez 3B

Cano 2B

Jones LF

Posada DH

Martin C

Granderson CF

Blue Jays (8-9)

Escobar SS

Patterson CF

Bautista RF

Lind 1B

Encarnacion DH

Arencibia C

Snider LF

Nix 2B

McDonald 3B

MILESTONE TRACKER

Derek Jeter: 1-5 — 60 hits from 3,000

Mariano Rivera: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, BS — 34 saves from 600, 36 saves from all-time record

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