Preview: Yankees @ Blue Jays (8/27/13)

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After yet another Hughes loss, Andy Pettitte (9-9, 4.26 ERA) will pick up the pieces and take on J.A. Happ (3-3, 5.10 ERA). In his last start, also against the Jays, Pettitte surrendered a homer for the first time in August, but that was the only run the veteran allowed. He held on for the win, throwing six innings and striking out three. “The job that Andy did was important. We needed it,” Joe Girardi said. “We needed to get at least six innings out of him, and he was able to do that. He pitched very well.”

Happ was dominant through four innings during his last outing against the Yankees before he lost control of the strike zone in the fifth. He was charged with four runs over 5 1/3 innings while walking five and striking out four.

The Yankees have been waiting all season to have Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in the lineup together, but after Monday night, they’re 0-1 with the duo on the field at the same time. Jeter went 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout in his first game since coming off the DL. “It’s nice. Hopefully, we can keep him this time,” Girardi said. “We haven’t been so fortunate the last two times. He’s played some rehab games, he’s felt well. It’s nice to have him back in the lineup.”

 

Notes on the game

Alex Rodriguez hit his 650th career home run on Monday.

Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen saved his 12th game in his last 13 tries on Monday.

Brett Gardner recorded his 500th career hit on Monday.

 

First pitch at 7:05 PM on Yes

RJ Loubier

Born and raised in Connecticut right on the Massachusetts boarder aka I've had to live with Red Sox fans my entire life. However, my dad is a lifelong Yankees fan and he raised me right! The long, storied history of the team and the legendary players who have worn the Pinstripes captivated me at a young age and never let me go. With a degree in journalism and broadcasting writing about the Yankees just made sense (@ThoseRJs)

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