The Yankees have whittled their magic number down to 20 as they go for their eighth win in a row this afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Here are some notes:

  • Javier Vazquez gets his rotation spot back today. He was 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in nine innings during his bullpen demotion.
  • Alex Rodriguez is expected back on Sunday, but Eduardo Nunez and to a lesser extent Ramiro Pena have filled in pretty well. Nunez hit .286 with a .724 OPS and Pena hit .286 with a .657 OPS.
  • Andy Pettitte is going to throw a simulated game today; one of the batters will be A-Rod.
  • Nick Swisher is still day-to-day. He was available for pinch hitting yesterday and could play today.
  • Damaso Marte was placed on the 60-day DL this week to make room for Chad Moeller on the 40-man roster. He could be having shoulder surgery soon to repair an inflamed shoulder.
  • If you missed it, Alfredo Aceves had a setback the other day and could be done for the season. Back surgery is a possibility for him.

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