The Yankees begin a 3-game series against the Blue Jays on Friday night in the Bronx. The Yankees have won 6 of their last 7, including winning 3 of 4 against the Rangers. Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 3.88 ERA) is the starting pitcher for the Yankees, as he looks to remain hot against a team that he is 3-0 against at home. Mark Buehrle (10-6, 2.86 ERA) will face off against a Yankee squad that he historically has not done well against (1-11, 5.81 ERA in 18 GS).
The Blue Jays are coming off their third win a row in a series against the Boston Red Sox. Kuroda looks to continue his solid pitching that does not show in his 6-6 record, due to a lack of run support while Buehrle looks to get back to the kind of pitching that got him to the All-Star Game 10 days ago.
–Mark Buehrle has not won a game since June 1st against the Royals. He has cooled off considerably since that game when he became the first pitcher to reach 10 wins.
–The Yankees have won 6 out of 9 games in the season series between the Blue Jays.
–Melky Cabrera returns to New York once again. He’s hitting the ball well this year, posting a .307 BA.