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Game 16 Preview: Yankees at Blue Jays, A-Rod Back in the Lineup

After a tough extra-ining loss to the Jays last night, the Yankees will hand the ball to Bartolo Colon, who is making his first Major League start since July 24, 2009. With a win tonight, the Yankees would avoid their first losing streak of the season. Can Colon be a "stopper" tonight?

Current Series

Blue Jays lead the series 1-0

Tue 04/19 WP: Jon Rauch (1 - 1)
LP: Ivan Nova (1 - 2)
5 - 6 loss

New York Yankees
@ Toronto Blue Jays

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT
Rogers Centre

Bartolo Colon vs Brett Cecil

Mostly cloudy. Winds blowing in from left field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 45.


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Alex Rodriguez is back in the lineup for the first time since April 16th. His current triple slash is an absurd .385/.500/.821. 

Tonight's lineup: Jeter, Swish, Tex, A-Rod, Cano, Jones, Posada, Martin, Grandy.

Joe Girardi is expecting a competitive start from Colon tonight. From what I've seen so far, I can't help but agree.

It's what we expect. This is not a rookie. This is a guy that's had a lot of success in the big leagues. He's pitched at a very high level. His arm strength has been very good. It's not quite what it used to be. This is a guy that I remember facing him, he'd throw 93, 94 [mph] in the seventh or eighth inning. He'd get up to 98 [mph]. He had an extra gear. This guy knows how to pitch. 

Anyone else find it really funny that Girardi called Colon "this" rather than "he" multiple times?

Bartolo Colon vs. current Blue Jays.

Brett Cecil vs. current Yankees.