Game 70: Blue Jays (41-31) at Yanks (36-33)

June, 18, 2014
Jun 18
5:51
PM ET
NEW YORK -- The Yankees are on the verge of history tonight; if they beat the Blue Jays again, it will be the 15th straight time they have beaten Toronto at home, which will be their longest winning streak against a visiting team in more than a half-century. They won 19 straight at home against the Cleveland Indians between June 1960 and April 1962.

More importantly, it would pull them to within 2 1/2 games the of the AL East leaders, closer to the top than they have been since May 31. Here's the lineup Joe Girardi is sending out against Jays starter Mark Buehrle:

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alfonso Soriano RF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Brian Roberts 2B

Chase Whitley RHP

NOTES: Buehrle's winless streak against the Yankees stretches back even farther than the Blue Jays; the lefthander hasn't beaten them since 2004. Buehrle is 1-10 with a 6.02 ERA in 16 career starts vs. the Yankees. He is also 0-4, 5.55 at Yankee Stadium ... Whitley has never faced the Blue Jays ... Whitley has not walked a batter since May 21, a stretch of 28 innings and 114 batters. Also, he has allowed just one home run all season, in his last start, a win over the Seattle Mariners ... Girardi said CC Sabathia, on the DL since May 11 with right knee inflammation, threw a bullpen today and came out of it well, although he did not know how many pitches Sabathia threw. Girardi said Sabathia will throw another bullpen session on Saturday, and then will gradually begin working his way back to the rotation. He refused to put a timetable on Sabathia's return, but both he and GM Brian Cashman have previously said it would likely not be before the All-Star break ... Girardi said that as of now, Vidal Nuno, who got lit up Sunday in Oakland, was still scheduled to make his next start on Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles. Girardi said Nuno is not pitching for his spot in the rotation. "I don’t ever put that type of pressure on people," he said. "I don’t think it’s fair. They understand what’s on the line every day and they understand this is a performance-based business and they have to go out and perform.”
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.277 10 55 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 55
RB. Gardner 77
OPSB. Gardner .788
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135