Yankees-Blue Jays Preview

Having Deter Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in the lineup did little

to bolster their offense, though the New York Yankees might not

need much scoring with Andy Pettitte on the mound.

Pettitte will try to continue his successful run against the

Toronto Blue Jays and keep the visiting Yankees from sliding back

in the AL wild-card hunt Tuesday night.

New York (69-62) started both Jeter and Rodriguez for the first

time this season Monday. Rodriguez hit his 650th career home run,

but the pair went a combined 1 for 7 as the Yankees fell 5-2 for

their eighth loss in 11 road games.

Jeter, who went 0 for 3 after missing 22 games with a calf

strain, is 4 for 8 with two home runs against Tuesday’s starter

J.A. Happ (3-3, 5.10 ERA).

“He looked fine,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Everything looked

OK to me.”

Robinson Cano is hitting .211 in his past 19 road games after

going 0 for 4 in Monday’s loss that ended a 10-game winning streak

against the Blue Jays (59-73). The All-Star second baseman is

batting .351 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 14 games versus

Toronto this season.

The Yankees have scored 2.3 runs per game and batted .212 while

dropping three of four after averaging 6.3 runs and hitting .314

during a 10-2 stretch that vaulted them back into playoff

contention. They’re 4 1/2 games behind Oakland for the final

wild-card spot, with Cleveland and Baltimore ahead of them.

New York will attempt to generate some run support for Pettitte

(9-9, 4.26), who looks to win three straight starts for the first

time since his first three outings of the year.

Since going 0-3 with a 5.47 ERA during a five-start stretch,

Pettitte has allowed one earned run over 12 2-3 innings to win his

last two.

The left-hander has had the Blue Jays’ number, going 6-1 with a

3.04 ERA in his last eight meetings. He’s also gone 5-1 with a 2.91

ERA in his last seven in Toronto.

Pettitte looks to earn his third victory against Toronto this

season after he gave up one run and four hits over six innings in

Thursday’s 5-3 home win.

He’s limited Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie to a combined 2

for 20 over the past two seasons, though Rajai Davis is 9 for 17

with a home run and triple all-time in their matchups.

Pettitte might also have his hands full with Jose Reyes, who is

batting .387 in his last nine games against the Yankees.

“We just need to finish this one strong so that we go to spring

training with a better feeling,” said Reyes of his last-place Blue

Jays, who look for their first three-game winning streak since Aug.

4-6.

Happ is scheduled to make his fifth start since returning from a

skull fracture and sprained knee, the result of being hit in the

head by a line drive May 7 at Tampa Bay.

The left-hander hopes to bounce back after allowing four runs

and five walks over 5 1-3 innings in Thursday’s loss at Yankee

Stadium. He had yielded three runs and three walks over 12 1-3

innings in his previous two outings.

“I’ve been feeling good since coming back,” said Happ, who fell

to 2-1 with a 5.46 ERA in five career starts against the

Yankees.

Ichiro Suzuki has gone 4 for 7 with two doubles when facing

Happ, but Cano (3 for 14) and Alfonso Soriano (3 for 11) have

struggled.