For the New York Yankees (69-61), it was the usual trouble for them in Tropicana Field. The Yankees did snap their four straight series streak, but they were able to avoid a sweep with an extra innings win on Sunday. The main cog for the victory was Alfonso Soriano. Soriano had a 1 out double in the 11th inning, stole third, and then scored on a game winning sacrifice fly by Curtis Granderson. After a lackluster start by Hiroki Kuroda on Friday and then a CC Sabathia 6th inning meltdown on Saturday, the Yankees are fortunate to leave Tampa the same way they came: just 3.5 games behind of the Oakland Athletics for the second Wild Card spot. Plus, the team gets more of the calvary back as Derek Jeter makes his third return to the Yankees on Monday night. That return for the Captain comes against a team that the Bronx Bombers have dominated all season long.
The Toronto Blue Jays (58-73) have had another rough week to their disappointing 2013 season. On Sunday, they were able to snap their seven game losing streak, which partly consisted of being swept in four games by the Yankees and losing two of three in Houston to the Astros. They have seen their best slugger, Jose Bautista, go back on the disabled list with a left hip bone bruise. All in all, Toronto has not seemed to get anything going against the Yankees as they are 1-12 against them this year, including losing all ten games in the Bronx. Fortunately, this series for the Blue Jays is at the Rogers Centre and there have been some interesting names to watch in Toronto including outfielder Kevin Pillar and infielder Ryan Goins. Even with injuries, there are still power threats in the Toronto lineup like third baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who leads the team with 33 homers and 95 RBI’s.
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Series Preview Show, presented by BaldVinny.com, I discuss what to take out of the Yankees’ series against the Rays and the return of Jeter to the lineup on Monday. Plus, Travis Bateman from Tip Of The Tower joined me to talk about the Blue Jays’ misfortunes and if the loss of Bautista helps the team evaluate younger players for the future. Also, Travis gives us some players to watch on the Blue Jays’ side in a series where the Yankees need to win at least two games, if not sweep the series.