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Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees Free Pick - 8/26/13

New York Yankees (69-60) at Toronto Blue Jays (58-72)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

Philip Hughes (R) (4-12) (4.878) vs. Esmil Rogers (R) (2-5) (5.288)

Toronto Blue Jays -111 / New York Yankees +101 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds


The New York Yankees eye a winning streak Monday night at the Toronto Blue Jays.

NY avoided a three-game sweep at the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend with a 3-2 11-inning victory. The Yanks tied things up during the top of the fourth on Robinson Cano's home run.

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Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees Free Pick - 8/26/13

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Two frames later Cano gave New York the lead. TB squared the game at two during the home-half however. Curtis Granderson's sacrifice fly though later got Alfonso Soriano in for the game-winning run.

Toronto meanwhile did the same as their Monday opponent coming back to topple the Houston Astros 2-1 at Minute Maid Park on Sunday. The Jays seemed well on their way to being swept in Houston before loading the bases with no outs during the ninth inning.

Moises Sierra walked in the game-tying run while Ryan Goins' groundout got the game-winning run in. Toronto didn't exactly impress during the top of the ninth getting four walks, one single, a strikeout and two groundouts. Mark Buehrle (10-7, 4.08 ERA) however was impressive yielding a run off of seven hits and two walks during eight frames.

R.A. Dickey (9-12, 4.49 ERA) delivers next for frigid Toronto. Four of Dickey's last five decisions have been losses including his last two at home to the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays conceding 10 runs during 13 innings. Overall at Rogers Centre Dickey is 4-6 also falling to the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners allowing 25 runs, 23 earned, during 23.1 frames.

Dickey beat the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Rays at home by yielding seven runs, six earned, during 27 innings. At Yankee Stadium April 28 Dickey surrendered three runs during seven frames in a 3-2 loss. Also in NY Aug. 21 Dickey gave up four runs during eight innings to fall 4-2 so what will happen at Rogers Centre Monday? The Yanks are 45-of-198 with 23 RBIs, six Soriano's, versus Dickey.

New York responds with Phil Hughes (4-12, 4.88 ERA) who has not won since July 2 at Minnesota. Hughes pitched seven one-run frames to prevail 7-3. Since Hughes has fallen five times although just one came on the road at the San Diego Padres Aug. 4. Hughes let in five runs during 2.2 innings. Hughes also lost at Detroit and the Oakland Athletics allowing seven runs, six earned, during 8.1 frames.

Hughes won at the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners in May and June by surrendering seven runs, six earned, during 12.2 innings. The Yankees beat the Jays 3-2 April 28 and Aug. 20 with Hughes taking two six-frame two-run no-decisions. The last time Hughes tossed at Rogers Centre he bled for five runs during 4.2 frames in a 9-6 NY victory. Toronto is 55-of-203 with 29 RBIs, a nickel from Maicer Izturis and Adam Lind, against Hughes.

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