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Are Times Getting Tough? Are the Roads You Travel Rough?: 7/6 Game Preview and Thread

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July Weekend, if applicable. We did, took the little one up to NYC for some grandparent time at the beach, which is always nice.

The Jays look to salvage one from the Yankees today. What's been interesting about this series is just how winnable the games have been, but things just haven't bounced the Jays' way. As Vonnegut wrote, so it goes. With 2 wins against 8 losses over their past 10 games, the Jays find themselves out of striking distance of the playoffs, though of course the season is only half over and they could get back in the picture fairly quickly with a good run. A win today would be a nice start.

Starting pitching was a problem for the Jays yesterday, with Brett Cecil really getting knocked around - you have to start asking yourself what David Purcey has done that's so bad that he can't even get into the equation here. But the Jays are hoping the starter won't be a problem today with Ricky Romero on the mound. Romero has been great for the Jays and hopes to continue that today in his second to last (we can only hope) start before the all-star break. Andy Pettitte pitches for the Yankees.

The Jays run out a bit of a different (read: bad) look today against the southpaw, with Aaron Hill DH-ing, J-Mac playing second base, Adam Lind and Lyle Overbay taking their spots on the bench, Kevin Millar at first, and Jose Bautista in left. Vernon Wells returns to the 3-hole after going batting .333 with a walk, two doubles, and a home run in his 3 games out of the sixth spot.

Today's title comes from Wilco (the song) off the new Wilco record. I must say, I am enjoying it quite a bit so far. I wonder if Jeff Tweedy and his former bandmate Jay Farrar purposefully orchestrate their releases (Son Volt has one coming out this week I think) or if it's just coincidence. The competition can't hurt sales, though after so many years it's hardly the Doc-AJ matchup to which we were treated early on in the season.


Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees

07/06/09 1:05 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays New York Yankees
Marco Scutaro - SS Derek Jeter - SS
Aaron Hill - DH Nick Swisher - 1B
Vernon Wells - CF Mark Teixeira - DH
Scott Rolen - 3B Alex Rodriguez - 3B
Alex Rios - RF Jorge Posada - C
Kevin Millar - 1B Robinson Cano - 2B
Jose Bautista - LF Melky Cabrera - LF
Rod Barajas - C Eric Hinske - RF
John McDonald - 2B Brett Gardner - CF

And how could I forget? Most importantly, a very happy anniversary to our very own Tom and Mrs. Dakers!