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Saturday, August 30 (All times Eastern)
New York Yankees (70-63) at Toronto Blue Jays (67-67), 1:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Michael Pineda (3-2, 1.95) Toronto - Drew Hutchison (8-11, 4.68)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Pineda eyes another strong showing on Saturday when the New York Yankees continue a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Pineda allowed six hits or less for an MLB-leading 15th straight start on Monday to pick up his first win in over four months in Kansas City. He allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings, winning for the first time since April 16. He gave up five hits and struck out five without walking a batter.
"It seems like when he's able to take the ball, that's what he does," catcher Brian McCann said. "When he takes the mound, he's as good as it gets."
Pineda, who missed over four months with a back injury, has surrendered two runs or less in all seven of his starts this season and is 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA.
He beat the Blue Jays back on April 5 and is 1-1 with a 4.38 in four starts against them.
Toronto, meanwhile, will counter with righty Drew Hutchison, who is 8-11 with a 4.68 ERA. Hutchison did not get a decision against Tampa Bay on Sunday, but pitched well, giving up a run and six hits in six innings of his team's 2-1 loss.
After giving up 13 runs in his previous two outings, Hutchison produced his ninth quality start of the season. He is 8-11 on the year with a 4.68 ERA.
Hutchison beat the Yanks back on July 26. He is 2-3 lifetime against them, though, with a 5.81 ERA in five starts.
New York continued to roll on Friday, as Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer to cap a five-run seventh inning that powered the Yankees to a 6-3 win.
Chris Capuano (2-3) started Friday's series opener for New York and earned his first win with the club. The veteran lefty allowed three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits and walked one in 6 1/3 innings.
"I'm really happy to get a win," said Capuano. "I was just focusing on making pitches."
New York won for the seventh time in nine tries, but may have to get by without Ellsbury on Saturday, as he is questionable for the contest with an ankle injury.
Toronto starter Mark Buehrle (11-9) held the Yankees scoreless through the first six innings, but left without recording an out in the seventh.
"He was good tonight," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Buehrle. "We really couldn't get any offense going."
New York is 8-5 against the Blue Jays this season.
08/30 10:24:28 ET