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The New York Yankees are utterly dominating the Toronto Blue
Jays, and that’s been especially true at home.
Robinson Cano and Ichiro Suzuki have had a major role in that
While Cano looks for another big effort at the plate, Suzuki has
a chance to reach 4,000 career hits as the Yankees attempt to beat
the Blue Jays in the Bronx for the 12th straight time Wednesday
New York (66-59) has won 11 of the past 12 meetings with
Toronto, including eight in a row. The Yankees have been
particularly dominant at home against the Blue Jays, winning 20 of
22 and 11 straight for the longest such streak by either team in
the all-time series.
They kept that streak going by sweeping a doubleheader Tuesday,
winning 8-4 in the opener before Jayson Nix’s walk-off single
capped a 3-2 win in the nightcap. He tied the score with a solo
homer in the seventh.
Cano was also impressive in the twinbill, getting six hits with
a double, a homer and five RBIs as he continued to torment Blue
Jays pitching. He’s batting .381 with 25 RBIs over the last two
seasons against them, including a .459 average while driving in 17
runs over his last 15 matchups.
Suzuki is hitting .366 against Toronto (57-69) since being
acquired from Seattle last year. He had a single and a double in
Monday’s series opener, leaving him one shy of 4,000 combined hits
during his careers in Japan and the majors.
The right fielder’s 2,721 hits since coming to the majors in
2001 are 374 more than anyone else.
“I didn’t have 4,000 hits in my whole career, and you can go
back to tee ball,” manager Joe Girardi told the team’s official
website. “To me, it’s an unbelievable feat. He’s some kind of
Girardi is giving rookie Adam Warren (1-2, 3.57) his first start
of the season in order to get 41-year-old Andy Pettitte an extra
day of rest.
Warren’s only other start was his lone major league appearance
before this year, and it was a disaster. He gave up six runs and
eight hits in 2 1-3 innings of a 14-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox
on June 29, 2012.
The right-hander didn’t take the loss that day but has done so
twice in his last eight appearances and has a 5.02 ERA in that
span. He last pitched in Saturday’s 6-1 defeat at Boston, giving up
a run and three hits with three walks in two innings.
Warren has never faced the Blue Jays, who are looking to avoid a
fourth straight loss as they turn to R.A. Dickey (9-11, 4.49).
Dickey has allowed seven runs and 12 hits in 14 innings while
not getting a decision over his last two starts. He was 1-0 with a
0.66 ERA over his two previous outings – both Jays wins.
The right-hander seemed to be headed for a victory Friday,
allowing one run in five innings before giving up three in the next
two of a 5-4 loss at Tampa Bay.
Dickey was charged with a 3-2 loss at Yankee Stadium on April
28, giving up three runs and two homers in seven innings. The 27
homers he’s served up on the season are a career high and rank
among the most in baseball.
Dickey has limited Cano to 3 for 13 in their matchups while
Suzuki is 2 for 13. Both are 0 for 3 this year.