Richard expected to start for the Blue Jays against Yankees
New York; Saturday, 1 p.m. EDT
LINE: Yankees favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 11 1/2 runs
The Yankees are 30-9 against the rest of their division. New York has hit 149 home runs this season, fourth in the MLB. Edwin Encarnacion leads them with 25, averaging one every 12.4 at-bats.
The Blue Jays are 12-22 against AL East Division opponents. The Toronto offense has compiled a .233 batting average as a team this season, last in the American League. Eric Sogard leads the team with a mark of .297. The Yankees won the last meeting 4-0. Domingo German earned his 11th victory and Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs for New York. Aaron Sanchez registered his 13th loss for Toronto.
TOP PERFORMERS: Encarnacion leads the Yankees with 25 home runs and is batting .219. Aaron Hicks is 13-for-37 with five doubles, three home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for New York.
LAST 10 GAMES: Yankees: 7-3, .294 batting average, 4.57 ERA, outscored opponents by 21 runs
Blue Jays: 4-6, .255 batting average, 5.16 ERA, outscored by three runs
Yankees Injuries: Luis Severino: 60-day IL (shoulder), Jordan Montgomery: 60-day IL (elbow), Jonathan Loaisiga: 60-day IL (shoulder), Ben Heller: 60-day IL (elbow), Dellin Betances: 60-day IL (shoulder), Jake Barrett: 60-day IL (elbow), Giancarlo Stanton: 10-day IL (knee), Cameron Maybin: 10-day IL (calf), Jacoby Ellsbury: 60-day IL (hip), Luke Voit: 10-day IL (abdomen), Troy Tulowitzki: 60-day IL (calf), Greg Bird: 60-day IL (foot), Miguel Andujar: 60-day IL (labrum).
Blue Jays Injuries: Ryan Tepera: 60-day IL (elbow), Marcus Stroman: day-to-day (chest), Matt Shoemaker: 60-day IL (knee), Elvis Luciano: 60-day IL (elbow), Edwin Jackson: 10-day IL (back), Clay Buchholz: 60-day IL (shoulder), Ryan Borucki: 60-day IL (elbow), Dalton Pompey: 60-day IL (concussion), Devon Travis: 60-day IL (knee).