American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, August 29th
(All times eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (57-71) at New York Yankees (75-54), 1:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - J.A. Happ (2-1, 4.15)
New York - CC Sabathia (13-3, 3.44)
(Sports Network) - CC Sabathia tries to pitch the New York Yankees to a series
win on Wednesday when they wrap up a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays
at Yankee Stadium.
Sabathia was terrific in his return from the disabled list on Friday in
Cleveland, as he allowed a run and four hits in 7 1/3 innings. He also struck
out nine and won his sixth straight decision to run his record to 13-3, while
lowering his ERA to 3.44.
"I felt pretty good. I was excited to get out there today," said Sabathia, who
had been sidelined since Aug.8 because of elbow soreness.
Sabathia tossed six scoreless innings to beat the Jays the last time he faced
them and is an impressive 13-3 lifetime against them with a 3.00 ERA in 17
New York bounced back from a loss in Monday's opener on Tuesday, as Phil
Hughes pitched seven strong innings and Rafael Soriano rebounded from a blown
save in the opener to help the Yankees eke out a 2-1 win.
Ricky Romero (8-12) pitched well enough to get his first win since June 22,
but Toronto's offense was limited to four hits, a night after the Blue Jays
rallied for an 8-7 win in 11 innings.
Romero allowed five hits and the two runs over seven innings, while fanning
six batters, but lost his 11th straight decision over a 12-start span.
"I've been working hard all week, the guys, everyone has kind of been helping
me out through this," Romero said of his struggles. "I'm just going to build
off of this."
Hughes (13-11) fanned five and the AL East leaders got perfect innings out of
David Robertson and Soriano to win for third time in their last eight
The Blue Jays, who snapped an eight-game road skid on Monday, got a homer from
Adeiny Hechavarria in the fifth inning. It was the first long ball of his
major league career, but Toronto lost for the eighth time in its last nine
To make matters worse the Jays announced on Tuesday that two-time defending
AL home run champion Jose Bautista will have season-ending left wrist surgery
next week. He is expected to be ready for spring training.
Toronto will rely on lefty J.A. Happ in Wednesday's finale. Happ did not get a
decision on Thursday in Detroit, but pitched well, surrendering a run and four
hits in 7 1/3 frames. He also struck out seven and walked three in the 3-2
Since being acquired from the Astros, Happ is 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA in eight
games (4 starts).
Happ beat the Yankees back on Aug. 12 and is 1-0 in two starts against them
with a 4.63 ERA.
The Yanks have won six of 10 from the Jays this season.
08/29 10:30:41 ET