New York Yankees Look To Bounce Back Against Toronto Blue Jays 2
Apr 19, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Following a crushing loss on Monday night, the New York Yankees will be looking to bounce back on Tuesday night against the Jays.

  • Toronto Blue Jays (9-17)
  • New York Yankees (15-9)
  • American League, 7:05 p.m. ET, YES Network
  • Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

The New York Yankees are looking to break out of their minor two-game losing skid (first losing streak since April 8) to get back on track against the Toronto Blue Jays.

New York will be aiming to take advantage of a Toronto team that has been scuffling to begin the season but stole the first game of the series in blowout fashion.

Tonight, the Yankees will hand the ball to Masahiro Tanaka, who is coming off one the best outings of his career against the Boston Red Sox.

On Thursday night at Fenway Park, Tanaka hurled a complete game shutout while only allowing three hits and no walks on just 97 pitches. New York’s ace will be seeking to replicate this performance tonight against a Blue Jays team he has fared very well against over his career. In 10 starts against Toronto, the right-hander is 6-3 with a 2.34 ERA.

Pitching for the Blue Jays will be veteran right-hander Mat Latos, who has been a replacement in the Jays rotation following an injury to J.A. Happ.

In two starts this season, Latos has surrendered four earned runs and walked seven batters in just 11 innings out of the gate.

Latos only has one career start at Yankee Stadium, where he allowed three earned runs on nine hits in just 5.2 innings pitched.


Player To Watch:

Matt Holliday

New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday is the player to watch tonight against Mat Latos thanks to his outstanding success against the right-hander over his career.

In 29 career at-bats against Latos, Holliday is sporting a .379 batting average with eight RBI’s and has only struck out three times.

Many of these appearances were due to the two playing the NL Central and now they meet again in a highly competitive American League East.

Expect Holliday to take advantage of his career success against Latos and have a big night on Tuesday.

Back On The Shutte: 

The Yankees announced on Tuesday that right-hander Luis Cessa has been sent down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following Monday’s loss. Cessa hurled 3.1 innings of two-run ball in his first game of 2017.

Taking his spot on the 25-man roster is Chasen Shreve, who owns a 1.42 ERA in six appearances for the RailRiders this season.

This Day In Yankees History:

Yankees’ legend Lou Gehrig tells manager Joe McCarthy that he is benching himself “for the good of the team.” This would end Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played at 2,130 games.

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