7:07 PM ET, August 26, 2013
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
New York: Hughes (4-12, 4.88 ERA)
Toronto: Dickey (9-12, 4.49 ERA)
The New York Yankees haven’t done such a great job away from home lately however oddsmakers believe the team could get some emotional assistance during the final stop on their six-game trip.
Tonight the Bronx Bombers will likely get Derek Jeter back for their attempt to extend a 10-game win streak over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Yankees (69-61) have lost eight of 12 road games in August and barely avoided a three-game sweep Sunday, getting a sacrifice fly from Curtis Granderson in the 11th inning for a 3-2 victory versus the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Yanks will try to change their ways on the road by adding to one of their longest victory streaks versus the Blue Jays (58-73). New York, 12-1 in this season’s series, claimed a series-best 13 in a row over Toronto from 1995-96.
YouWager experts believe New York might have already matched that streak if not for an 8-4 defeat April 21 that denied it a three-game sweep at the Rogers Centre.
Jeter might get to help his club keep beating Toronto in his return from a strained right calf. The team’s captain, 10th on the all-time hits list with 3,308, has been able to play only five games in this injury-plagued MLB season.
Robinson Cano, batting .464 in his last 14 contests, has played a part in New York’s success versus the Blue Jays by going 10 for 20 with three homers and nine RBIs in his last five matchups. The 30 year-old is also hitting .515 (17 for 33) during an eight-game hit streak in Toronto.
The Yankees will be sending Phil Hughes (4-12, 4.88 ERA)to the mound. The 27 year-old is 0-5 with a 5.63 ERA in his last eight starts but had one of his better performances Tuesday versus the Blue Jays.
The right-hander allowed two runs over six innings but was in line for the defeat until the Yanks rallied for a 3-2 victory. Hughes has received a combined two runs of support in his last four baseball games.
The California native has allowed two runs over six innings in each of his two starts versus Toronto this season but hasn’t received a decision in either one. Hughes’ has gone 0-1 with a 12.46 ERA in his last two games in Toronto, both in 2012.
The Blue Jays will counter with R.A. Dickey (9-12, 4.49) who is 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA in his last three starts versus New York, losing both matchups this season. According to the MLB moneyline, Dickey gave up two runs in the first seven innings versus the Yankees on Wednesday before allowing Soriano’s tiebreaking homer in his final frame of a 4-2 defeat.