Blue Jays-Yankees Preview
Yankee Stadium continues to be a source of disappointment for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays came into the series winners of four in a row and seven of 10 after starting 10-21. But the Yankees have outscored Toronto 12-2 in winning the first two games of the series. New York has won eight of nine meetings this year, and 18 of 20 at Yankee Stadium.
"Yankee Stadium is always a tough place to play, regardless," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "They've taken it to us pretty good here."
New York (27-16) won its ninth straight at home against Toronto (17-26) on Saturday with a 7-2 victory on the strength of Robinson Cano's two home runs. Travis Hafner also provided some pop, hitting a two-run homer after missing the last five games due to right shoulder inflammation.
Cano's second multihomer game this season saw him improve to 22 for 53 (.415) with seven doubles and 12 RBIs over his last 13 games against the Blue Jays. Hitting .295 with team highs of 12 homers and 31 RBIs, Cano has been the most consistent part of a Yankees club beset by injuries.
"I'm glad that's not a moving part," manager Joe Girardi said. "He's not someone you can replace."
Sabathia (4-3, 3.19 ERA) helped the Yankees earn a four-game sweep of Toronto when he gave up four runs and nine hits over eight innings in a 5-4 win on April 27. He improved to 14-4 in 19 starts versus the Blue Jays.
The left-hander struck out a season-high 10 but also gave up a season-high 10 hits and three runs over 6 1-3 innings in a 4-3 win over Seattle on Tuesday, but didn't receive a decision.
"I just wanted to try to minimize the damage and make sure I keep the game close enough where we can have a chance to win," Sabathia told the team's official website.
Dickey (3-5, 4.83) snapped a four-start winless streak with a 10-6 victory over San Francisco on Tuesday. He also fanned a season-high 10 while allowing two runs and six hits over six frames.
"Early on, that knuckleball was alive," Gibbons told the team's website. "He took advantage of the fact that we gave him some cushion there, and he got some big strikeouts late in the game."
Dickey, who owns a 3.25 ERA in 11 games against the Yankees, surrendered three runs and four hits over seven innings in a 3-2 loss in the Bronx on April 28.
The Yankees hope they improved the depth of their infield Saturday by acquiring Reid Brignac from Colorado for cash considerations. Brignac wasn't in New York in time for Saturday's game but could suit up Sunday.
"Gives us a little bit better of a platoon situation because all the left side of infield bats are right handed," general manager Brian Cashman said. "Simple as that."
Jose Bautista is just 2 for 23 off of Sabathia with eight strikeouts, though one of those hits was a home run last month.