Preview: Yankees vs Blue Jays (7/25/14)

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The Blue Jays come to town for a three game set in an AL East showdown. Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 3.88 ERA) and Mark Buehrle (10-6, 2.86 ERA) get the ball first. Kuroda’s last three outings have been sharp. He held opponents to a 2.79 ERA and .188 batting average in that span. He defeated the Blue Jays on June 25 in Toronto, allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Yankees’ starters have posted a 2.12 ERA in last 12 games and allowed more than two earned runs in a game only twice. They have also won six of its seven games since the All Star break and is now back to .500 at home.

Buehrle pitched six innings and gave up five runs on eight hits against the Rangers on Sunday getting a no decision. He has been stuck at 10 wins since June 1st. “Too bad he hasn’t had a win in so long,” John Gibbons said, “because he’s pitched well enough to have a few more under his belt.”

Mark Teixeira was diagnosed with a mild strain of his lower left lat on Sunday and the team wanted to wait three to four days to see how he responded. Joe Girardi said he will likely make a roster decision regarding Tex on Friday. “It’s just seeing how he feels after three or four days,” Girardi said. “Then we’ll decide if we think it’s going to be the near future that he would play or if we’re going to need the 15-day. If it’s going to be 12, 13, 14 days, it probably makes sense to get a player here.”

 

Notes on the game

Toronto has lost 16 straight games in New York

The Yankees play an AL high 33 home games the rest of the year.

Toronto and New York are tied for second in the division.

 

First pitch at 7:05 pm on MY9

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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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