American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, August 10th
(All times eastern)
New York Yankees (65-46) at Toronto Blue Jays (53-58), 7:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Freddy Garcia (5-5, 5.00)
Toronto - Ricky Romero (8-8, 5.47)
(Sports Network) - The American League East-leading New York Yankees get back
to work north of the border on Friday when they kick off a three-game set with
the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Yankees rebounded to earn a split after losing the first two contests in a
four-game series at Detroit. Eric Chavez, who has filled in nicely at third
base since Alex Rodriguez went down with an injury, was the hero on Thursday,
hitting a go-ahead solo homer in the eighth inning as New York hung on to beat
the Tigers, 4-3.
The game was not without drama, however, as Rafael Soriano ran into some
trouble in the ninth before nailing down his 27th save.
Mark Teixeira preceded Chavez's blast with a game-tying homer, his 21st of the
Chavez, a former All-Star in Oakland, had two hits and scored twice for the
Yankees, giving him a .467 batting average (14-for-30) in his last nine games.
He belted the game-winner against Joaquin Benoit, a pitcher he traditionally
"My numbers aren't very good against him," Chavez said of facing Benoit. "In
fact, they're pretty terrible. I was looking for a heater and I believe he
left a changeup kind of up and away. I just saw it out of his hand."
The banged-up Blue Jays, who are starting a 10-game homestand on Friday, are
coming in fresh off a disastrous 2-8 road trip, culminating with a three-game
sweep at the hands of Tampa Bay.
The Rays' Jose Lobaton drove in three runs and Matt Moore tossed six strong
innings, as Tampa Bay dispatched Toronto, 7-1, to finish the sweep on
Henderson Alvarez (7-9) was tagged in defeat for 11 hits and six runs -- four
earned -- over 4 2/3 frames for the Blue Jays, who stumbled to their ninth
loss in 11 outings overall.
Toronto scored just four runs on 12 hits in the entire series in Tampa as it
continues to toil without injured regulars Jose Bautista (wrist), Brett Lawrie
(oblique) and Adam Lind (back).
Veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia will take the ball for the Yankees in the
opener, hoping to halt New York's three-game losing streak in Toronto.
The crafty Garcia is coming off his 150th career major league win, the most
ever for a Venezuelan-born player, when he allowed two runs over five innings
in a 6-2 win over Seattle. The 35-year-old is 7-8 with a dismal 6.02 ERA all-
time versus the Blue Jays, however.
Opposing Garcia will be lefty Ricky Romero, who had lost seven straight
starts, until shutting down Oakland in a 3-1 win on Saturday. Romero is 3-5
lifetime against New York with a 5.37 ERA.
The Yankees have taken three of their five matchups versus the Jays so far
this season, dropping two north of the border in mid-may, before rebounding to
sweep a three-game series in the Bronx two months later.
08/10 10:34:18 ET