The New York Yankees didn’t make it easy, but with their offensive bats led by Nick Swisher and company, they were able to take two of three from the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Plus, the Bombers got some great performances from the pitching staff in Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia. New York still has the edge in scheduling when it comes to the last seven games of the regular season, but they go up against a familiar opponent this weekend north of the border that helped them out a little bit this week and will still look to play spoiler in the AL East race.
That team is the Toronto Blue Jays, who found a way to get a split from the Baltimore Orioles in Camden Yards. Toronto is a team looking to find out what it has going into the 2013 regular season. They have been a team as we have said all year that has suffered from the injury bug that faced several of their young pitching arms and outfielder Jose Bautista. They have one player, however, that did not play in the last series with New York that can make a difference for Toronto in stealing some games.
Third baseman Edwin Encarnacion has 42 home runs on the season, which is one behind Josh Hamilton for the American League lead and will look to provide the power that Toronto could use in the lineup. Also, New York sees starter Brandon Morrow on Thursday. Morrow has had some good starts vs. the Yankees in the last year or so, but is 1-3 since coming back from an oblique injury.
On this show, I talk about the Yankees’ series win in Minnesota. preview the pitching matchups, and the Yankees’ chances of clinching a playoff spot by the end of the weekend. We will have one more Yanks Go Yard Show for the regular season on Sunday night at 8:00 PM on the What’s Brewin’ In Sports Network on Blog Talk Radio. On that show, I will unveil the plans for future postseason programming for Yanks Go Yard.