Jun 18, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie (rear) scores a run as the ball gets away from New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann (front) in the 4th inning during the MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees On Crucial 13-Game Stretch

The next 13 games for the New York Yankees could make or break their season. They face division opponents in every game for the next 13 games beginning with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays, who lead the league with 93 team home runs and have a 41-32 record, hold a slim 2 1/2- game lead over the Yankees. Joe Girardi knows how dangerous the Blue Jays are, with an explosive lineup and solid rotation. He told Chad Jennings of USA TODAY Sports:

“You knew how dangerous they were offensively. They went through some injuries last year just like everybody else. Sometimes it’s hard to overcome those. They’ve had a pretty consistent rotation, for the most part, this year. They’ve had to some make changes, they’ve had some guys that have gotten out to great starts. But we knew that they were very talented.”

For a Yankees team that has struggled with injuries in the rotation all year, and an inconsistent lineup, they have to get it going or they can pretty much be written off. The Yankees’ players know how important these games are.

“You can’t afford to have a losing streak against guys that you’re chasing,” Mark Teixeira told USA TODAY. “So these are all going to be big games.”

Edwin Encarnacion and Melky Cabrera have been huge for Toronto and with Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista healthy, it appears they are legit contenders.

The Yankees play 10 of their next 13 games at home, and 6 of those are against the Blue Jays.

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