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New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free Pick- 8/20/13 Game 1

Toronto Blue Jays (56-66) at New York Yankees (63-58)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Mark Buehrle (L) (9-7) (4.291) vs. Ivan Nova (R) (5-4) (3.092)

The Line: New York Yankees -180 / Toronto Blue Jays +160 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNET, YES

The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays face off on Tuesday afternoon for game one of a double header.

The New York Yankees have had a rough year by their standards but they are still in the mix when it comes to the postseason race. The Yankees are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 34-27 at home this season, and they are 34-27 at home this season. As a team the Yankees are hitting .247 with Alex Rodriguez hitting .319, Alfonso Soriano hitting .306, and Robinson Cano hitting .301. The Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 3.83 with the starters at 4.03 and the bullpen at 3.40. For game one of Tuesday’s twin bill the Yankees start Ivan Nova who has won his last three decisions. For the season Nova has allowed 86 hits and 29 earned runs while striking out 87 over 87.1 innings for a 6-4 record and a 2.99 ERA.

New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free Pick- 8/20/13 Game 1

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The Toronto Blue Jays have been one of the biggest disappointments in baseball this year as they sit in last place in the American League East. The Blue Jays are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 26-35 on the road this season, and they are 15 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. As a team the Blue Jays are hitting .252 with Jose Reyes hitting .291, Adam Lind hitting .279, and Edwin Encarnacion hitting .278. The Blue Jays pitching staff has an ERA of 4.35 with the starters at 5.01 and the bullpen at 3.32. For game one against the Yankees the Blue Jays start Esmil Rogers who has lost his last five decisions. For the season Rogers has allowed 122 hits and 56 earned runs while striking out 71 over 102.2 innings for a 3-7 record and a 4.91 ERA.

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New York is 4-1 in their last five home games, 6-2 in their last eight games overall, and 5-2 in Nova’s last seven starts. Toronto is 3-7 in their last 10 against the AL East, 1-5 in their last six games one of a series, and 1-5 in Rogers’ last six starts. Toronto is 7-19 in the last 26 meetings of these two.

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