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New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays

Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario

Saturday, August 11, 2012 1:07 PM

New York Yankees 5
Toronto Blue Jays 2
-1.5 (-115)
9.5 (-125)
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Yankees Blue Jays Game Recap



Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2: Ivan Nova threw 7 1/3 sensational innings and Casey McGehee belted a three-run homer as visiting New York won its fourth straight game.

Nova (11-6) breezed through Toronto's patchwork lineup, limiting the Blue Jays to two runs on five hits while striking out 10. The right-hander came into the game having allowed 16 runs over 10 1/3 innings in his previous two starts.

Derek Jeter added two hits and an RBI for the Yankees, who extended their American League East lead over the Baltimore Orioles to six games. The Orioles host Kansas City later Saturday.

New York broke things open with a four-run fourth inning against Blue Jays starter Aaron Laffey (3-3). With runners on first and second and two out, Jayson Nix lined a single to left field that brought home Mark Teixeira, who slid in just ahead of the throw from Rajai Davis.

McGehee followed with a blast into the second deck in center field, his ninth home run of the season and first since coming to New York in a trade with Milwaukee.

Toronto got on the board in the fourth. Davis reached on a single, stole second base and came around to score on Edwin Encarnacion's line-drive single to right field.

New York made it 5-1 in the sixth on doubles from McGehee and Jeter.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Laffey was charged with five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 frames. He walked four and struck out two. ... The game drew 45,582 to the Rogers Centre, the third announced sellout of the season. ... Jeter joined Hank Aaron as the only players in major-league history with 17 straight seasons of at least 150 hits. ... Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar was lifted from the game after he was hit in the elbow by a Nova pitch. Escobar, who was hit twice in the game, is the sixth member of the Jays' regular starting lineup on the sidelines.

Preview: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays


The New York Yankees appear to be back on track after a brief rough stretch. They would undoubtedly like to see the same thing happen to right-hander Ivan Nova, who takes the hill Saturday afternoon as the Yankees resume their three-game series with the division-rival Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. Nova's last two starts have been positively dreadful - and with the American League East still very much up for grabs, the Yankees need him to turn things around in a hurry.

New York came out swinging in Friday's series opener, with Ichiro Suzuki leading the charge in a 10-4 victory. The Japanese legend equaled a career high with five RBIs as the Yankees ended a three-game losing streak in Toronto. Looking to even the series is Blue Jays left-hander Aaron Laffey, who pitched briefly for the Yankees last season and would probably rather be in the pinstripes than lining up against them. The teams come into this one even in the season series at three wins apiece.

TV: 1:07 p.m. ET, YES (New York), RSN-1 (Toronto), MLB Network

PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RH Ivan Nova (10-6, 4.81 ERA) vs. Blue Jays LH Aaron Laffey (3-2, 4.39)

Nova is reeling from the worst two-start stretch of his young career, torched for 16 runs over just 10 1/3 innings in one-sided losses to the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers. The 25-year-old Dominican hurler is winless in his last five starts overall, but was coming off back-to-back quality starts against Seattle and Oakland before coming unglued. With a banged-up Toronto club in his sights, Nova will look to improve upon his already decent numbers against the Blue Jays (2-1, 3.75 ERA in five appearances).

Laffey's 11-game stint with the Yankees in 2011 provided him with some much-needed relief from a team that has had his number. The 27-year-old has allowed 10 earned runs over 7 2/3 innings against New York - six of which came in a forgettable 1 1/3-inning stint while with the Cleveland Indians back in May 2010. He was shaky in his last outing - surrendering four runs over six innings - but held on long enough to earn his third win in eight starts since joining the rotation.

WALK-OFFS

1. Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus likely won't be in the lineup Saturday after aggravating a groin injury late in Friday's loss. He is considered day-to-day.

2. The only two players on the Toronto roster to homer off Nova - RF Jose Bautista and 1B/DH Adam Lind - are both injured.

3. Ichiro is batting .353 (6-for-17) with nine RBIs over his last four games.
Away Spread Consensus 67% Yankees (-1.5) Home Spread Consensus 33% Blue Jays (1.5)
Total Over Consensus 68% Over (9.5) Total Under Consensus 32% Under (9.5)
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New York Yankees

Chris Capuano (Quadricep)

Status:
Out
Note:
Capuano suffered a grade two strain in his right quad and is expected to miss the first month of the regular season.

Ivan Nova (Elbow)

Status:
Out
Note:
Nova is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is not expected to play until the middle of the season.

Jose Pirela (Concussion)

Status:
Questionable
Note:
Pirela suffered a concussion after running hard into the outfield wall. His status is unclear for Opening Day against the Blue Jays.

Toronto Blue Jays

Maicer Izturis (Groin)

Status
Out
Note:
Izturis has a pulled groin and will begin the season on the disabled list.

Michael Saunders (Knee)

Status
Out
Note:
Saunders underwent surgery to remove the meniscus in his left knee and will begin the season on the disabled list.

Marcus Stroman (Knee)

Status
Out
Note:
Stroman will miss the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL.
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