Series: Game 3 of 4

NY Yankees leads 3-0 (as of 7/18)

Game 1: Monday, July 16
NY Yankees6
Game 2: Tuesday, July 17
in 10
NY Yankees3
Game 3: Wednesday, July 18
NY Yankees6
Game 4: Thursday, July 19
NY Yankees2

Blue Jays 1

(45-49, 19-30 away)

Yankees 6

(49-44, 29-18 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 18, 2007

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

    123456789 R H E
    TOR 100000000 1 10 0
    NYY 00000042 - 6 11 0

    W: M. Myers (2-0)

    L: S. Marcum (5-4)

    S: M. Rivera (16)

    Blue Jays-Yankees Preview


    The New York Yankees are starting to play like a playoff contender again, and they're hoping Roger Clemens can help them continue to make up ground in the AL East.

    Clemens will look to lead the Yankees to their fifth straight win Wednesday as they continue their four-game home series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

    The Yankees (47-44) rallied for a 10-inning, 3-2 win over the Blue Jays (45-48) on Tuesday, their fifth victory in six games since the All-Star break. New York has won 10 of 13 overall and pulled within eight games of front-running Boston in the AL East, the closest the team has been to first place since after games of June 18.

    The Red Sox lost 9-3 to Kansas City on Tuesday and have dropped six of nine.

    "We just seem to be playing with something in mind right now," manager Joe Torre said. "I think we're at a point now, because good things have happened when we've come after people, that when we lose a game like this it's going to be a surprise."

    The Yankees signed Clemens (2-4, 4.20 ERA) to a prorated $28,000,022, one-year contract earlier this season in the hopes of making a playoff push, but he has looked shaky at times in his seven starts.

    The right-hander, who turns 45 next month, allowed five runs in 5 1-3 innings of Friday's 6-4 loss in Tampa Bay. He was coming off consecutive eight-inning, one-run outings.

    Clemens pitched for Toronto in 1997 and '98 before he was traded to New York for his first stint with the Yankees. He went 41-13 with the Blue Jays and picked up two of his seven Cy Young Awards.

    Clemens is 23-12 with a 3.28 ERA in 47 starts against his former team, but has not faced the Jays since 2005 while with Houston.

    Robinson Cano hit a game-winning single in the 10th on Tuesday as the Yankees improved to 8-14 in one-run contests. Hideki Matsui went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to a season-best 12 games, and Melky Cabrera was 3-for-4 and has hit in a career-high 13 straight contests.

    "We needed this game desperately," said third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI single. "For some reason, we play with a lot of energy at home."

    Toronto, which fell to 2-4 since the break, stranded 12 runners for the second consecutive game.

    "They've got the knack for making the right pitch at the right time," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

    The Blue Jays will hand the ball to Shaun Marcum (5-3, 3.68), who began the season in the bullpen but is 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 12 starts since joining the rotation. He allowed five runs in six innings Friday, but still walked away with a 6-5 win in Boston.

    Marcum, who won for the first time in five starts since beating Washington on June 16, bounced back after allowing a season-worst eight runs in 3 1-3 innings of a 9-4 loss to Cleveland on July 7. He's 1-1 with a 5.47 ERA in seven appearances -- five starts -- against the Yankees, and threw six scoreless innings against them without receiving a decision in Toronto's 3-2 home win May 29.

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    Gameday Matchup

     TorontoNew York
    Current StreakL1W2
    Last 106-46-4

    Pitching Matchup

    TorontoNew York
    S. Marcum
    12-6, 4.13 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/22 at NYY
    3.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND
    R. Clemens
    6-6, 4.18 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/16 at BOS
    6.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.TorontoNew York
    1. R. Johnson, LF J. Damon, LF
    2. A. Rios, RF D. Jeter, SS
    3. V. Wells, CF B. Abreu, RF
    4. T. Glaus, 3B A. Rodriguez, 3B
    5. F. Thomas, DH H. Matsui, DH
    6. L. Overbay, 1B J. Posada, C
    7. A. Hill, 2B R. Cano, 2B
    8. J. Phillips, C A. Phillips, 1B
    9. J. McDonald, SS M. Cabrera, CF