The Yankees and Blue Jays will square off this weekend for the first time in 2010. The power hungry Jays lead baseball with 91 home runs. Their 31-24 record is 3rd best in the AL East. The Yankees (34-20) have won eight of their last ten games. The Yankees went 12-6 against the Jays last season while winning six of nine at the Rogers’ Centre. Here’s your weekend preview…

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Here’s a breakdown of the two teams so far this season. These are AL ranks out of the 14 teams.

YANKEES BLUE JAYS
OBP .367 (1ST) .312 (14TH)
HR 59 (3RD) 91 (1ST)
ERA 3.84 (4TH) 4.21 (7TH)
BAA .248 (2ND) .248 (2ND)

It’s a little odd that the Jays lead baseball in home runs, but are the worst at getting on-base. Just imagine if they got MORE men on base before hitting their home runs!

Yankee pitching must slow down outfielders, Jose Bautista and Vernon Wells, who collectively have 29 home runs.

Robinson Cano has been on an absolute tear, going 16 for 28 during the Yankees seven-game home stand.

Here are the pitching match-ups…

Friday, 7:10 PM, YES: AJ Burnett (6-2, 3.28 ERA) vs. Brett Cecil (5-2, 3.81 ERA)

Last Start:
Burnett: Win, eight innings, one earned run, eight strikeouts (vs. Cleveland)
Cecil: Win, eight innings, two earned runs, seven strikeouts (vs. Baltimore)

Career Stats:
Burnett: 2-1, 3.34 ERA (four starts); 22-9, 3.83 ERA at the Rogers Centre
Cecil: 0-1, 12.25 ERA (two starts)

**Cecil has won three straight starts, but has a 1-1 record with a 6.19 ERA in three home starts this year.

Saturday, 1:07 PM, YES: Andy Pettitte (7-1, 2.48 ERA) vs. Ricky Romero (5-2, 3.14 ERA)

Last Start:
Pettitte: Win, seven innings, one earned run, five strikeouts (vs. Cleveland)
Romero: Win, complete game, one earned run, seven strikeouts (vs. Baltimore)

Career Stats:
Pettitte: 20-12, 4.21 ERA (40 starts); 15-5, 3.89 ERA at Rogers Centre.
Romero: 1-1. 5.94 ERA (three starts)

**Romero is 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA at home this year. He has thrown complete games in back-to-back home starts (vs. Orioles and Rangers).

Sunday, 1:07 PM, YES: Javier Vazquez (4-5, 6.06 ERA) vs. Brandon Morrow (4-4, 6.00 ERA)

Last Start:
Vazquez: Win, seven innings, one earned run, seven strikeouts (vs. Baltimore)
Morrow: Win, seven innings, one earned run, one strikeout (vs. Tampa Bay)

Career Stats:
Vazquez: 4-7, 4.17 ERA (fourteen starts); 2-1, 1.50 ERA (five starts at Rogers Centre)
Morrow: 1-0, 3.96 ERA (two starts)

**Morrow is 4-1 at home this season; Vazquez is 2-4 on the road.

Enjoy the series!