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Game 79: A.J.'s former team "looking forward to seeing the ball travel"

Well, everyone has to crap out at the dice table at some point. The first game after a hot roll is snapped is critical, though. Because this is where the team demonstrates whether it was the loss or whether it was the streak that was an anomaly. Fortunately, the Yanks have seen pitches from Blue Jays' LHP Brian Tallet (5-5, 4.47), so they won’t have the opportunity to hand a new hurler his first W, as if they’re selling magazines and offering the first month free for all new subscribers.

Tallet looks sharp at times, but wild more times — 5 BB in last game against Yankees, 6 BBs in his most recent start on Sunday. He's got his work cut out for him with half the NY line-up marinating in hot streaks. RHP A.J. Burnett (6-4, 3.93) is coming off an intimidating 1-hitter in his last start, but the Jays are a far cry from the Mets--their 774 hits rank 1st in the league. And while most of Toronto's offense scratched their heads over A.J.'s nasty slider when they last met, some weren't as mystified (Scott Rolen: 3-4, 3 RBIs, and Aaron Hill: 2-4, HR).

So I'm pretty sure they're all licking their chops right now at the thought of Yankee Stadium's Longball Welcoming Center over the right field wall...


Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees

07/03/09 1:05 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays New York Yankees
Marco Scutaro - SS Derek Jeter - SS
Aaron Hill - 2B Johnny Damon - LF
Adam Lind - DH Mark Teixeira - 1B
Scott Rolen - 3B Alex Rodriguez - 3B
Lyle Overbay - 1B Robinson Cano - 2B
Vernon Wells - CF Nick Swisher - RF
Alex Rios - RF Hideki Matsui - DH
David Dellucci - LF Francisco Cervelli - C
Raul Chavez - C Brett Gardner - CF