TORONTO -- The Yankees and Blue Jays play their series finale today in the sunshine of the open-roofed Rogers Centre (it's on at 1 on YES if you want to channel surf from the action at One Bills Drive). And with no more off the days the rest of the season, and a makeup game in the Bronx against Minnesota tomorrow at 1, Joe Girardi is giving lots of people some rest.
Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira are not starting today. Robinson Cano is the DH. The infield has Eric Chavez at first, Eduardo Nunez at second, Ramiro Pena at short and A-Rod at third. What is this, Tampa in March?
The biggest question centers around Mariano Rivera. Would Girardi keep him out today to ensure he gets his record-breaking 602nd save at home since there are eight games in Yankee Stadium over the next seven days? It appears the answer is no.
If there's a save today, Girardi said before the game it's going to be Rivera's to get, just like it was yesterday when he tied Trevor Hoffman's MLB mark with No. 601. The Yankees are in charge in the AL East but the lead over Boston is only 4 1/2 games with 12 to play. That's no time to be messing around in a close game.
Freddy Garcia (11-7) pitches for the Yankees against Toronto's Brandon Morrow (9-1). So the Yankees lineup today looks like this: