American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, July 25
(All times Eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (54-49) at New York Yankees (53-48), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Mark Buehrle (10-6, 2.86)
New York - Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 3.88)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Winless since the start of June, the task doesn't get
any easier for Toronto's Mark Buehrle on Friday night with the veteran
scheduled to go up against a longtime adversary.
Buehrle looks to beat the New York Yankees for only the second time in his
career as the Blue Jays begin a three-game series in the Bronx.
The 35-year-old Buehrle appeared on his way to a career season nearly two
months ago, improving to 10-1 with a victory over Kansas City on June 1. His
earned run average at the time stood at 2.10.
However, Buehrle has gone 0-5 with a 4.06 ERA in eight starts since, losing
once to the Yankees in two starts over that time. His setback in New York on
June 18 was his eighth consecutive losing decision to the Yankees and he is
just 1-11 against them lifetime with a 5.81 ERA.
The left-hander escaped with a no-decision versus Texas last time out on
Sunday, giving up five runs on eight hits and three walks over six innings. He
is 10-6 on the year with a 2.86 ERA.
Both the Blue Jays and Yankees are putting heat on Baltimore in the race for
first place in the American League East. Toronto and New York both find
themselves three games back of the front-running Orioles thanks to some recent
The Blue Jays saw starter Marcus Stroman carry a no-hitter into the seventh
inning of Thursday's 8-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Stroman ended up
allowing one hit over seven scoreless frames, while Juan Francisco ended a
double shy of the cycle, hitting a two-run homer and driving in four.
But the true spotlight was on Stroman, who walked two and struck out seven to
help Toronto go 5-2 on a seven-game homestand.
"He pitched a hell of a game today," said Toronto catcher Dioner Navarro,
whose club now begins a 10-game road trip.
The Yankees, meanwhile, have lost just once in seven games since the All-Star
break and took the final three of a four-game set with Texas by winning
Thursday's finale 4-2.
Brandon McCarthy pitched six strong innings for his second straight win,
striking out five and giving up one run on four hits and two walks. The
Yankees have won all three of his starts since acquiring the right-hander
from the Diamondbacks on July 6 for Vidal Nuno.
"They put up some long at-bats against him," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
"But he just kept at it, kept throwing strikes. ... He just found a way to get
The Yankees next turn to 39-year-old Hiroki Kuroda, who is 6-6 with a 3.88 ERA
on the year.
Kuroda did not factor into a 3-2 win over Cincinnati on Sunday, charged with
one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings. The righty worked around three hits and
two walks, striking out six.
Kuroda is 5-3 with a 3.86 ERA in his career versus Toronto, including a recent
road win on June 25. He gave up three runs over 6 1/3 frames of work.
The Yankees have won six of nine versus the Blue Jays this season, including a
three-game sweep at home from June 17-19.
07/25 10:38:15 ET