Yankees-Blue Jays Preview

The New York Yankees haven’t fared too well on the road of late,

but they could get an emotional boost during the final stop on

their six-game trip.

The Yankees are expected to get Derek Jeter back for their

attempt to extend a 10-game win streak over the Toronto Blue Jays

on Monday night.

New York (69-61) has lost eight of 12 road games this month and

barely avoided a three-game sweep Sunday, getting a sacrifice fly

from Curtis Granderson in the 11th inning for a 3-2 win at Tampa

Bay.

New York will try to change its fortunes away from home by

adding to one of its longest win streaks over Toronto (58-73). The

Yankees, 12-1 in this season’s series, claimed a series-best 13 in

a row over the Blue Jays from 1995-96.

New York might have already matched that streak if not for an

8-4 loss April 21 that denied it a three-game sweep at the Rogers

Centre.

Jeter might get to help the Yankees keep beating the Blue Jays

in his return from a strained right calf. The team’s captain, 10th

on the all-time hits list with 3,308, has played just five games in

this injury-plagued season.

“He’s still going to have to be smart,” manager Joe Girardi told

the team’s website. “We’re just going to go day to day and see what

I see the night before and make the decision the next day.”

Robinson Cano, batting .464 in his last 14 contests, has played

a part in the Yankees’ success over Toronto by going 10 for 20 with

three homers and nine RBIs in his last five matchups. Cano is also

hitting .515 (17 for 33) during an eight-game hit streak in

Toronto.

Cano and Jeter will try to provide some much-needed support to

Phil Hughes (4-12, 4.88 ERA). The right-hander is 0-5 with a 5.63

ERA in his last eight starts but had one of his better performances

Tuesday against Toronto.

He allowed two runs over six innings but was in line for the

loss until New York rallied for a 3-2 victory. Hughes has received

a combined two runs of support in his last four games.

Hughes has allowed two runs over six innings in each of his two

starts against the Blue Jays this season but hasn’t received a

decision in either one. He’s gone 0-1 with a 12.46 ERA in his last

two games in Toronto, both in 2012.

R.A. Dickey (9-12, 4.49) is 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA in his last

three starts against the Yankees, losing both matchups this season.

He gave up two runs in the first seven innings versus New York on

Wednesday before allowing Soriano’s tiebreaking homer in his final

frame of a 4-2 loss.

Dickey, who struck out nine in that game, has allowed four runs

in each of his last two outings.

In this start, the knuckleballer will try to help Toronto build

off ending its season high-tying seven-game skid. The Blue Jays

used a bases-loaded walk and a groundout in the ninth inning Sunday

for a 2-1 victory to avoid a sweep to lowly Houston.

“Winning the last one here always feels good. It doesn’t make

things any better where we are at right now, but it was something

we needed,” manager John Gibbons said.

Jose Reyes is batting .393 in his last eight games against the

Yankees and is 5 for 12 (.417) in his four this season. He’s has a

pair of home runs in his six career at-bats versus Hughes.

Cano has two singles and a double in his last nine at-bats

against Dickey.