First Pitch: Good times roll vs. Jays?

August, 27, 2012
8/27/12
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The Yankees salvaged a win on Sunday against the Indians to return home with a 2-4 record against Chicago and Cleveland.

If recent history is any indication, the Yanks should be able to keep things rolling against Toronto this week.

David Phelps takes the hill in place of Ivan Nova on Monday night in the Bronx, where the Yankees look to win their ninth straight home game against the Blue Jays.

Toronto has dropped seven in a row and eight straight on the road, and is 14 games under .500 for the first time since Sept. 2009.

And the Jays' prospects for Monday aren't looking great. Power hitter Jose Bautista is expected to be out, and starter Henderson Alvarez has lost his last four starts.

Alvarez hasn't recorded a decision in two starts against the Yanks and has a 5.25 ERA.

So things are looking good for the Yankees heading into Monday's game, which starts a six-game homestand.

They enter play Monday with a four-game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East.

UP NOW: Wallace Matthews writes about Rafael Soriano and the Yankees avoiding potential danger in Cleveland on Sunday and has notes on Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher.

WHAT'S NEXT: First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Myself and Johnette Howard will have you covered from the Stadium. Thanks for reading and following ESPNNewYork.com's Yankees coverage.

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.271 16 70 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146