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Yankees release Jacoby Ellsbury

The Yankees opened wide Wednesday night and swallowed hard when they released Jacoby Ellsbury, whom they owe $21 million for the 2020 season and a $5 million buyout on a $21 million option for 2021.

By 8 p.m. the Yankees had to set their 40-man roster to make room for prospects they wanted to protect from being taken in next month’s Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings in San Diego.

With their roster at 36 and not counting Domingo German — likely to be suspended for the start of the 2020 season — the Yankees added six minor league players, released Ellsbury and designated first baseman Greg Bird and lefty Nelson Cortes Jr. for assignment.

The Yankees added outfielder Estevan Florial, and right-handers Deivi Garcia, Luis Gil, Brooks Kriske, Luis Medina, Nick Nelson and Miguel Yajure to the roster.

Releasing the 36-year-old Ellsbury, who hasn’t played since the 2017 ALCS due to a buffet of injuries that included hip surgery late in the 2018 campaing, puts an end to the seven-year, $153 million contract the Yankees dumped on the left-handed hitting center fielder before the 2014 campaing.

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Ellsbury’s final season at $21 million wasn’t going to be insured. Even after his release, Ellsbury and his annual average value of nearly $22 million would count toward the Yankees’ 2020 luxury-tax figure.

Paying $26 million to a released player could impact what the Yankees do in free agency since it will count toward the luxury-tax threshold.

The move arrives at a time when the Yankees could use outfield help, as Aaron Hicks will likely miss the first two months of the season because of Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

In four years with the Yankees, Ellsbury batted .264 with a .330 on-base percentage and posted a .716 OPS. The previous seven seasons with the Red Sox, Elllsbury batted .297 with a .350 on-base percentage and .789 OPS.

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New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays

New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays

Both the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays are looking to snap a minor losing streak when they face off today at 7:10PM ET.

The Yankees are putting Masahiro Tanaka on the mound tonight to face Chris Archer of the Rays. According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Tampa Bay is favored at home, as they are getting odds of -115 to win. New York is listed with a money line of +105 to prevail, while the over/under total is set at 7 runs.

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The New York Yankees are just trying to hold on to the momentum of the past few weeks and avoiding losing streaks is the only way to do that. The Yankees had won six in a row but now have dropped back to back contests following a 3-1 loss to the visiting Blue Jays on Thursday. Yanks starter CC Sabathia was done in by poor defense and a lack of support with a pair of unearned runs allowed on two  hits and a base on balls over seven frames to drop his record to 3-3. The Bronx Bombers totaled six hits and three walks with Starlin Castro blasting his 6th homer. The Yankees give the series opening start at Tampa Bay with Masahiro Tanaka on the bump. Tanaka is shooting for back to back wins after defeating Oakland 5-1 with lone run scored on five hits over seven innings.

 

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The Tampa Bay Rays appeared to be finding the groove but have tailed off the past week. The Rays recent funk continued with a 9-1 loss to visiting Miami on Thursday and saddled the team with defeats in five of six. Nothing went favorably for the Rays with starter Drew Smyly charged with five runs on six hits through six innings to fall to 2-6 with Ryan Garton giving up three runs on six hits in two innings. TB mustered seven hits and walked twice with the lone run scoring on Brandon Guyer’s 6th homer while Corey Dickerson enjoyed a three hit afternoon. Tampa Bay kicks off the series with visiting New York with Chris Archer on the mound. Archer is coming off of a 9-4 loss at Detroit with six runs allowed on eight hits in three frames.
 

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New York Yankees vs Oakland Athletics

New York Yankees vs Oakland Athletics

New York Yankees (18-22) at Oakland Athletics (19-23)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 9:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)
C Sabathia (2-2) (3.81) vs. S Gray (3-4) (5.84)

The Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics, 4-1, in the first game of a weekend series at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.

When the Oakland A’s last saw the Yankees exactly one month ago, the Yankees were at 5-6, down three games in the AL East. The Yankees have since gone 12-16, including the three-game A’s sweep at Yankee Stadium, and are in last place trailing the Orioles by 7.5.

The Yankees have also been less prodigious base stealers; while they had 13 steals in the first 11 games, they’ve only had 12 in their last 18. In the last 30 days, that’s good for 9th best in the AL.

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The New York Yankees look for another win after winning 10 of their last 16 games. The Yankees have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 14 games. The New York Yankees offense has been hit or miss this season but they have won eight straight games when scoring more than three runs. Starlin Castro leads New York with 41 hits, Carlos Beltran has 22 RBI and Brett Gardner has five home runs. CC Sabathia gets the ball, and he’s 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. Sabathia is 9-11 with a 4.71 ERA and 146 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

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The Oakland Athletics look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Athletics have scored 17 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics offense has struggled at times but they have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Josh Reddick leads Oakland with 47 hits, Khris Davis has 29 RBI and Marcus Semien has 10 home runs. Sonny Gray takes the hill, and he’s 3-4 with a 5.84 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. Gray is 1-1 with a 3.43 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.

 

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Kansas City Royals vs New York Yankees

Kansas City Royals vs New York Yankees

Kansas City Royals (15-15) at New York Yankees (11-17)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)C Young (1-4) (5.76) vs. I Nova (1-1) (5.14)
The Line: New York Yankees -110 / Kansas City Royals +100

The Yankees opened a four-game series against the World Series champion Kansas City Royals with a 6-3 win on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

By now, Masahiro Tanaka has gotten used to pitching under pressure while the New York Yankees lineup continually provides him with little run support.

Tanaka insists he’s only going to worry about doing his part on the mound.

After Carlos Beltran led an offensive awakening, the right-hander will try to pick up a rare victory as the hosts go after their fourth win in five games Tuesday night against the struggling Kansas City Royals.

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The Royals look to rebound after a 5-4 loss on the road in Cleveland yesterday as they continue their trip to the Bronx to take on the struggling Yankees who are off to a terrible start in the AL East. The Royals are the defending champions and favourites to once again lay claim to the AL Central crown but they have some work to do as they are 15-15 in their first 30 games and haven’t quite looked like the team many expected to see this season. Kansas City will send Chris Young to the mound who will look to improve on his shaky 1-4 start as he matches up with Ivan Nova who is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA through his first few starts of the season.
Kansas City’s Kris Medlen (1-3, 6.85) has been brutal in two home starts, but he’s 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA in three on the road. He’ll try to regroup after the first six batters he faced scored and he didn’t get an out until his 38th pitch on Wednesday.

The Yankees have had a very slow start to the year and don’t really look like they are going to make significant progress any time soon, though they did welcome Aroldis Chapman to the team who will look to make an immediate impact with one of the league’s most daunting bullpens. The Yanks are 11-17 so far this season and while they are still in the mix thanks to a lackluster beginning from most of the other AL East opponents it looks like it could be a long season in the Big Apple for the Pinstripers as they are an aging group with a lackluster rotation.

The Royals are 15-6 in their last 21 games following a loss, 4-1 in Young’s last five starts when the team allows 5+ runs in their previous outing, but are 2-8 in their last 10 road games against a righty. The Yankees meanwhile are 1-5 in Nova’s last six home starts, 3-8 in their last 11 overall, and 5-12 in their last 17 when scoring two runs or less in their previous outing.
Although Tanaka (1-0, 2.29 ERA) has limited opponents to two earned runs or less in each of his six outings, victories have been tough to come by for the 27-year-old with a 2.75 run support average that ranks near the bottom of the majors.

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Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

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Boston Red Sox (74-80) at New York Yankees (85-69)MLB Baseball: Monday, September 28, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
The Line: New York Yankees -160 / Boston Red Sox +150
Over/Under: 8.5

The New York Yankees are on the verge of being eliminated from contention in the American League East race and the rival Boston Red Sox are waiting to push them over the edge. The Red Sox will try to post their fourth straight shutout win when they visit the Yankees in the opener of a four-game series on Monday

The Boston Red Sox look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Red Sox have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Red Sox have won six straight when scoring more than three runs. Xander Bogaerts leads Boston with 190 hits and 80 RBI while Mookie Betts and David Ortiz have combined for 176 RBI. The Boston Red Sox have split their last six road games. Eduardo Rodriguez takes the hill, and he’s 9-6 with a 3.97 ERA and 93 strikeouts this season. Rodriguez is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.

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The New York Yankees look to remain hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Yankees have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Yankees have lost five of their last eight when scoring three or less runs. Chase Headley leads New York with 147 hits and 62 RBI while Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius have combined for 119 RBI. The New York Yankees have won four of their last five home games. Masahiro Tanaka takes the hill, and he’s 12-7 with a 3.38 ERA and 136 strikeouts this season. Tanaka is 4-2 with a 4.84 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.

The Red Sox are 8-3 in their last 11 during game 1 of a series and 0-4 in Rodriguezs last 4 road starts. The Yankees are 4-1 in their last 5 games on grass and 5-2 in their last 7 Monday games. The Red Sox are 3-10 in the last 13 meetings.

The AL East is all but out of reach for the Yankees. Also, Rodriguez has been solid against the Yankees this season and these games are usually close.

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Red Sox LH Eduardo Rodriguez (9-6, 3.97 ERA) vs. Yankees RH Ivan Nova (6-9, 4.87) Rodriguez allowed three runs on six hits and a pair of walks in six innings against Tampa Bay last Monday without factoring in the decision. That snapped a string of three straight outings of surrendering exactly one earned run, but marked the 16th time in 20 outings that the opposition failed to reach the 22-year-old Venezuelan for more than three earned runs. Rodriguez has limited New York to two or fewer runs in each of his three starts against the division rivals.Nova is 1-5 in his last six starts, but held the mighty Blue Jays to one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 4-0 loss on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Dominican has completed seven innings only once in his 15 starts this season. Nova was reached for three runs in six innings at Boston on Aug. 31 to suffer a loss to fall to 3-5 with a 4.99 ERA in 11 career games – 10 starts – against the Red Sox.

WALK-OFFS

  1. New York’s magic number to clinch a postseason spot is three.
  2. Boston SS Xander Bogaerts added two more hits on Sunday and needs 10 over the final seven games to reach 200.
  3. New York CF Jacoby Ellsbury has recorded multiple hits in five of his last eight games.

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New York Yankees at New York Mets

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(espn.go.com)- The last time the New York Mets and New York Yankees met this late in the season, it was in the 2000 World Series.

There’s a possibility they could meet in the Fall Classic this year.

The Mets will host this weekend series, with the red-hot Yoenis Cespedes getting his first taste of this rivalry Friday night.

This is the latest regular-season edition of the Subway Series, and there is plenty at stake for both teams. The Mets (83-63) have a comfortable NL East lead over Washington while the Yankees hold the AL’s top wild card as they try to catch first-place Toronto in the East.

“A lot’s been made of this weekend coming up,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “It’s now here so now we’ve got to get ready for it.

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The Yankees (80-65) won’t have Alex Rodriguez in the lineup this weekend, with no designated hitter at Citi Field. They took two of three at home in April from the Mets, who did not have Cespedes.

Acquired July 31 from Detroit, Cespedes has become one of baseball’s biggest stories. He has 17 homers and 42 RBI in 43 games with the Mets, giving him totals of 35 and 103.

The slugger has gone consecutive games without a homer after connecting nine times in 13 games to start the month. The Mets are seeking to avoid their first three-game losing streak since Aug. 14-16.

The Mets lineup will also look different to the Yankees since David Wright andTravis d’Arnaud were out with injuries for the April series and Juan Uribe had yet to be acquired.

Collins compared facing the Yankees to his club’s three-game sweep at Washington last week that gave the Mets a commanding division lead.

“We need to approach it like it’s the Washington Nationals walking in here,” he said. “Look, it’s a game we’ve got to go play, we’re playing for something big, they are too. It’s very similar to when we played the Nationals.”

The Yankees will start Masahiro Tanaka (12-6, 3.40 ERA) on four days’ rest for the fifth time and second occasion in a row after giving him extra rest through most of the year. Tanaka improved to 3-0 with a 2.54 ERA in his last four outings after seven innings of four-hit ball in Sunday’s 5-0 victory over the Blue Jays.

“He’s throwing the ball extremely well,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We checked with him to see how he was, he said he felt good and that’s why we’re doing it. I know he hasn’t done it a lot but we need him to pitch well for us.”

The right-hander is 5-2 with a 1.97 ERA in seven career interleague starts including a four-hitter in a 4-0 road win over the Mets last year. Cespedes is 3 for 10 against him.

This will be a special outing for Steven Matz (3-0, 1.88), a Long Island native who grew up rooting for the Mets. He’ll make his fifth start, third since returning off the disabled list and first in interleague play.

The left-hander allowed one run in five innings last Friday to earn a 5-1 victory at Atlanta.

He’ll face an offense with some slumping hitters.

Brian McCann is hitting .194 in his last 10 games and Chase Headley is at .179 in his last 15. Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury each are hitting .204 since the All-Star break to rank among baseball’s worst batters.

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Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees

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The Toronto Blue Jays and Yankees square off for four games starting Thursday, separated in the American League East by 1.5 games, Toronto with the advantage.

After the rubber match Wednesday night against the Red Sox, the Blue Jays continue their 10-game road trip with a pivotal four-game series at Yankee Stadium against their closest rival.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: LH David Price (14-5, 2.43) vs RH Luis Severino (3-2, 2.04)

Friday, 7 p.m.: RH Marco Estrada (11-8, 3.36) vs. RH Ivan Nova (6-7, 4.50)

Saturday, 1 p.m.: RH Marcus Stroman (0-0, 0.00) vs. RH Michael Pineda (10-8, 4.15)

Sunday, 1 p.m.: RH R.A. Dickey (10-10, 4.01) vs. RH Masahiro Tanaka (11-6, 3.57)

This is the biggest series of the season for both clubs, who have been separated by fewer than two games for the better part of a month now. Prior to Wednesday night’s action, the Jays held a slim, 1.5 game lead atop the division. Despite a number of key injuries, the Yankees have showed no signs they are prepared to concede the pennant. The Jays and Yankees are first and second in runs scored this season, and first and fourth in run differential.

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On Thursday, New York rookie Luis Severino (3-2, 2.04) will face lefty David Price (14-5, 2.43).

Severino struck out nine Blue Jays on August 16 over 6.0 innings and Price, who the Blue Jays nabbed from Detroit at the trade deadline, has allowed three earned runs in 14.1 innings against New York this season.

But beyond Severino, the Yankees’ rotation is in flux. With Nathan Eovaldi out possibly the rest of the season with elbow trouble, New York hasn’t yet named any starters for the next three games, though they’re likely to stay in rotation

The Blue Jays sport among the league’s best offense; since August 1 they have baseball’s top on-base percentage (.348) with the third-most homers (56.)

But Yankees aren’t exactly slouching: they have 47 homers and the third-most walks, 127, in that time.

While it will likely feel like a playoff atmosphere at 161st street in the Bronx, Girardi said in terms of the rotation, it will be probably be decided in the next day or so. Losing the first two games wouldn’t effect Saturday or Sunday in that regard.

Rain began to fall late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning in New York City, and the forecast for the first of a four-game series between the Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays doesn’t look promising.

Several forecasts early Thursday morning have rain falling steadily through the morning and then picking up in the afternoon and evening.

That is not good news for those hoping to see some baseball. If the game is rained out, it would be the first Yanks’ washout all season.

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New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

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(espn.go.com)- As they look to keep fighting in the AL East chase, the visiting Yankees are hoping Masahiro Tanaka can continue to pitch well Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox.

After missing three games at Atlanta and Monday’s 4-3 loss at Fenway Park, Teixeira was sent back to New York for further tests on his injured shin. The results weren’t positive as the first baseman will miss at least two weeks with a significant bone bruise.

Rick Porcello pitched great, which is what mattered most to the Boston Red Sox.

The New York Yankees won, which is what mattered most to the New York American League Baseball Club.

Porcello struck out a career-high 13 batters and walked just one in eight innings, but a two-run double by Stephen Drew in the fifth and a home run by Brett Gardner that wrapped around the Pesky Pole in the eighth was enough to give the Yankees a 3-1 win over the Red Sox before 35,077 in Fenway Park.

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Drew’s two-out double followed an error by rookie first baseman Travis Shaw, who allowed Didi Gregorius’ grounder to skip under his glove with Alex Rodriguez on first with a single. Drew hit a 2-and-0 pitch from Porcello, his first 2-and-0 count of the night.

Gardner’s home run also came with two out.

The Sox scored their only run on a double by Jackie Bradley Jr. and a two-out, opposite-field single by Pablo Sandoval in the third off Yankees starter Michael Pineda. Pineda gave up four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven in six innings.

The Sox threatened in the eighth against Yankees setup man Dellin Betances on singles by Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts, but with David Ortiz at the plate and two out, Betts was called out for oversliding third base on an attempted double steal.

The call was reviewed by replay officials in New York, who issued the following ruling:

“After viewing all relevant angles, the Replay Official definitively determined that the runner lost contact with third base while the fielder was applying the tag. Additionally, the umpires on the field determined that the fielder did not push the runner off the base, a decision that is not reviewable. The call is CONFIRMED. The runner is out.”

Ortiz struck out on the next pitch to end the inning, and former Sox left-hander Andrew Miller struck out three batters in the ninth to register his 29th save. Miller has 73 strikeouts in just 47 1/3 innings.

The most recent Red Sox pitcher to whiff 13 or more or more while walking one or fewer was Jon Lester, on July 24, 2010, when he K’d 13 and walked one in a 5-1 loss. The last Sox pitcher to do so at Fenway: Curt Schilling, when he walked one and struck out 14 in eight scoreless innings in a 3-2 Red Sox win.

Nine of Porcello’s 13 strikeouts came on a called third strike.

What it means: The Toronto Blue Jays were up 1.5 games on the Yankees coming into Tuesday in the American League East and were tied with the Cleveland Indians as of this writing. If Toronto wins, the two teams will stay dead-locked in the division. A loss brings the Yankees to within a half-game.

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Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees

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Where: Yankee Stadium.

Who: The Indians vs. the Yankees, Thursday through Sunday.

Pitching matchups:
RHP Josh Tomlin (0-1, 2.84) vs. RHP Ivan Nova (5-4, 3.57) Thursday at 7:05 p.m.;
RHP Carlos Carrasco (11-9, 3.63) vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (9-5, 3.56) Friday at 7:05 p.m.;
RHP Danny Salazar (11-6, 3.16) vs. RHP Luis Severino (0-2, 3.18) Saturday at 1:05 p.m.
RHP Trevor Bauer(9-10, 4.62) vs. CC Sabathia (4-9, 5.24) Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Season Series: The Indians lead, 2-1. The Yankees lead overall, 1,090-857.

Ivan Nova (5-4, 3.57 ERA) and Josh Tomlin (0-1, 2.84 ERA) start in the first of a four-game series between the New York Yankees (67-52) and the Cleveland Indians (55-64) at Yankee Stadium. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 20

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New York is a -155 favorite against Cleveland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Yankees have recorded an overall money line of +512 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 42-26. New York is an impressive 4-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games.

Cleveland is coming in with an overall money line of -2,055 and a disappointing record of 16-24 as the underdog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-3 record when playing as the underdog. Offensively, the Indians have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.0 runs per game by averaging 5.5 during that stretch. Cleveland is excellent at drawing walks with an AL-best 3.4 per game. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Indians are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season. The Indians have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.8 strikeouts per game.

Injuries:
Indians 
INF Chris Johnson (infected left hand), RHP Cody Anderson (left oblique), LHP TJ House (left shoulder), LHP Nick Hagadone (left elbow) and RHP Gavin Floyd (right elbow) are on the disabled list.

Yankees
OF Dustin Ackley (back), RHP Bryan Mitchell (concussion, broken nose), RHP Diego Moreno (right elbow), RHP Michael Pineda (right forearm), RHP Sergio Santos (right elbow) and CF Chase Whitley (right shoulder) are out. 1B Teixeira (right leg) is day to day.

The Indians lead the season series, 2-1. The Yankees have a 45-39 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they’ll be facing when Tomlin takes the mound. Nova (RHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a 41-37 record against right-handed starting pitchers.

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New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays

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This has become one of the most exciting AL East pennant races in years. For both the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays, this may be the most highly anticipated series and the most important series of the season. The Yankees are use to having control of this division, while the Blue Jays have not had the lead this late in the season since 1993.

All three games of this series against the New York Yankees are sold out, and the Blue Jays can establish a franchise record with their 12th straight victory when they send David Price to the mound in Friday night’s matchup with first place in the AL East on the line.

ROGERS CENTRE

Tonight, 7:07 p.m.
LH David Price (11-4, 2.36) vs. RH Ivan Nova (4-4, 3.52)

Tomorrow, 1:07 p.m.
RH Marco Estrada (10-6, 3.21) vs. RH Masahiro Tanaka (8-5, 3.79)

Sunday, 1:07 p.m.
RH Drew Hutchison (11-2, 5.26) vs. RH Luis Severino (0-1, 2.45)

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Toronto (64-52) leads New York by one-half game after becoming the first team since the 1954 Cleveland Indians to post two win streaks of at least 11 games. Baseball’s highest scoring team averages 5.3 runs, with the Yankees second at 4.8.

The Yankees (62-51) have already been victimized by them during this streak, getting outscored 10-1 last weekend in a three-game sweep in the Bronx. New York failed to score in the final 26 innings of that series and dropped to 2-7 versus Toronto.

For the Yankees, the batters to watch are Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner. These two have really been feeling the dog days of August.

For the Blue Jays, the batter to watch is surprisingly Justin Smoak. In his last five games, he has four hits, two home runs, and an astonishing eight RBI.

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