Yankee Stadium continues to be a source of disappointment for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The New York Yankees can claim their second home sweep of Toronto this season Sunday when CC Sabathia squares off against R.A. Dickey.
The Blue Jays came into the series winners of four in a row and seven of 10 after starting 10-21. But the Yankees have outscored Toronto 12-2 in winning the first two games of the series. New York has won eight of nine meetings this year, and 18 of 20 at Yankee Stadium.
"Yankee Stadium is always a tough place to play, regardless," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "They've taken it to us pretty good here."
New York (27-16) won its ninth straight at home against Toronto (17-26) on Saturday with a 7-2 victory on the strength of Robinson Cano 's two home runs. Travis Hafner also provided some pop, hitting a two-run homer after missing the last five games due to right shoulder inflammation.
Cano's second multihomer game this season saw him improve to 22 for 53 (.415) with seven doubles and 12 RBIs over his last 13 games against the Blue Jays. Hitting .295 with team highs of 12 homers and 31 RBIs, Cano has been the most consistent part of a Yankees club beset by injuries.
"I'm glad that's not a moving part," manager Joe Girardi said. "He's not someone you can replace."
Sabathia (4-3, 3.19 ERA) helped the Yankees earn a four-game sweep of Toronto when he gave up four runs and nine hits over eight innings in a 5-4 win on April 27. He improved to 14-4 in 19 starts versus the Blue Jays.
The left-hander struck out a season-high 10 but also gave up a season-high 10 hits and three runs over 6 1-3 innings in a 4-3 win over Seattle on Tuesday, but didn't receive a decision.
"I just wanted to try to minimize the damage and make sure I keep the game close enough where we can have a chance to win," Sabathia told the team's official website.
Dickey (3-5, 4.83) snapped a four-start winless streak with a 10-6 victory over San Francisco on Tuesday. He also fanned a season-high 10 while allowing two runs and six hits over six frames.
"Early on, that knuckleball was alive," Gibbons told the team's website. "He took advantage of the fact that we gave him some cushion there, and he got some big strikeouts late in the game."
Dickey, who owns a 3.25 ERA in 11 games against the Yankees, surrendered three runs and four hits over seven innings in a 3-2 loss in the Bronx on April 28.
The Yankees hope they improved the depth of their infield Saturday by acquiring Reid Brignac from Colorado for cash considerations. Brignac wasn't in New York in time for Saturday's game but could suit up Sunday.
"Gives us a little bit better of a platoon situation because all the left side of infield bats are right handed," general manager Brian Cashman said. "Simple as that."
Jose Bautista is just 2 for 23 off of Sabathia with eight strikeouts, though one of those hits was a home run last month.
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|May 11, 2013||Rajai Davis||15-Day DL||Strained oblique|
|May 10, 2013||Rajai Davis||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained oblique|
|May 08, 2013||J.A. Happ||15-Day DL||Head contusion|
|April 29, 2013||Josh Johnson||15-Day DL||Right triceps inflammation|
|April 22, 2013||Maicer Izturis||Day-to-Day||Sore hamstring|
|April 14, 2013||Sergio Santos||15-Day DL||Right triceps strain|
|New York Yankees|
|May 17, 2013||Andy Pettitte||15-Day DL||Strained left trapezius muscle|
|May 16, 2013||Andy Pettitte||Day-to-Day||Left game - tight left trapezius|
|May 16, 2013||Chris Stewart||Day-to-Day||Left groin injury|
|May 06, 2013||Eduardo Nunez||15-Day DL||Left ribcage strain|
|May 05, 2013||Eduardo Nunez||Day-to-Day||Left game - tightness in left ribcage|
|May 03, 2013||David Robertson||Day-to-Day||Sore left hamstring|
NEW YORK (AP) -- Against the Toronto Blue Jays this season, the only thing that has stopped the Yankees was a day full of rain.
The Yankees would have been trying to make it seven in a row against the Blue Jays on Sunday, but rain began to fall in the late morning with no signs of letting up, and the game was postponed before it started. No makeup date was announced.
"It's going to rain until probably 9 o' clock," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's just not going to be playable."
The two AL East rivals are not scheduled to meet again in the Bronx until August.
Yankees starter CC Sabathia will pitch Monday in Baltimore, followed on Tuesday by Phil Hughes . This means rookie Vidal Nuno will be skipped and remain available out of the bullpen until the Yankees can find a way to work him back into the rotation.
Toronto right-hander R.A. Dickey will face Tampa Bay on Monday.
Dickey and the Blue Jays may have dodged some bad luck, with the rainout, which was announced more than half an hour before the scheduled start time of 1:08 p.m.
He has had outings in the past where wet weather appeared to nullify the effectiveness of his hard, darting knuckleball and leave him without his most effective pitch.
The Blue Jays had won four straight before dropping the first two of a three-game series in the Bronx.
New York has won its last nine home games against Toronto, since last season, as well as the last six in a row overall against the Blue Jays.
"There's no question they've had our number. They've out played us, too," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "This has always been a tough place to play."
The Yankees have outplayed pretty much everyone lately. They've won nine of their last 12 and facing Dickey on a wet day, appeared in a good spot to make it 10 out of 13.
"We weren't necessarily looking for a rainout," Girardi said.
Girardi said that Yankees officials met with umpire crew chief Joe West and consulted their metorologists about the forecast, which Girardi said showed rain falling in New York until after dark.
That made the decision a fairly easy one.
The delay pushed back Reid Brignac 's debut with the Yankees, too.
The infielder was acquired in a trade with the Rockies for cash after Colorado designated the infielder for assignment. He arrived Saturday night. He was set to play shortstop and bat eighth.
"It was a little disappointing, I was really looking forward to getting the chance to play here today as a member of the Yankees," Brignac said.
"I'm tickled just to get the chance to be a Yankee."
Notes: Toronto's only win over the Yankees this season was an 8-4 win on April 21. . Dickey will face Tampa Bay RHP Jake Odorizzi , who is making his 2013 debut. RHP Ramon Ortiz will pitch Tuesday, followed by Mark Buehrle on Wednesday. The Blue Jays skipped the turn of RHP Chad Jenkins . .Yankees OF Curtis Granderson was going to lead off and return to center field a day after his first start in right. . . Yankees C Francisco Cervelli said he was still hoping to return from a broken hand before the All-Star break. He is on the 60-day DL. . "Waitin' on a Sunny Day" by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band was played on the PA shortly before the Yankees announced the postponement. . In Baltimore, the Yankees will send out Sabathia against Freddy Garcia on Monday. The veteran RHP spent the last two seasons as a mostly effective part of the Yankees rotation after a career mostly spent with the Mariners and White Sox. ... The Blue Jays claimed RHP Thad Weber on waivers from San Diego and optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo. Toronto transferred RHP Sergio Santos to the 60-day DL. The 28-year-old had a 2.00 ERA in nine innings for the Padres this season.