American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, September 28th
(All times eastern)
New York Yankees (90-66) at Toronto Blue Jays (69-87), 7:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Hiroki Kuroda (14-11, 3.34)
Toronto - Chad Jenkins (0-2, 4.24)
(Sports Network) - Hiroki Kuroda hopes to keep the New York Yankees in sole
possession of first place in the American League East on Friday when they
continue a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Kuroda has not been sharp of late and lost to Oakland on Sunday, surrendering
five runs (4 earned) and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, as he dropped to 14-11
to go along with a 3.34 ERA. He also walked three batters, the first time he
walked more than two batters in a start since June 19.
"I was trying to hit those corners and was missing the plate," said Kuroda,
who is pitching to a 6.75 ERA in September.
Kuroda tossed seven scoreless innings to beat the Blue Jays the last time he
faced them, but allowed seven runs in five innings against them in a loss back
on May 16.
Toronto will counter with righty Chad Jenkins, who will be making his second
big league start after 10 bullpen appearances. Jenkins lost his first start on
Sunday against Tampa Bay, despite a terrific outing that saw him surrender a
run and two hits in five innings.
"It's a huge boost in confidence," Jenkins said. "I've thrown pretty well up
here. There are a few things I need to fix, but for the most part it has been
nice. It will definitely give me a leg up going into Spring Training next
He is 0-2 on the year with a 4.24 ERA.
"He did a very good job for us," manager John Farrell said. "From the second
inning on, he did a much better job of controlling the strike zone in the
bottom half. He came out early, kind of overthrowing a little bit, and some
balls were elevated, but still, the one run allowed, two hits -- an
outstanding job on his part."
Toronto cruised in Thursday's opener, as Brandon Morrow tossed seven scoreless
innings and Edwin Encarnacion went 3-for-4 with three RBI, as the last-place
Blue Jays kept the Yankees from padding their AL East lead with to a 6-0
The loss moved the idle Baltimore Orioles within one game of New York with six
Morrow (9-7) scattered four hits and three walks while striking out three for
the Blue Jays, who were coming off a split of a four-game series in Baltimore.
"I was just trying to put up strikes the whole time and stay within myself,"
Morrow admitted. "I wasn't overthrowing. I thought I had pretty good stuff."
Brett Lawrie went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, while J.P. Arencibia also had
two hits, including a solo shot, in the win.
Ivan Nova (12-8) surrendered four runs on six hits and two walks over 4 2/3
innings to take the loss, New York's third in five games.
New York has won nine of 15 from the Jays this season.
09/28 10:40:43 ET