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Game Of The Week: New York Yankees At Toronto Blue Jays Preview

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With less than ten days remaining in the 2016 regular season, the American League Wild Card race is technically still up for grabs and there are four major contenders in the American League East alone.

The Boston Red Sox are currently atop the AL East with the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles in a constant back and forth fight for second place and the Yankees within a stone’s throw in fourth place.

The Yankees were sellers at the trade deadline and it seemed all hope was lost when it came to any post-season plans. But, then came the “Youth Movement” at the beginning of August and it seemed that a once lifeless New York team had a shimmer of hope yet again. With catcher Gary Sanchez showing why he was once a top prospect in the organization and fooling pitchers and also names like Tyler Austin, Donovan Solano, Rob Refsnyder and Luis Cessa also making names for themselves, the future looks bright in the Bronx.

If the Yankees have any chance at staying in the Wild Card mix to the very end of the regular season they are going to need to stay competitive against the Jays. As for Toronto, it seems that they have the same consequences facing them, continue to win and one of the Wild Card spots is theirs.

This could turn into one of the most watchable series of the season.

New York Yankees (79-74) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (84-69)

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016

First Pitch: 4:07 PM, ET

Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto

New York Yankees:

It will be veteran Left-hander CC Sabathia (4-19, 8-12) who will take the mound for the Yanks on Saturday afternoon. In hopes of stopping the Bronx Bombers’ two game skid, Sabathia looks to keep the team in the Wild Card race and get his first win in the last five starts. The last time Sabathia took the start against the Blue Jays was on August 17 at home, he did suffer the loss while allowing seven runs on nine hits in six innings of work but was able to strike out an impressive twelee batters.

Toronto Blue Jays:

RHP Marcus Stroman (9-9; 4.50) will take the start for the Jays in Saturday afternoon’s matchup. Although the twenty-five year old is 0-4 in September, he has still been solid allowing just three runs in his last four starts. It seems that the Jays’ defense hasn’t given him an opportunity to earn the win. In his last start against the New York Yankees on September 7 in the Bronx, Stroman took the loss as he allowed seven hits and two runs over five innings of work; however he did strikeout an impressive eight batters keeping his team in the game.

Probable Lineups:

New York Yankees

Brett Gardner, LF

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

Gary Sanchez, C

Billy Butler/ Brian McCann, DH

Mark Teixeira, 1B

Chase Headley, 3B

Didi Gregorius, SS

Aaron Hicks, RF

Donovan Solano, 2B

 

Toronto Blue Jays

Devon Travis, 2B

Josh Donaldson, 3B

Edwin Encarnacion, DH

Jose Bautista, RF

Russell Martin, C

Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Michael Saunders, LF

Justin Smoak, 1B

Kevin Pillar, CF

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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