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Game #156 -- Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees

Toronto Blue Jays

Reed Johnson,  LF
Matt Stairs,  RF
Álex Ríos,  CF
Frank Thomas,  DH
Aaron Hill,  2B
Greg Zaun,  C
Curtis Thigpen,  1B
Héctor Luna,  3B
John McDonald,  SS

Jesse Litch,  RHP  (6-9,  4.16)

New York Yankees

Johnny Damon,  DH
Derek Jeter,  SS
Bobby Abreu,  RF
Alex Rodriguez,  3B
Hideki Matsui,  LF
Jorge Posada,  C
Robinson Cano,  2B
Doug Mientkiewicz,  1B
Melky Cabrera,  CF

Andy Pettitte,  LHP  (14-8,  3.79)

The next pitching change Joe Torre makes, the Yanks will set a new AL record with 455 pitching changes (and counting) in a season.  The previous record of 454 was held by the Texas Rangers in 2003 -- a team that finished with a record of 71-91.

Pettitte has been dominant against the Jays during his career (16-8, 4.10 ERA in 32 games) and has been excellent again this season (1-1, 2.25 ERA in 3 starts).  Yanks have won 9 of his last 10 starts (8-1, 3.12 ERA).

As Jscape already noted, the Yanks do indeed catch a break because scheduled starter A.J. Burnett went home for personal reasons and has been replaced by Jesse Litsch.  No doubt this development will piss off RSN because Litsch has not pitched well against the Yanks this season (0-1, 12.71 ERA in 2 starts).

Yankees' career numbers vs. Litsch can be viewed here.  Jays' career numbers vs. Pettitte can be viewed here.  

The featured graphic for today's game is an alternate jersey logo of the Toronto Blue Jays from 1994 to 1996.