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Game #51 -- New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays

New York Yankees

Johnny Damon,  CF
Derek Jeter,  SS
Hideki Matsui,  LF
Alex Rodriguez,  3B
Jorge Posada,  C
Jason Giambi,  DH
Josh Phelps,  1B
Robinson Cano,  2B
Melky Cabrera,  RF

Tyler Clippard,  RHP  (1-1,  3.60)

Toronto Blue Jays

Alex Rios,  RF
Lyle Overbay,  1B
Vernon Wells,  CF
Matt Stairs,  LF
Frank Thomas,  DH
Aaron Hill,  2B
Howie Clark,  3B
Sal Fasano,  C
John McDonald,  SS

Jesse Litsch,  RHP  (1-1,  4.24)

The Yanks hope to avoid the sweep tonight (Sadly, I've been writing that a lot lately) in a match-up of 22-yr old rookies.  Both were outstanding in their ML-debuts earlier this month.  

These young hurlers were born just over three weeks apart in early 1985 -- which was roughly 9-10 months after Roger Clemens made his ML-debut for the Boston Red Sox on 5/15/84.

Changing gears, I don't know how fan blogs of the Cubs, D-Rays, Royals, and Pirates can stomach their respective teams on a game-by-game basis.  Consistently writing about how and why their team lost yet again the previous night has got to be especially nauseating when your team loses 100+ games every year with no light at the end of the tunnel.  Kudos to them.

I've only been doing this stuff for 50+ games and I'm already getting tired of it.  I suppose I'm a primary example of a spoiled Yankee fan during the Joe Torre era.  Nobody in MLB is going to feel sorry for us because this team is on the verge of missing the postseason for the first time since 1993.

Okay, I'm done venting.  For now.

The featured graphic for tonight's game is the BP cap logo for the Toronto Blue Jays used primarily in 1999.  Not sure why they thought the red cap was a good look for them since they had donned nothing but the blues and grays since their inaugural season of 1977.