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10:07 AM PT11:07 AM MT12:07 PM CT1:07 PM ET13:07 ET17:07 GMT1:07 10:07 AM MST12:07 PM EST12:37 PM VEN21:07 UAE11:07 AM CT, April 14, 2021
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Yankees seek to score more in rubber game vs. Blue Jays

According to STATS
According to STATS

New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. The Blue Jays have won five of the last seven against the Yankees, including taking two of three in the opening series. Toronto has held New York to just 10 runs and a .182 batting average in those five wins.
  2. The Yankees avoided a sweep with an 8-4 win in extra innings over the Rays on Sunday. New York's No. 4-6 batters are hitting a combined .156 this season, 29th in MLB (Miami, .132), while its No. 7-9 batters are hitting .333, best in MLB.
  3. Toronto snapped a four-game losing streak with a 15-1 win over the Angels on Sunday. The Blue Jays racked up 14 hits and nine walks but didn't hit a single home run -- their 15 runs were tied for second most in any game without a homer in franchise history (16 runs vs. NYY on July 14, 2011).
  4. After hitting a career low .223 in 2020, Brett Gardner has collected at least one hit in all five of his starts this season. He has scored 101 runs against the Blue Jays in his career, tied with Evan Longoria for the most among active players.
  5. Bo Bichette went 2-for-4 with three runs and five RBI on Sunday, his eighth consecutive game with at least one hit. He became just the second Blue Jays shortstop with 3+ runs and 5+ RBI in a single game, joining Felipe Lopez on September 4, 2001 versus the Yankees (based on career primary position).
  6. Gerrit Cole is 3-0 with a 2.94 ERA in five career starts against the Blue Jays. He has a 1.14 ERA in his last six starts dating back to 2020, all against AL East opponents, including three vs. Toronto.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/12/2021 thru 4/14/2021

The New York Yankees know hitting isn't as easy as they made it look the previous four seasons. But they'd like to make it look a little less difficult than they've done thus far in 2021.

The Yankees will look to snap out of their early season doldrums Wednesday afternoon, when they're scheduled to face the Toronto Blue Jays in the rubber game of a three-game series at the Blue Jays' spring training site in Dunedin, Fla.

Corey Kluber (0-1, 5.68 ERA) is slated to take the mound for the Yankees against Ross Stripling (0-1, 7.56 ERA) in a battle of right-handers.

Hyun-Jin Ryu carried a shutout into the seventh inning Tuesday night, and Marcus Semien and Rowdy Tellez hit solo homers as the Blue Jays earned a 7-3 win.

The Yankees hit into three double plays in falling to 1-5 when scoring three runs or fewer. New York has scored 44 runs this season, tied for the sixth-fewest in the AL.

The Yankees led the American League in runs scored the last two seasons and collected three runs or fewer 40 times in 2019, the most recent 162-game campaign and the first of back-to-back seasons in which it led the American League in runs scored.

That two-year stretch came after the Yankees ranked second in the AL in runs scored in 2017 and 2018. The current lineup features five everyday players from the 2018 squad -- Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres -- as well as DJ LeMahieu, who won the AL batting crown last year after finishing second during his first season in New York in 2019.

"Hitting's hard -- it's a game of failure," Boone said. "We haven't collectively strung really good at-bats together like we're capable of yet. It's frustrating anytime you're not scoring you know the way we're capable of. You've just really got to keep your nose down and really just continue to have and work for having quality at-bats and trust that the results will follow from there."

Across the field, the Blue Jays enjoyed top-to-bottom production Tuesday, when the first through fifth batters in their lineup went 8-for-19 while No. 7 batter Rowdy Tellez hit a homer and No. 9 hitter Josh Palacios opened the scoring with a two-run single in the second inning.

Palacios is filling in for Teoscar Hernandez, who is out for at least 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, while the homer was the first this season for Tellez after he hit 33 homers in his first 169 big league games from 2018-2020.

"He can be the Rowdy Tellez that carried us last year at the end before he got hurt (Sept. 8)," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. "We know it's in there."

Kluber took the defeat last Friday when he gave up five runs (three earned) over 2 1/3 innings as the Yankees fell to the Tampa Bay Rays, 10-5. Stripling didn't factor into the decision last Thursday, when he allowed four runs over five innings in the Blue Jays' 7-5, 11-inning loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Kluber is 2-3 with a 4.24 ERA in seven starts against the Blue Jays. Stripling is 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in four games (one start) against the Yankees.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 14, 2021

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