This surely couldn’t have been the plan heading into Toronto: the Yankees have to win tonight to avoid being swept by the Blue Jays. After two winnable games slipped away, the Yankees’ division lead over the Tampa Bay Rays has fallen to just one game.
Former Blue Jay J.A. Happ will return to his old stomping grounds tonight, looking to continue his recent success. While he hasn’t gotten fully back on track yet, Happ has been better lately, going 5-1 with a 4.06 ERA over his last seven starts. He spent the most time of his career in Toronto and made an All-Star team there, so tonight could carry some emotional heft for the Yankees’ southpaw.
The Jays will send out Edwin Jackson to the mound looking for the series sweep. Jackson is the epitome of a journeyman; the Blue Jays are his record 14th MLB team. He really hasn’t been all that good for several years, but teams still keep picking him up to throw innings. For what it’s worth, Jackson is 2-7 with a 5.21 ERA in his career against New York, who are one of the few teams he’s never played for.
How to watch:
Location: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
First pitch: 7:07 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
TV broadcast: YES Network
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
Online Stream: FuboTV, MLB.TV