MLB

more stats

American League Preview from The Sports Network



Sunday, July 27 (All times eastern)

Toronto Blue Jays (55-50) at New York Yankees (54-49), 1:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - J.A. Happ (8-5, 4.55) New York - Shane Greene (2-1, 2.79)

(SportsNetwork.com) - With a 17-game losing streak in the Bronx a thing of the past, the Toronto Blue Jays now set their sights on taking the rubber match of a three-game series against the New York Yankees this afternoon.

In the midst of a nine-game road trip that has them making stops in Boston and Houston coming up, the Jays had been ineffective at Yankee Stadium since September 2012, but that ineptitude finally went away on Saturday thanks to a 6-4 victory.

Closing the book on the second-longest road losing streak against a single opponent in franchise history, Toronto now finds itself three games out of first place in the American League East, trailing only the surprising Baltimore Orioles.

Similarly, New York is also three games behind the O's entering play on Sunday.

Dan Johnson was responsible for four RBI on Saturday, thanks in part to a three-run home run in the top of the ninth in order to give Toronto some breathing room in the victory. Dioner Navarro generated three hits and Melky Cabrera scored twice for the visitors.

Drew Hutchison picked up the win for the Jays yesterday as he permitted two runs on five hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings. Now 7-9 on the campaign, Hutchison also struck out seven in the appearance.

"Big, big day, Hutch was outstanding," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons commented. "I've never felt so excited about winning a ballgame."

"Things that have happened previously, there's nothing you can do about them once they happen," Hutchison noted. "It's a fresh game, go out there and do everything you can do to give your team a chance to win."

Taking the loss for the Yankees was Shawn Kelley who came on in relief of Chris Capuano. Kelley recorded just one out as he surrendered one run on a hit and a walk. Capuano, a recent pickup by New York, was touched for two runs on five hits and four walks, fanning four over six innings.

"Good job. He did a really good job, gave us six good innings," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Capuano, the 11th different starter used by New York this season. "I said we'd use him around 100 pitches and that's what he gave us and he did a nice job."

Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann both went deep for the hosts, bringing in two runs apiece, while Derek Jeter logged two hits and a walk in his four official at-bats.

Aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time in two months, J.A. Happ readies himself to take the mound this afternoon for the Jays. The left-hander was last in action on Tuesday when he scattered seven hits over six shutout innings versus Boston at home. Happ issued just a single walk and struck out four as he won for the first time in nearly a month.

The Northwestern product is 2-2 with a 5.22 ERA in seven all-time appearances versus the Yankees.

As for the hosts, they originally had Shawn Greene penciled in for the start on Saturday, but he has instead been moved to Sunday. The rookie right-hander is making just his fifth appearance at the major league level and is hoping to bounce back from his first loss earlier this week versus Texas at home.

Against the Rangers, Greene was charged with four runs on five hits and a walk, striking out five over 5 2/3 innings.

Greene and the rest of the Yankee hurlers will have to be at the top of their game today as they take on the top home run hitting team in all of baseball. Through 105 games, the Jays have 126 home runs, boosting their slugging to .428 which is third in the majors.

Unfortunately for the hosts, they have issued the most home runs in the AL from a pitching standpoint, permitting 113 to this point in the campaign.

07/27 10:26:22 ET

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Cleveland

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Dallas

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Sun Bowl: Duke vs. Arizona State

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers vs Cleveland

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • WCBB: Duke vs. Kentucky

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes at NY Rangers

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: Louisiana Tech at NC State

    Tuesday at 7:00 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
UNC 82
OSU 74
Final
MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
Final
UNCW 66
ECU 54
Final
CAR 2
NYR 3
Final
CHA 104
UTA 86
2nd
WVU 75
NCSU 66
 
Final
NYK 90
PHO 99
Final
NOP 88
POR 114
Final
CHA 104
UTA 86
Final
HOU 97
ATL 104
Final
DAL 99
SAN 93
Final
DEN 76
IND 73
 
Half
LAC 50
MIL 52
 
Final
LALAF 16
NEV 3
Final
UTEP 6
UTST 21
Final
COLST 10
UTAH 45
Final
AFA 38
WMICH 24
3rd
BGU 20
SALABAMA 7
 
Final
GEOR 81
CHAR 78
Final
WKENT 67
LOU 76
Final
MICH 51
SMU 62
Final
CIN 47
VCU 68
Final
BSU 77
ABCHRIST 33
 
Final
PROV 85
UMASS 65
Final
AMER 46
MNTER 45
 
Final
UNC 82
OSU 74
Final
IUPUI 71
SALA 65
 
Final
VILL 82
SYR 77
Final
VT 64
CITA 61
Final
DUQ 79
MLOWELL 63
 
Final
FAIR 61
BEL 73
 
Final
YALE 60
GTDNS 64
 
Final
FD 76
DEL 74
 
Final
PSU 73
DREX 68
Final
UNCG 64
ELON 71
 
Final
ILL 62
MIZZ 59
Final
CAMP 90
MONT 64
 
Final
LONG 106
PSUBEAVER 74
 
Final
HOU 63
SCST 71
 
Final
FSU 75
SFLA 62
Final
BING 51
BONA 69
 
Final
RUTG 68
RFLSH 73
 
Final
MCNST 69
TOL 83
 
Final
JVU 84
TRUETT 55
 
Final
GT 65
VANDY 60
Final
INDST 56
EILL 60
 
Final
BUT 73
IND 82
Final
STEPH 94
ARTCH 57
 
Final
OREG 83
DELST 70
 
Final
Terriers 61
FATL 56
 
Final
TXARL 89
HPYN 50
 
Final
KU 96
LAF 69
Final
ARKST 67
MARS 58
Final
MEM 78
ORU 63
Final
KNST 53
UMBC 66
 
Final
NW 67
WMICH 61
Final
MIZST 65
EMICH 77
 
Final
CHIST 77
STJOE 54
 
Final
KENT 83
UCLA 44
Final
COC 68
DAVID 80
Final
RIU 69
DET 55
Final
UCR 78
HOUB 67
 
Final
MURST 89
ILLST 77
 
Final
NWST 89
LALAF 85
 
Final
WAGN 66
MON 74
 
Final
MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
Final
PITT 81
OU 77
Final
TENNM 77
PBY 60
 
Final
WYO 57
SOUTH 39
 
Final
AFA 75
UCD 81
Final
MSST 51
USCU 53
 
Final
JMU 71
HIGH 80
 
Final
TXST 90
HTILL 56
 
Final
DRAK 54
ISU 83
Final
SHU 73
UNH 60
 
Final
SCU 72
NE 78
 
Final
MSU 64
TXSOU 71
Final
UF 63
WAKE 50
Final
ND 94
PURD 63
Final
SHSU 61
PVU 44
 
Final
AUB 89
XAV 88
Final
AKR 92
BLUFFTON 53
 
Final
DAY 78
BU 62
 
Final
UNCW 66
ECU 54
Final
CLMB 82
HOF 77
 
Final
GMAS 86
IONA 81
Final
TOWS 53
LAS 67
Final
MAN 73
MRGST 69
 
Final
CCST 76
YALE 84
 
Final
PEPP 63
RICH 65
Final
MAR 58
STJOE 75
Final
KYST 71
TEXAM 64
Final
MAST 72
VALPO 75
 
Final
UMKC 104
INCWORD 110
 
Final
IDST 50
CALST 59
 
Final
NIOWA 56
IOWA 44
Final
SIUE 61
UWMIL 56
 
Final
TEX 78
LBSU 68
Final
TCU 88
TXSA 57
Final
ARK 85
SEMIZ 67
 
Final
NCOL 69
JVST 60
 
3rd OT
ARST 79
LEH 81
 
Final
NMST 67
NMU 69
 
Final
WASH 69
OKLA 67
 
Final
GRCN 81
STED 55
 
Final
WEBER 73
WLVRN 61
 
2nd
WVU 75
NCSU 66
 
2nd
SDST 51
BST 41
 
2nd
GONZ 51
CPSL 44
 
2nd
PAC 62
FRES 56
 
2nd
PORT 76
MNTST 49
 
2nd
CSNO 56
TAMCC 62
 
2nd
UTST 46
SDKST 56
 
1st
BYU 32
STAN 22
 
11:30pm Tonight
UNLV
UTAH
Final
LOS 4
ARI 2
Final
CLB 3
CHI 2
Final
BUF 1
COL 5
Final
PIT 3
FLA 1
Final
CAR 2
NYR 3
Final
MON 4
OTT 1
Final
TOR 4
PHI 7
Final
NYI 3
TAM 1
Final
NJD 0
WAS 4
Final
MIN 5
NAS 6
2nd
VAN 2
CAL 1
 
2nd
SJS 0
STL 0
 
Final
WAS 27
PHI 24
4th
SFX 35
SDC 28