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New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays: James Paxton vs. Trent Thornton

Big Maple leads the charge for a sweep before the team crosses the pond

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MLB: Houston Astros at New York Yankees Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees have their eyes set on wrapping up this 10-game homestand before venturing to a new chapter of The Rivalry, and this stay has been fantastic for them. Set to face off against two playoff contenders and another division rival, the Yankees have smoked the competition throughout their last nine games and solidified their place in the standings. Only the Dodgers have more home wins than the Yankees at this point in the season, and they’ll lean on that home field advantage for one more go at the Blue Jays.

James Paxton gets the ball with the sweep on the line, and he has history against Toronto. The Canadian threw a no-hitter in Rogers Centre last season with the Mariners, but his first start against the Jays in pinstripes didn’t fare as well. Paxton didn’t make it out of the fifth inning in that outing, surrendering four runs (three earned) in a game the Yankees would eventually lose.

Trent Thornton will be on the mound for the Blue Jays, and the rookie has had a vastly different experience on the road compared to his starts in Rogers. Thornton boasts a 2.96 road ERA and has given up just two of his 11 home runs in visiting parks, compared to a 6.39 ERA at home. He could be difficult to crack, but the Yankees are running out a red-hot lineup full of mashers (minus-Giancarlo Stanton, who is resting after his injury scare in yesterday’s game).

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. EST. You can catch the action live on YES, stream the game with or, or listen to the broadcast on WFAN 660/101.9 FM or WADO 1280.