The New York Yankees haven't fared too well on the road of late, but they could get an emotional boost during the final stop on their six-game trip.
The Yankees are expected to get Derek Jeter back for their attempt to extend a 10-game win streak over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.
New York (69-61) has lost eight of 12 road games this month and barely avoided a three-game sweep Sunday, getting a sacrifice fly from Curtis Granderson in the 11th inning for a 3-2 win at Tampa Bay.
New York will try to change its fortunes away from home by adding to one of its longest win streaks over Toronto (58-73). The Yankees, 12-1 in this season's series, claimed a series-best 13 in a row over the Blue Jays from 1995-96.
New York might have already matched that streak if not for an 8-4 loss April 21 that denied it a three-game sweep at the Rogers Centre.
Jeter might get to help the Yankees keep beating the Blue Jays in his return from a strained right calf. The team's captain, 10th on the all-time hits list with 3,308, has played just five games in this injury-plagued season.
"He's still going to have to be smart," manager Joe Girardi told the team's website. "We're just going to go day to day and see what I see the night before and make the decision the next day."
Robinson Cano , batting .464 in his last 14 contests, has played a part in the Yankees' success over Toronto by going 10 for 20 with three homers and nine RBIs in his last five matchups. Cano is also hitting .515 (17 for 33) during an eight-game hit streak in Toronto.
Cano and Jeter will try to provide some much-needed support to Phil Hughes (4-12, 4.88 ERA). The right-hander is 0-5 with a 5.63 ERA in his last eight starts but had one of his better performances Tuesday against Toronto.
He allowed two runs over six innings but was in line for the loss until New York rallied for a 3-2 victory. Hughes has received a combined two runs of support in his last four games.
Hughes has allowed two runs over six innings in each of his two starts against the Blue Jays this season but hasn't received a decision in either one. He's gone 0-1 with a 12.46 ERA in his last two games in Toronto, both in 2012.
R.A. Dickey (9-12, 4.49) is 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA in his last three starts against the Yankees, losing both matchups this season. He gave up two runs in the first seven innings versus New York on Wednesday before allowing Soriano's tiebreaking homer in his final frame of a 4-2 loss.
Dickey, who struck out nine in that game, has allowed four runs in each of his last two outings.
In this start, the knuckleballer will try to help Toronto build off ending its season high-tying seven-game skid. The Blue Jays used a bases-loaded walk and a groundout in the ninth inning Sunday for a 2-1 victory to avoid a sweep to lowly Houston.
"Winning the last one here always feels good. It doesn't make things any better where we are at right now, but it was something we needed," manager John Gibbons said.
Jose Reyes is batting .393 in his last eight games against the Yankees and is 5 for 12 (.417) in his four this season. He's has a pair of home runs in his six career at-bats versus Hughes.
Cano has two singles and a double in his last nine at-bats against Dickey.
|New York Yankees|
|August 22, 2013||Jayson Nix||15-Day DL||Fractured left hand|
|August 21, 2013||Jayson Nix||Day-to-Day||Broken left hand|
|August 03, 2013||Derek Jeter||15-Day DL||Strained right calf|
|August 03, 2013||Derek Jeter||Day-to-Day||Calf|
|July 27, 2013||Travis Hafner||15-Day DL||Strained right rotator cuff|
|July 23, 2013||Luis Cruz||15-Day DL||Sprained right knee|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|August 21, 2013||Jose Bautista||15-Day DL||Left hip bone bruise|
|August 21, 2013||Maicer Izturis||60-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
|August 20, 2013||Maicer Izturis||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained left ankle|
|August 17, 2013||Jose Reyes||Day-to-Day||Sore right knee|
|August 12, 2013||Colby Rasmus||15-Day DL||Left oblique strain|
|August 10, 2013||Juan Perez||60-Day DL||Torn UCL ligament, left elbow|
TORONTO (AP) -- When a rare error by Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki opened the door, the Toronto Blue Jays took full advantage.
R.A. Dickey pitched into the seventh inning, Jose Reyes sparked Toronto's offense, and the Blue Jays snapped a 10-game losing streak against New York with a 5-2 victory on Monday night.
Suzuki said he felt ashamed after failing to catch Edwin Encarnacion 's fly ball to deep right in the fifth inning, a play that keyed a three-run inning for Toronto.
"If I could have just gone straight home from right field, I would have," Suzuki said through a translator. "I was that embarrassed."
It was just the third error of the year for Suzuki, who has never had more than five miscues in any of his 13 major league seasons.
"Something you're not going to see very often," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It just looked like he jumped for it and maybe he didn't have to. Maybe he was closer to the wall than he thought."
Alex Rodriguez hit his 650th home run, a leadoff drive in the fifth, but the Yankees lost for the ninth time in 13 road games this month. Rodriguez is 10 homers away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list, which would secure a $6 million bonus for the third baseman.
Derek Jeter went hitless in his return to New York's lineup. Jeter, who started at shortstop and batted second, finished 0 for 3 with a walk, grounding into a double play in the third.
"He looked fine," Girardi said. "Everything looked OK to me."
Reyes walked and scored in the third, and doubled and scored in Toronto's three-run fifth as the Blue Jays beat the Yankees for the second time in 14 meetings this season. Toronto had lost 10 straight to its division rival since an 8-4 home win on April 21.
"Everything fell in line tonight," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Dickey (10-12) allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits in 6 1-3 innings to win for the first time since Aug. 5 at Seattle. The knuckleballer was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in his three previous starts.
"Unfortunately for us, we couldn't figure out the knuckleball," Jeter said.
It was Dickey's first victory over the Yankees since May 21, 2011, when he pitched for the New York Mets .
"He gave us just what we needed," Gibbons said.
Rodriguez's home run was the 29th allowed by Dickey this season, second only to Oakland's A.J. Griffin. Dickey has given up 20 homers in 14 home starts.
Aaron Loup worked 1 1-3 innings, Sergio Santos got one out in the eighth, and Casey Janssen finished for his 24th save in 26 chances.
New York right-hander Phil Hughes (4-13) allowed five runs, four earned, and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. He is 0-6 with a 5.84 ERA in his last nine starts.
"I left a lot of sliders over the middle of the plate," Hughes said. "It didn't really seem like it had the bite that it did in the last couple (of starts)."
Girardi said Suzuki's error was tough on Hughes, and insisted that the righty's spot in the rotation is safe.
"Right now he's in our rotation and we haven't talked about taking him out," Girardi said.
Even so, Girardi acknowledged that the Yankees, who are pushing for an AL wild card berth, are "thinking all the time" about their starters.
New York scratched out a run in the first when Brett Gardner singled, went to second on a passed ball, took third on Jeter's grounder, and scored when Dickey couldn't handle Robinson Cano 's comebacker.
The Blue Jays tied it in the second on an RBI single by Kevin Pillar , and then took the lead on Edwin Encarnacion 's RBI single in the third.
Rodriguez connected in the fifth, but Toronto responded with three in the bottom half, making the most of Suzuki's drop.
Reyes hit a one-out double, Ryan Goins singled, and Reyes scored when Suzuki couldn't handle Encarnacion's fly to deep right, with the ball hitting off the heel of his glove.
"You never see Ichiro drop a pop-up but it worked out good for us," Reyes said.
Adam Lind followed with an RBI double, and Brett Lawrie was intentionally walked to load the bases for Moises Sierra , who chased Hughes with a sacrifice fly. David Huff came on and fanned Josh Thole on three pitches.
NOTES: Rodriguez has 35 home runs at Rogers Centre, the most by any Toronto opponent. ... Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus (strained left oblique) is still sore and was unable to resume baseball activities as previously scheduled, Gibbons said. Rasmus has been out since Aug. 12. ... Toronto reinstated Loup from the paternity list and designated RHP Chien-Ming Wang for assignment. ... Blue Jays Triple-A C Sean Ochinko was suspended 50 games after testing positive for amphetamines. ... Musician Paul Simon attended the game.