Blue Jays send Hutchison to Triple-A despite 12-2 record

Drew Hutchison is tied for sixth in the American League in wins.

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays have sent right-hander Drew Hutchison to Triple-A Buffalo a day after he moved to 12-2 by pitching Toronto to a win over the rival New York Yankees.

Hutchison pitched 6 2/3 strong innings at Rogers Centre on Sunday in Toronto’s 3-1 victory that avoided a three-game Yankees sweep.

Hutchison is tied for sixth in the American League in wins but has been inconsistent, especially on the road, and has a 5.06 ERA.

The move comes as Toronto looks to shorten its starting rotation in preparation for a run at the AL East title. The Jays entered Monday a half-game back of the Yankees for the division lead.

Toronto recalled infielder Matt Hague from Buffalo to replace recently demoted reliever Aaron Loup.

Hague leads the International League with a .348 batting average, 83 RBIs, a .427 on-base percentage and 161 hits.

The Jays said a roster move to fill Hutchison’s spot on the roster will be made Tuesday.