Game 149: Yankees @ Blue Jays

Joe Girardi was optimistic that Alex Rodriguez would return from a sprained thumb tonight in Toronto.

Won't happen.

Rodriguez isn't in the lineup, but he told ESPNNewYork.com that he's leaning toward playing in Saturday's matinee.

Rodriguez hasn't played since Sept. 9.

Here are tonight's lineups:


Jeter SS

Granderson CF

Teixeira 1B

Cano 2B

Swisher RF

Chavez 3B

Posada DH

Martin C

Gardner LF

Sabathia LHP


McCoy SS

Thames LF

Bautista RF

Encarnacion DH

Lind 1B

Lawrie 3B

Rasmus CF

Arencibia C

Johnson 2B

McGowan RHP

Pre-Game Notes: A-Rod took eight rounds of live BP before the game with his new split grip on the bat (full story on the website) and his four home runs. Afterward, he said he felt pain-free for the first time in a month and expected to be able to play on Saturday . . . CC Sabathia is making his second attempt at win No. 20, after taking the loss last Saturday against the Angels despite allowing just one run in 6 IP. CC is 12-3 with a 2.99 ERA lifetime against the Blue Jays and has already beaten them three times this season . . . Toronto starter Dustin McGowan is making just his second start since 2008 after undergoing two shoulder surgeries and and knee surgery. He is 2-2 with a 5.61 in 11 career appearance vs. the Yankees but has not faced them since June 8, 2008.