After dropping the first two games against the Seattle Mariners, the Yankees used the strong pitching of CC Sabathia and power of Alex Rodriguez to win the final game of the three game set.

Today, the Yankees will welcome the Toronto Blue Jays to the Bronx for the first time in 2010. Today is also a huge start for AJ Burnett. Let’s hope he can get this thing turned around with Dave Eiland back in the fold.

Expect the ball to be flying out of the stadium this weekend when two of the better power clubs in baseball square off!

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The Yankees currently sit atop the AL East with 48-30 record. The Jays are nine games back..

Here’s the tale of the tape so far….

TOR NYY ADVANTAGE
OBP .305(15TH) .355(1ST) NYY
HRS 115 (1ST) 88 (4TH) TOR
ERA 4.19 (7TH) 3.87 (5TH) NYY
BAA .249(3RD) .245(2ND) NYY
FIELDING .986(4TH) .989(2ND) NYY
ADVANTAGE
NYY
**AL RANKS

Friday, 1:05 PM, YES: Brett Cecil (7-5, 4.39 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (6-7, 5.25 ERA)

Last Start:
Cecil: Loss, 4 2/3 innings, five earned runs, five strikeouts (at Philly)
Burnett: Loss, three innings, six earned runs, five strikeouts (at Dodgers)

Career Stats:
Cecil:  1-1, 6.19 ERA (three career starts)
Burnett: 2-2, 4.29 ERA (five career starts)

***Cecil is 5-2 with a 3.13 ERA on the road this year.

Saturday, 1:05 PM, YES: Ricky Romero (6-4, 2.38 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (9-2, 2.72 ERA)

Last Start:
Romero: Loss, seven innings, one earned run, two strikeouts (at Cleveland)
Pettitte: ND, five innings, five earned runs, five strikeouts (at Dodgers)

Career Stats:
Romero: 1-1, 4.74 ERA (four starts)
Pettitte: 20-12, 4.16 ERA (40 starts)

**Romero is 2-3 with a 4.23 ERA in nine road starts this year. However, he threw eight innings of two-run against the Yankees last month.

Sunday, 1:05 PM, YES: Brandon Morrow (5-6, 4.50 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (10-2, 3.58 ERA)

Last Start:
Morrow: Loss, six innings, three earned runs, eight strikeouts (at Cleveland)
Hughes: Loss, 5 2/3 innings, seven earned runs, five strikeouts (vs. Seattle)

Career Stats:
Morrow: 1-0, 3.13 ERA (three starts)
Hughes: 1-1, 3.44 (five starts)

**Morrow is 0-5 with a 6.68 ERA in eight road starts this season.

Enjoy the series!