BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- The New York Yankees seek a 12th
victory in 13 contests when they begin a three-game series
against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
Two weeks ago, the Yankees were 18-14 after being swept in three
games at home sweep by Seattle. But since then, New York has
won seven straight games, lost one and taken four in a row to
improve to 29-15.
On Sunday, Roger Clemens continued his climb up the all-time
wins list, striking out 13 over eight innings, as the Yankees
defeated the Twins, 3-0. Clemens allowed just four singles and
recorded career win No. 287, tying him for 22nd on the all-time
Derek Jeter had an RBI single in the first inning to extend his
hitting streak to 10 games and Robin Ventura hit two-run homer
in the sixth inning. Ventura's 11 home runs are tied with
Alfonso Soriano for the team lead. New York has homered in 11
Hitchcock is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA in two appearances this
New York also is without left fielder Rondell White, who
is sidelined with a left leg injury.
Toronto has won three straight games, one shy of its season-high
streak from April 10-13. The first two of those wins came
against the Yankees.
On Sunday, Toronto swept Oakland at home for the first time in
23 years with an 11-0 romp. Esteban Loaiza pitched a two-hitter
and Carlos Delgado, Felipe Lopez and Dave Berg homered for the
Blue Jays, who swept a three-game home series from the A's for
the first time since June 15-17, 1979, when they played in
Brandon Lyon (1-3, 6.20) did not earn a decision in his last
outing, an 8-6 loss to Seattle last Wednesday in which he
yielded four runs and six hits in five innings. The Blue Jays
have lost his last four starts.
Lyon is 0-0 with a 9.95 ERA in his one career start against the
Yankees. The Yankees have won four of seven matchups against the
Blue Jays this season.