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Saturday, April 20th (All times eastern)

New York Yankees (9-6) at Toronto Blue Jays (7-10), 1:07 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: NY Yankees - Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 2.87) Toronto - Mark Buehrle (1-0, 7.31)

(Sports Network) - Mark Buehrle has certainly had his troubles when facing the New York Yankees over his career. Saturday, the veteran left-hander aims to snap a long personal skid against the Toronto Blue Jays' AL East rival in the resumption of the three-game series at Rogers Centre.

Buehrle is 0-6 over his last eight starts against the Yankees and is 1-8 with a 6.38 ERA in 12 games lifetime against New York. His last win versus the Yankees came April 10, 2004 when he pitched for the Chicago White Sox.

Buehrle is coming off a strong outing against the ChiSox on Monday when he scattered nine hits and gave up a pair of runs over 6 1/3 innings in his initial win of the year.

Hiroki Kuroda will provide a tough mound opponent for the Blue Jays. The Japanese right-hander is coming off his fifth career shutout when he blanked the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. Kuroda allowed five hits and had five strikeouts and didn't walk a batter. He's 2-1 with a 4.67 ERA in three career games against the Blue Jays.

Kuroda has been exceptionally strong against AL East opponents. He's won seven of his last 11 starts within the division and is 7-2 with a 2.99 ERA over the stretch.

Last night, Travis Hafner, Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay all hit solo homers in New York's 9-4 triumph.

Hafner and Wells both finished with two runs batted in, while Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano added an RBI each for the Yankees, who were coming off an interleague series win against Arizona.

Andy Pettitte worked 7 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and three runs while fanning five with one walk.

"It's nice when things go like this," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "It puts a lot of pressure on the other club when you can score runs from a lot of different places. That way responsibility doesn't fall on the same guys every night."

Jose Bautista ripped a two-run homer and J.P. Arencibia added a late solo shot for the Blue Jays, who have now dropped three of four.

Brandon Morrow was tagged for nine hits and seven runs -- five earned -- with four strikeouts and a walk over 5 1/3 frames.

"I kept falling behind guys in the first few innings and couldn't get into a good rhythm," said Morrow. "I just couldn't locate my fastball tonight and that hurt me."

New York was 11-7 versus the Blue Jays last season.

04/20 10:31:03 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR