American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, August 27th
(All times Eastern)
New York Yankees (69-62) at Toronto Blue Jays (59-73), 7:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Andy Pettitte (9-9, 4.26)
Toronto - J.A. Happ (3-3, 5.10)
(Sports Network) - Having Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in the lineup
together for the first time this season did not result in a win for the New
The Yanks hope for a change of fortune on Tuesday night as they play the
second contest of a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Things seemed to be tilting towards New York on Monday night, as they were set to
have Jeter in the lineup for only the sixth time this year. The shortstop has
had three stints on the disabled list due to various leg ailments and went 0-
for-3 with a walk in his first game since Aug. 2.
Manager Joe Girardi is expected to keep his eye on Jeter's health in an effort
to keep him at full strength for the stretch run. The 39-year-old reported no problems
after last night's contest.
"I always feel like I can play," Jeter said. "I haven't talked to (Girardi).
My job here is to play, so I'll come here ready to play (Tuesday)."
Rodriguez, meanwhile, hit his 650th career homer, 10 shy of Willie Mays for
fourth on baseball's all-time list, but it was a solo shot and New York did
little else against Toronto starter R.A. Dickey in a 5-2 loss.
Dickey gave up two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and three walks over 6
1/3 innings of work. Edwin Encarnacion drove in two runs as the Blue Jays
picked up their second straight win following a seven-game slide.
Toronto also beat New York for the first time since April 21 at home. The
Jays' recent 10-game slide to the Yankees included getting swept last week in
four games in the Bronx, where the club is 0-10 this year.
"We want to finish the season strong," Toronto's Jose Reyes said. "Every win
from now on is going to be huge."
New York, meanwhile, lost for the third time in four games and sits 4 1/2
games back of the second wild card spot in the American League. It also is 7
1/2 contests back of first place in the AL East.
Phil Hughes remained winless since July 2 after allowing five runs -- three
earned thanks to an error by Ichiro Suzuki -- on seven hits and three walks
over 4 2/3 innings for the Yankees.
"Every time I feel like I'm making progress ... it seems like I have these
kind of hiccups," Hughes said.
Andy Pettitte defeated Toronto's J.A. Happ last Thursday to cap off the four-
game sweep in New York and rematches with the left-hander tonight.
Pettitte has won consecutive outings since going winless in five straight
starts. He won for the first time since mid-July with a 10-3 decision in
Boston on Aug. 16, then bested the Blue Jays with six innings of one-run ball
in a 5-3 decision.
The 41-year-old lefty is 9-9 with a 4.26 earned run average in 23 starts this
year and has won both of his outings versus the Blue Jays in 2013.
Happ fell to 2-1 with a 5.46 ERA in five career encounters with the Yankees
after giving up four runs on three hits and five walks over 5 1/3 innings.
"I just walked two guys in the sixth inning and cost us the ball game," Happ
noted. "I felt good making pitches, doing everything I could. I felt good
about the way the game was going. Some crazy stuff happened in this game that
I'm just not going to talk about."
The 30-year-old is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four games since coming back from
injury and 3-3 on the campaign with a 5.10 ERA in 11 starts.
08/27 10:46:01 ET