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Yankees (14-9) vs. Blue Jays (13-13)

Pitching Matchup: 

RHP A.J. Burnett (3-1, 3.52) vs RHP Kyle Drabek (2-0, 3.30)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Chavez 3B
Posada DH
Martin C
Gardner LF

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. It’s scheduled to start at 4:05p.m. ET. The game will be televised on the YES Network. The game can be heard on the WCBS 880 radio station. (more…)

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The Yankees open up a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at Yankee Stadium. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Fri: RHP Freddy Garcia (1-0, 0.69) vs LHP Ricky Romero (1-3, 3.00)

Sat: RHP A.J. Burnett (3-1, 3.52) vs RHP Kyle Drabek (2-0, 3.30)

Sun: RHP Ivan Nova (1-2, 5.82) vs RHP Jesse Litsch (2-1, 3.86)

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Yankees (9-5) vs. Blue Jays (7-9)

Pitching Matchup: 

RHP A.J. Burnett (3-0, 4.67) vs RHP Kyle Drabek (1-0, 1.93)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Chavez 3B
Posada DH
Martin C
Gardner LF

The game will take place at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. It’s scheduled to start at 7:07p.m. ET. The game will be televised on MY9. The game can be heard on the WCBS 880 radio station. (more…)

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The Yankees open up a two-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto . Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Tue: RHP A.J. Burnett (3-0, 4.67) vs RHP Kyle Drabek (1-0, 1.93)

Wed: RHP Bartolo Colon (0-1, 3.97) vs LHP Brett Cecil (1-1, 6.19)

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There can be no doubt that the American League East is easily the best division in baseball. In fact, this year could wind up being historic in terms of division play, as my projections show 4 of the 5 teams capable of winning 90+ games this season – a feat that’s never been accomplished before. Is the talent level in the East really that much better than the rest of the AL? In a word, YES.

Both the Boston Red Sox and Yankees look to be the class of baseball this year. I project both teams to win 105 games this year and finish tied for the division crown. How evenly matched are the two juggernauts? The projections also have them splitting the season series, 9-9. Many prognosticators are giving the edge to the Red Sox this year, based on their starting rotation of Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Clay Buchholz. While the Yankees rotation is known to be unsettled, relying on a return to form by AJ Burnett, Phil Hughes avoiding regression from his 18-8 2010 season, and a collection of rookies and reclamation projects to fill the 4 & 5 spots, the Sox rotation also has question marks. Can Lackey reclaim his form? Can Beckett come back from an injury plagued season? Will Buchholz ever deliver on his promise? Can Matsuzaka come back from injuries and inconsistency? In short, both teams could have excellent rotations – or horrible ones, once you get past the aces. But offensively, both squads are loaded 1 – 9. The Yankees projected line-up of Derek Jeter, Nick SwisherMark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Brett Gardner may actually be better than the team that led the league in runs scored last season. Boston counters with Carl Crawford, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, JD Drew, Marco Scutaro, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jacoby Ellsbury. Both line-ups are capable of scoring 1,000 runs. The real differentiators between the teams are in the bullpens and on the bench. The Yanks have a slight edge in the bullpen, with the 1 – 1a tandem of Mariano Rivera and Rafael Soriano. The Sox have a slight edge on the bench.

As for the rest of the division, Tampa Bay suffered some tremendous free-agent losses. Despite that, they come into the season with their only real question being the strength of the bullpen, where the oft-traveled Kyle Farnsworth heads a makeshift relief corps. The additions of Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, along with new shortstop Reid Brignac and rookie Desmond Jennings, should actually make the offense better. And Tampa’s rotation remains one of the game’s best, led by David Price. But while good enough to win pretty much any other division in the game, this year’s Rays aren’t in the same class as either New York or Boston.

The same goes for the Orioles, although Baltimore may have the most improved team in the league. The infield was completely remade, as Mark Reynolds, Derek Lee and JJ Hardy join Brian Roberts. The O’s also brought in veteran slugger Vladimir Guerrero and closer Kevin Gregg. Add in what looks to be the league’s best young rotation and proven winner (and old friend) Buck Showalter as manager, and Baltimore is poised to shock people the same way Toronto did last year.

As for the Blue Jays, this team lost too much – and replaced those parts with questionable signings – from last year’s overachieving squad to compete this year. They’ve brought in pitching guru John Farrell to lead the team, but this team will suffer from losing Cito Gastons “let-’em-fly” attitude on offense. Include a rookie catcher, changes at 1st, 3rd and all three OF spots and it will prove to be too much turnover to overcome. One bright spot for the Jays this year could be rookie starter Kyle Drabek, one of the game’s more hyped young pitchers.

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New York Yankees Starting Pitcher CC Sabathia WipesYankees (93-64) at Blue Jays (81-75)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (20-7, .26) vs RHP Kyle Drabek (0-2, 4.91)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Berkman DH
Granderson CF
Gardner LF (more…)

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The Yankees open up a three-game series tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Mon: RHP A.J. Burnett (10-14, 5.05) vs LHP Marc Rzepczynski (2-4, 5.75)

Tue: LHP CC Sabathia (20-7, 3.26) vs RHP Kyle Drabek (0-2, 4.91)

Wed: LHP Andy Pettitte (11-3, 3.17) vs LHP Brett Cecil (14-7, 4.20)

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Late Friday it was reported that Roy Halladay would waive his no trade clause in order to be traded to the Yankees, if the possibility came up. Today, Buster Olney has reported that Halladay’s preferred locations would be the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels and the Phillies.

Considering that the Phillies refused to trade Kyle Drabek specifically and other high level prospects for Halladay or Lee last summer, I can’t see them suddenly pulling a 180 and dealing them for Halladay.

I have no idea what the situation might be with the Angels, but at the moment I would think that they are dealing with their own free agents right now, so that leaves two likely teams.

Like man times in the past, I wouldn’t be surprised if this will almost certainly come down to a Yankees-Red Sox battle. As always, if anything else breaks, Zells has you covered, so stick close.

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