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New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays: Nathan Eovaldi vs. R.A. Dickey

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Today is the first day of maybe the most important series of the season as the Yankees welcome the Toronto Blue Jays to the Stadium. Since making their trade deadline deals to acquire Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, the Jays have become the only real threat to New York's claim of the AL East crown. Since July 31, Toronto has gone from a team that was two games over .500 and six games out, to a team that is now six games over .500 and only 4.5 games out. While their rotation still isn't very strong, their offense is scary enough to make this series a game-changer. The Yankees need to win this series if they want to stop the streaking Blue Jays, who have won their last five in a row and eight of their last 10 games, and prove they made the right decision by standing pat at the deadline.

The Yankees will face their second knuckleballer in three days, which could get this matchup off to a rough start if the offense proves to be as inept against Dickey as they were against Steven Wright. Hopefully, Eovaldi can continue his recent trend of missing bats because it's going to be a long night if the Blue Jays are able to barrel up his fastball. This series will prove once and for all whether the Yankees should truly fear the Jays over the next two months and 13 games.

Today's Lineups

Troy Tulowitzki - SS Jacoby Ellsbury - CF
Josh Donaldson - 3B Brett Gardner - LF
Jose Bautista - RF Alex Rodriguez - DH
Edwin Encarnacion - DH Mark Teixeira - 1B
Justin Smoak - 1B Brian McCann - C
Russell Martin - C Carlos Beltran - RF
Ryan Goins - 2B Chase Headley - 3B
Kevin Pillar - CF Didi Gregorius - SS
Ben Revere - LF Stephen Drew - 2B
R.A. Dickey - RHP Nathan Eovaldi - RHP