American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, April 19th
(All times eastern)
New York Yankees (8-6) at Toronto Blue Jays (7-9), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: NY Yankees - Andy Pettitte (2-0, 1.20)
Toronto - Brandon Morrow (0-1, 4.60)
(Sports Network) - Andy Pettitte tries put a balky back behind him on Friday
when the New York Yankees begin a three-game series against the Toronto Blue
Jays at Rogers Centre.
Pettitte had his last start skipped due to back spasms, but is 2-0 this season
with a 1.20 ERA. The 40-year-old lefty threw around 40 pitches in a bullpen
session on Tuesday and felt fine afterward.
"I feel good. It was a good decision," said Pettitte, who hasn't pitched since
beating Cleveland on April 9. "I don't want to second guess anybody. I'll go
Friday. It's not that big of an issue. Hopefully, I'll feel great Friday."
Pettitte has had tremendous success against the Blue Jays over the course of
his career, going 22-13 with a 4.10 ERA in 44 games (43 starts). His 15 career
wins in Toronto are his second-most in an opposing stadium, trailing only his
16 in Baltimore.
New York got some awful news on shortstop Derek Jeter on Thursday, then went
out and dropped a 6-2 decision to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 12 innings. The
Yankees had tied the game in the ninth on Francisco Cervelli's home run, but
David Phelps surrendered four runs (3 earned) in the 12th to send New York to
just its second loss in nine tries.
But, the news was far worse earlier in the day when the team learned that
Jeter will remain sidelined until after the All- Star break after a CT scan
revealed a crack in his surgically repaired left ankle.
"We just have to keep battling along like we have been," Phil Hughes said of
Toronto, meanwhile, snapped a two-game losing streak on Thursday, as R.A.
Dickey tossed six scoreless innings and Rajai Davis went 2-for-4 with an RBI
double and a run scored to lift the Blue Jays past the Chicago White Sox, 3-1.
Dickey (2-2) struck out seven while giving up just two hits and one walk to
earn the win. Casey Janssen worked a perfect ninth to earn his fifth save of
Dickey, though, exited with muscle tightness.
"I had a knuckleball tonight where I would have thrown a complete game,"
Dickey said. "So it was unfortunate that (the injury) acted up on me."
Edwin Encarnacion and Munenori Kawasaki also added one RBI apiece for the Blue
Jays, who improved to 7-9 this season.
Hoping to keep the Blue Jays in the win column on Friday will be righty
Brandon Morrow, who is 0-1 with a 4.60 ERA. Morrow did not get a decision on
Sunday in Kansas City, despite a solid effort that saw him allow two runs and
six hits in six innings of a 3-2 loss.
"It was a nice job pitching," Toronto manager John Gibbons said.
Morrow is 5-2 lifetime against the Yankees with a 3.68 ERA in 17 games (11
New York was 11-7 versus the Blue Jays last season.
04/19 10:28:47 ET