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  W: W. Font (3-2)   L: T. Lyons (0-1)
4:07 PM PT5:07 PM MT6:07 PM CT7:07 PM ET19:07 ET23:07 GMT7:07 4:07 PM MST6:07 PM EST6:37 PM VEN3:07 UAE (+1)6:07 PM CT, September 13, 2019
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 23,915

Winning-but-wounded Yankees visit Blue Jays

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New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. The Yankees are 51-17 (.750) against AL East opponents this year, on pace to be the best record by any team in the divisional era against its own division. They are 8-5 against the Blue Jays, their worst record versus any of the four opponents in the division.
  2. New York's .512 slugging percentage in road games would be a modern-era record (since 1900), while the team's 149 home runs on the road are the second most all-time behind this year's Twins (152). The Yankees' 6.32 runs per game on the road would be the most by any team since the 1996 Mariners (6.50).
  3. Toronto's 90 losses are the club's most since going 67-94 in 2004. They were one of four teams with no 90-loss seasons from 2005 to 2018, along with the Angels, Cardinals and Yankees.
  4. Cavan Biggio has averaged one walk every 5.8 plate appearances this year, the second-best rate in the majors to Mike Trout (5.5; minimum 300 PA). It's the fourth-best walk rate by a rookie since 1900, and best since Aaron Judge in 2017 (5.3; also minimum 300 PA).
  5. DJ LeMahieu's .325 batting average ranks second in the AL to Tim Anderson of the White Sox (.333). The last Yankee to finish in the top two of the AL batting race was Derek Jeter in 2006, and the last to win the batting title was Bernie Williams in 1998.
  6. Masahiro Tanaka is 7-3 with a 3.24 ERA at home this year, but 3-5 with a 6.09 ERA on the road. That's the largest home/road ERA difference by any AL ERA qualifier this season (+2.85; where road ERA is higher).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/13/2019 thru 9/15/2019

The New York Yankees will visit the Toronto Blue Jays for the opener a three-game series Friday night while dealing with yet another flurry of injuries.

The Yankees (97-51) swept a doubleheader from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, but they suffered three injuries in the process. Winning despite injuries has been a theme for the Yankees this season.

While New York is comfortably ahead in the American League East, having a magic number of five to eliminate the second-place Tampa Bay Rays, the Blue Jays (57-90) are trying to avoid their first 100-loss season since 1979.

Toronto failed to complete a three-game sweep against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday in a sloppy 7-4 loss in which they made three errors, two in the outfield.

Yankees designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion left the first game in Detroit after this third at-bat with a strained left oblique. Left-hander J.A. Happ allowed seven hits and two runs in 4 2/3 innings in the first game, and following the outing it was learned that he has biceps tendinitis.

In the second game, catcher Gary Sanchez left in the fourth inning with tightness in his left groin. He was caught trying to steal second in the top of the third, but caught the bottom of the inning. He has been out with a strained groin and a left calf injury this season.

The Yankees are optimistic that all three injuries could be minor.

"My understanding is (Encarnacion) was fine swinging," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "We hope it's minor and we got ahead of it, but we won't know until we get it checked out."

Happ has been pitching with discomfort in the area for the past several starts.

"It's progressing, getting to a point where we decided to go get it checked out and go from there," Happ said.

The Yankees will start right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (10-8, 4.53 ERA) Friday against Blue Jays left-hander Anthony Kay (0-0, 3.18).

Tanaka is the second pitcher in Yankees history to reach double-digit wins in each of his first six major league seasons, joining Andy Pettitte, who did it in each of his first nine seasons (1995-2003).

Tanaka is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in three starts against the Blue Jays this season. In 20 career starts against Toronto, he is 13-5, 2.69. In nine starts in Toronto, he is 4-3, 3.18.

Kay will be making his second major league start. He was obtained from the New York Mets in the deal for Marcus Stroman late in July. He had an impressive major league debut against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sept. 7, allowing two runs and striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings.

The Blue Jays could welcome back two injured players this weekend. Outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (left quadriceps strain) could return and serve as the designated hitter.

And 19-year-old right-hander Elvis Luciano (right elbow sprain) has been activated from the 60-day injured list, while left-hander Clayton Richard was released to make room for him.

Luciano, a Rule 5 draft pick, is 1-0 with a 6.51 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.

"We've got more people in the bullpen now than when he was active," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. "He pitched a lot more than we probably wanted to at one time. But it's just about finding the spots where he can succeed."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 13, 2019

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