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The Spirit of Jazz: 7/3 Game Thread, Jays at Yankees

After yesterday's game, the Jays look to keep a bounceback series going against the Yankees.

Ricky Romero pitches for the Jays and he's generally just been spectacular in his sophomore season. A resurgent Andy Pettitte pitches for New York, coming off one of his weaker starts of the season.

Alex Anthopolous mentioned today that he expects Marcum to miss just the one start and that dl-ing him was "a cautionary measure." He's got an MRI scheduled for Monday.

AA on LindHill:

"All I can say is that we believe in both players strongly. I can go through a litany of players who have had weak first halves or weak seasons—it happens all the time. It’s unfortunate that it’s happened to the two of them. "With the way the offense performed the first two months of the season, we certainly were able to get through it. Now, with the offense scuffling a little bit, I think their struggles are a little bit more highlighted … We just have to continue to remain patient with them."

Here's a rather oracular quote from Cito on Litsch:

"The main thing is, you don’t want him to lose his confidence. You don’t want him to get where he feels like he can’t pitch here. Do you keep going with him and let him get it back here? Or, do you send him out or whatever? Whatever is good for him, we’re going to try to do."

Pretty clear to me that if Marcum does return on schedule, Cito is going to be arguing to retain Zep and send Litsch down.

Time to go mow the lawn, but I'll be back for gametime. Your lineups:


Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees

07/03/10 1:05 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays New York Yankees
Nick Green - DH Derek Jeter - SS
Alex Gonzalez - SS Nick Swisher - DH
Jose Bautista - RF Mark Teixeira - 1B
Vernon Wells - CF Alex Rodriguez - 3B
John Buck - C Robinson Cano - 2B
Aaron Hill - 2B Jorge Posada - C
Lyle Overbay - 1B Curtis Granderson - CF
Edwin Encarnacion - 3B Chad Huffman - RF
John McDonald - LF Brett Gardner - LF

Welcome back, EE. Pretty spectacular lineup, featuring Nick Green leading off and DH-ing and John McDonald in left. The four middle infielders in the lineup reminds me of the good old days when the Jays would run out catchers Gregg Zaun, Rod Barajas, and Jason Phillips all in the same lineup.