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American League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, April 20th (All times eastern)
New York Yankees (9-6) at Toronto Blue Jays (7-10), 1:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: NY Yankees - Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 2.87) Toronto - Mark Buehrle (1-0, 7.31)
(Sports Network) - Mark Buehrle has certainly had his troubles when facing the New York Yankees over his career. Saturday, the veteran left-hander aims to snap a long personal skid against the Toronto Blue Jays' AL East rival in the resumption of the three-game series at Rogers Centre.
Buehrle is 0-6 over his last eight starts against the Yankees and is 1-8 with a 6.38 ERA in 12 games lifetime against New York. His last win versus the Yankees came April 10, 2004 when he pitched for the Chicago White Sox.
Buehrle is coming off a strong outing against the ChiSox on Monday when he scattered nine hits and gave up a pair of runs over 6 1/3 innings in his initial win of the year.
Hiroki Kuroda will provide a tough mound opponent for the Blue Jays. The Japanese right-hander is coming off his fifth career shutout when he blanked the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. Kuroda allowed five hits and had five strikeouts and didn't walk a batter. He's 2-1 with a 4.67 ERA in three career games against the Blue Jays.
Kuroda has been exceptionally strong against AL East opponents. He's won seven of his last 11 starts within the division and is 7-2 with a 2.99 ERA over the stretch.
Last night, Travis Hafner, Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay all hit solo homers in New York's 9-4 triumph.
Hafner and Wells both finished with two runs batted in, while Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano added an RBI each for the Yankees, who were coming off an interleague series win against Arizona.
Andy Pettitte worked 7 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and three runs while fanning five with one walk.
"It's nice when things go like this," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "It puts a lot of pressure on the other club when you can score runs from a lot of different places. That way responsibility doesn't fall on the same guys every night."
Jose Bautista ripped a two-run homer and J.P. Arencibia added a late solo shot for the Blue Jays, who have now dropped three of four.
Brandon Morrow was tagged for nine hits and seven runs -- five earned -- with four strikeouts and a walk over 5 1/3 frames.
"I kept falling behind guys in the first few innings and couldn't get into a good rhythm," said Morrow. "I just couldn't locate my fastball tonight and that hurt me."
New York was 11-7 versus the Blue Jays last season.
04/20 10:31:03 ET