After going 5-2 on their recent home stand, the Yankees will hit the road for six road games, starting in Toronto tonight. In an effort to save their bullpen and prolong Phil Hughes’ availability before his inning limit creeps up, the Yankees have recalled pitcher, Ivan Nova from Triple A. Nova will get the start tonight. Let’s hope he can slow those powerful Toronto bats (188 team home runs).

Keys to the Series:

#1 No Way, Jose: American League home run leader, Jose Bautista, has ripped 38 round trippers this year. In 34 at-bats against the Yanks this year, Bautista has ripped four home runs.

#2 Length From The Starters: The Yankees will send Ivan Nova, Dustin Moseley, and Phil Hughes to the mound. Let’s hope these three pitchers can give the Yanks some length.

Tale of the Tape:

OBP: .348 (2nd)
HR: 147 (3rd)
ERA: 3.87 (3rd)
Fielding: .988 (2nd)

OBP: .314 (13th)
HR: 188 (1st)
ERA: 4.09 (8th)
Fielding: .987 (3rd)

Pitching Match-Ups:

Monday, 7:07 PM, YES: Ivan Nova (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Brandon Morrow (9-6, 4.45 ERA)

Last Start:
Nova: N/A
Morrow:  ND, four innings, two earned runs, two strikeouts (at Oakland)

Career Stats:
Morrow: 1-0, 5.50 ERA (three starts)

**Prior to his no decision in Oakland, Morrow won four straight decisions.
**He is 7-1 with a 2.83 ERA at home this year.

Tuesday, 7:07 PM, MY9: Dustin Moseley (3-2, 4.76 ERA) vs. Marc Rzepczynski (1-1, 4.76 ERA)

Last Start:
Moseley: Win, five innings, four earned runs, two strikeouts (vs. Detroit)
Rzepczynski: ND, 4 1/3 innings, three earned runs, no strikeouts (at Oakland)

**The Blue Jays beat Moseley last month, scoring five runs in seven innings.

Wednesday, 7:07 PM, YES: Phil Hughes (15-5, 3.90 ERA) vs. Brett Cecil (10-6, 3.90 ERA)

Last Start:
Hughes: Win, six innings, two earned runs, six strikeouts (vs. Detroit)
Cecil: Win, 6 2/3 innings, two earned runs, six strikeouts (at Boston)

**Hughes is 6-2 with a 2.81 ERA on the road this season.
**Cecil is 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA at home this year. Cecil has given up two earned runs in two starts against the Yankees this year.

Enjoy the series!