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Preview: Yankees at Blue Jays (8/29/14)

Chris Capuano (0-2, 4.21 ERA) is still hunting for his first win in pinstripes, he will try against Mark Buehrle (11-8, 3.41 ERA) and the Blue Jays. Capuano’s last start was a quality one against the White Sox. He went six innings allowing three runs. His Yankees debut was against the Blue on July 26, he took a no decision in six innings of two run ball.

Buehrle pitched well in his last start against the Rays but didn’t factor into the walk off win. He said he felt as good as he has in years.  His ERA in his last three starts is 4.80 ERA and since June 1st has just one win.

The Blue Jays will honor Derek Jeter in a pregame ceremony before the game, as this is the Yankees last time in Toronto this season. Jeter’s career slash line against the Jays is .313/.385/.439 with 48 doubles, 23 homers and 107 RBIs. “One thing you can say about him, his career speaks for itself, but he’s one of those guys who seemed to do everything right,” said John Gibbons. “Good or bad, he did everything right. He was that guy who always seemed to rise to the occasion when they needed something. Great teams over there, he showed up to play every day.”

Masahiro Tanaka threw 49 pitches in a three inning simulated game, throwing every pitch in his arsenal to Brendan Ryan. Ryan said that he thinks Tanaka looks close to big league ready. “The pinpoint command is probably going to be the last thing to come. I would expect that to be there pretty soon,” Ryan said. “He can go out there and get outs now, just on stuff alone. The sooner the better. I’d say it was a pretty good day.”

Tanaka said that he has been feeling normal soreness, another good sign as he attempts to avoid Tommy John surgery. He expressed frustration with some of his pitches, “I think some of the balls I am throwing, I’m still not able to hit my spots,” Tanaka said. “The rust is still there, so I still have some work to do to get back to game ready.”


7:05 pm on Yes.