Game Threat: Jays (67-51) @ Yankees (60-57)

R.A. Dickey
Photo credit: Adam Hunge-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees, somehow, haven’t even been complete garbage since the trade deadline — the point at which they divested themselves of two of their three top relievers, plus Carlos Beltran, and made the decision that A-Rod was going to get RET1R3D.

They’re playing the kids! Kind of.

I mean, sure, the empty husk of Jacoby Ellsbury is still there. And even though Joe Girardi doesn’t do victory tours, Mark Teixeira is still dragging his old bones out there every day. And there’s Headley, and Castro, and McCann, too. But some kids also!

Judge! Sanchez! Hicks! Whoever the hell Chad Green is!

Yeah, I dunno. But I guess this should be something over these next three games. Would be nice to get off to a nice start here, R.A. Would be real nice…

Scuttlebutt

Barry Davis tweets that Kevin Pillar played catch today and hit off a tee for the first time since he went on the DL. That’s probably a good sign.

Shi Davidi tells us that, per John Gibbons, Ezequiel Carrera is playing again for Buffalo tonight, and he notes that he’s eligible to come off the DL tomorrow.

More on this tomorrow, but I certainly ought to note that the Jays announced changes to their 2017 season ticket prices earlier today. They sure do want to treat their fans like they’re a big market team! But do they want to do the same for their pending free agents? (BlueJays.com has the details).

TV: Sportsnet
Next Game(s): Tomorrow @ New York (AL), 7:10 PM ET
AL East StandingsTOR (-), BAL (0.5), BOS (1.5), NYY (6.5), TBR (19.0)
And now, the lineups…

Toronto Blue Jays

Devon Travis(R) 2B
Josh Donaldson(R) 3B
Edwin Encarnacion(R) DH
Michael Saunders(L) RF
Troy Tulowitzki(R) SS
Darrell Ceciliani(L) LF
Justin Smoak(S) 1B
Melvin Upton Jr.(R) CF
Josh Thole(L) C
R.A. Dickey RHP

New York Yankees

Jacoby Ellsbury(L) CF
Chase Headley(S) 3B
Didi Gregorius(L) SS
Mark Teixeira(S) 1B
Starlin Castro(R) 2B
Brian McCann(L) DH
Gary Sanchez(R) C
Aaron Judge(R) RF
Aaron Hicks(S) LF
Chad Green RHP