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Saturday, July 26 (All times eastern)

Toronto Blue Jays (54-50) at New York Yankees (54-48), 1:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Drew Hutchison (6-9, 4.54) New York - Chris Capuano (1-1, 4.55)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The All-Star break appears to be just what the doctor ordered in New York. And a visit from the Toronto Blue Jays doesn't hurt much either.

Since returning from the Midsummer Classic, the Yankees have won all but one of their eight outings. They've been even more dominant at home with the Blue Jays in town and on Saturday will try to beat them in the Bronx for the 18th straight time when the American League East rivals play the middle test of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium.

Just a game over .500 at home to this point in the campaign, the Yankees are shooting for a fifth straight victory overall and hope that they can close the gap in the standings where they are three games behind division-leading Baltimore.

On Friday the hosts chased Mark Buehrle after just three innings, producing six runs on nine hits versus the veteran hurler. Chase Headley accounted for three of the 11 hits overall for the Bronx Bombers, scoring a pair of runs in the process. Ichiro Suzuki notched his first home run of the season as well, plating three.

"Every game from now on is going to be very important," Ichiro said through an interpreter. "Tonight was great, but we've got to go get them tomorrow. It's going to be a lot of tough games coming up."

Francisco Cervelli and Brian McCann added a pair of hits as well, while New York starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda made it through 5 2/3 innings in order to capture his seventh win. Kuroda gave up four runs on eight hits and struck out three, while walking one. David Robertson came on in the ninth to lock down his 26th save as he fanned a pair of batters.

"With the stuff I had, I was struggling all day, but at the same time, I tried to hang in there," Kuroda, who made the 200th start of his career, said through an interpreter.

Jose Bautista did all he could to keep the Jays competitive as he connected on a pair of home runs, finishing with three hits and four RBI. With the defeat, Toronto saw a three-game win streak come to an end and is now in third place in the AL East, four games off the pace.

The Blue Jays' drought in the Bronx is longest road slide by one team against another since Tampa Bay lost 18 in a row at Cleveland from 2005-10.

Winless in his last three outings, Drew Hutchison tries to get back on track for the Jays when he heads to the hill this afternoon. Currently three games under .500 on the campaign (6-9), the right-hander is in just his second major-league campaign after finishing 5-3 a year ago through 11 appearances.

Earlier this week Hutchison was pitted against the Boston Red Sox at home and lasted a mere 2 2/3 innings, bowing for the fifth time in the last six outings. The Sox pelted Hutchison with nine hits, leading to six runs.

The Florida native went up against the Yankees twice last month and each time came out on the losing end. The most recent of those encounters saw Hutchison permit four runs on seven hits and a couple of walks through six innings.

While the Yankees starting staff resembles nothing like it did when the season began, the team had planned on going with a young arm today in Shane Greene, but instead they added former Colorado Rockies hurler Chris Capuano to the roster on Thursday for cash considerations.

Capuano, who last pitched with the Boston Red Sox at the major league level last month, had been used as a reliever, but will be filling a void in the New York starting rotation for the moment.

The left-hander pitched for both for Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs after being released by the Sox in June. For his career, Capuano has a record of 1-0 with a 4.97 ERA in five all-time appearances versus the Jays.

New York is now ahead in the season series by a count of 7-3 and has won all 14 matchups played at home in the last two years.

07/26 10:21:20 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TAM 2
Final
IND 91
TOR 104
Final
DET 95
CLE 103
Final
MIA 102
MIL 109
Final
DAL 90
MEM 109
 
2nd
GSW 37
CHI 31
 
2nd
LAL 40
WAS 26
 
Final
AKR 59
BST 47
 
Final
KSU 63
CMICH 53
 
Final
VCU 72
GWU 48
Final
TOL 70
UMO 65
 
Final
MICH 58
NEB 44
Final
BGU 56
NILL 46
 
Final
EMICH 76
OHIO 40
 
Final
VT 70
PITT 67
Final
LAS 53
STJOE 48
Final
TULA 55
TULSA 62
Final
UGA 70
VANDY 62
Final
KYST 59
WVU 65
Final
BUF 77
WMICH 71
 
Final
GEOR 53
XAV 66
Final
EVAN 89
INDST 78
 
Final
ORU 94
TABOR 53
 
Final
OKST 64
BAY 53
 
9:00pm Tonight
PROV 0
DEP 0
 
Final
ALA 50
UF 52
 
9:00pm Tonight
RUTG 0
MSU 0
 
Final
ARK 69
TENN 64
 
2nd
AUB 59
TEXAM 71
 
Final
UTST 56
WYO 44
Final
SDST 58
FRES 47
 
2nd
CALST 54
SDCHR 39
 
2nd
NEV 39
UNLV 40
 
1st
BSU 9
COLST 3
 
Final
PHI 4
ARI 3
Final
NYI 4
NYR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 3
Final
PIT 5
WIN 3
Final
MON 3
DAL 2
Final
FLA 4
DET 5
Final
CAR 4
TAM 2
Final
NAS 4
COL 3
3rd
CAL 2
BUF 1
 
2nd Intermission
EDM 1
MIN 1
 
2nd
VAN 0
ANA 1