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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

Francisco Cervelli (Hamstring)

Status:
60-day dl
Note:
Cervelli suffered a grade 2 right hamstring strain on April 13th and has been placed on the 60-day disabled list.

Derek Jeter (Quadricep)

Status:
Probable
Note:
Jeter is dealing with a tight quadricep and has missed the last two games, but is expected to be ready for Wednesday's games against the Cubs.

Brian McCann (Finger)

Status:
Questionable
Note:
McCann injured his finger against the Red Sox on Sunday but X-rays came back negative. He is questionable for Wednesday's games against the Cubs.

Brian Roberts (Back)

Status:
Questionable
Note:
Roberts did not play Sunday because he is dealing with a back issue. He is questionable for Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cubs.

David Robertson (Groin)

Status:
15-day dl
Note:
Roberston is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin.

Alex Rodriguez (Suspension)

Status:
Out
Note:
Rodriguez is suspended for the regular season and playoffs due to his involvement in Major League Baseball's Biogenesis Scandal.

Brendan Ryan (Back)

Status:
15-day dl
Note:
Ryan is dealing with a pinched nerve in his back and has been placed on the 15-day disable list.

Mark Teixeira (Hamstring)

Status:
15-day dl
Note:
Teixeira has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 strain in his right hamstring. He is taking part in batting practice and should be able to return after the 15-day minimum.

Toronto Blue Jays

Maicer Izturis (Knee)

Status
15-day dl
Note:
Izturis has a complete tear of the LCL in his left knee and will undergo surgery. He is expected to be out four-to-six months.

Casey Janssen (Back)

Status
15-day dl
Note:
Janssen has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a lower back strain. He has been sent on a rehab assignment and is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays this weekend.

Adam Lind (Back)

Status
Questionable
Note:
Lind left Tuesday's game because of lower back tightness and is questionable for Wednesday against the Twins.

Colby Rasmus (Hamstring)

Status
Questionable
Note:
Rasmus left Sunday's game with hamstring tightness and did not play Tuesday. He is questionable for Wednesday against the Twins.

Jose Reyes (Hamstring)

Status
15-day dl
Note:
Reyes was placed on the 15-day disabled list after having left the season opener against the Rays with left hamstring tightness. He has been sent on a rehab assignment and is hoping to rejoin the team for Friday's series opener against the Indians.