Newly acquired Chris Capuano (1-1, 4.55 ERA) makes his first start in pinstripes against Drew Hutchison (6-8, 4.54 ERA) and the Jays. The Yankees acquired Capuano from the Rockies on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations and threw him right into the rotation. He was 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in four Minor League starts with Colorado. “It was nice to hit a reset button,” Capuano said. “I had a week where I threw some bullpen sessions and took a breath and then got back into that routine of starting again, and went back to the Minor Leagues, where everything is much simpler. You kind of get to know yourself again. It was a good experience.”
Hutchison’s last outing against Boston was not pretty. He tied a career high by allowing six earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings, which was the shortest of his career. “I made a few mistakes that got hit like they should, and a couple of other pitches got hit,” Hutchison said. “Just one of those things, it was a bad night. I put us in a terrible position and didn’t really give us a chance to win, and in the process, made it real tough on our bullpen.”
New York moved ahead of Toronto for second place in the East with Friday night’s win. The Blue Jays have dropped 17 consecutive games in the Bronx. “You always look at that short right field wall,” John Gibbons said. “Last year, I think we had a lead in almost every one of those games at one point. We had leads, they weren’t big leads. You never feel comfortable here.”
Notes on the game
The Yankees are 7-1 since the All Star break.
The Bombers are 7-3 against Toronto this season.
First pitch at 1:05 pm on Yes
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