(Sports Network) - Ivan Nova aims to win his second straight start and help
the New York Yankees complete a three-game sweep against the Toronto Blue Jays
at Rogers Centre.
Nova gave up seven hits and a pair of runs while fanning six hitters over five
innings of a home win against Arizona on Tuesday. Nova holds a stellar 17-8
road record in 36 such games (33 starts) in his career, but the right-hander
has dropped his lone road start this year.
Nova is 3-2 with a 4.00 ERA in seven games (6 starts) when facing the Blue
Jays. That includes a loss at Toronto in his final start last season on Sept.
The end of 2012 and start of 2013 has been a tough stretch for Josh Johnson.
The right-hander, who was traded from the Marlins in November to the Blue
Jays, dropped seven of his last eight decisions in 2012 and is 0-1 in three
starts this year. Johnson, tough, is coming off a solid seven-inning outing
against the White Sox on Tuesday when he allowed four hits and a pair of runs
to go with eight strikeouts. This will be his second career start against the
Yesterday, Vernon Wells homered against his former team for the second
straight day and started the winning two-run rally in the 11th inning with a
single in New York's 5-3 win.
Wells led off the 11th against Aaron Loup (1-1) with his third hit of the day
and Francisco Cervelli followed with a single. Ichiro Suzuki dropped down a
bunt and Loup tried for the force out at third, but threw the ball past a
scrambling Brett Lawrie and down the left field line to allow both runners to
cross the plate for a 5-3 lead.
"(Loup's) trying to throw when Lawrie's on the run, backward, and it's a big
play for us," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
Mariano Rivera allowed a leadoff double to Jose Bautista in the bottom of the
11th and Edwin Encarnacion followed with a hard line drive to right field for
the first out. Rivera then struck out both J.P. Arencibia and Lawrie to nail
down his fifth save.
Kevin Youkilis drove in two runs for the Yankees, who have won the first two
of this three-game set and nine of their last 11. Youkilis, though, left the
contest with a back issue.
Melky Cabrera tied the game with a two-run single in a three-run Toronto
eighth, as the Blue Jays rallied against Yankee reliever David Robertson after
New York starter Hiroki Kuroda was brilliant for 7 1/3 innings.
Kuroda, coming off a shutout against Baltimore last Sunday, was charged with
one run on three hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.
New York was 11-7 versus the Blue Jays last season.
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