MLB Preview: Yankees Vs. Blue Jays (Aug. 8) At Rogers Centre (Game Time Start, TV Channel)
Preview: Yankees Vs. Blue Jays
The game will air on the Yankees’ YES network, and can also be heard on the WADO 1280 radio station as well as WFAN 660/101.9 FM.
First pitch at Rogers Centre is scheduled for 7:07 pm EST. Left-hander CC Sabbathia (3.81 ERA, 77 K) will start for the Yankees (59-51), who sit three games behind the Boston Red Sox (63-49) for the American League East lead after losing four of their last seven games. The Bombers won their last two games, which were part of a four-game road series against the Cleveland Indians.
Sabbathia took the loss in his last outing, a 4-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 1 in which he allowed two homers over six innings. This will mark Sabbathia’s fourth time facing the Blue Jays this year. He is 1-1 with a 7.62 EA in his first three outings against Toronto this season.
The Blue Jays (52-59) — who are fifth in the AL East — will counter with lefty J.A. Happ, who has posted strong starts in seven of his past ten outings. In his last game, Happ (3.92 ERA, 80 K) reached double digits in strikeouts for the seventh time in his career and tied a season high with seven innings.
Sabathia said that adding Sonny Gray — who is set to make his second Yankees start on Thursday against Toronto — and Jaime Garcia just before Monday’s Non-Waiver Trade Deadline has “1,000 percent” convinced the rest of the team that ownership and the front office believe in their chances of securing a playoff berth.
“I think it means a lot,” Sabathia said. “Coming into this year not really knowing where we were going to be at the Trade Deadline, to have them go out and add pieces makes a huge difference for us, especially after last year.”
Both teams will face off again at 7:07 pm EST on Wednesday for the second game of the series.
CLEVELAND, OH – AUGUST 03: Sonny Gray #55 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the third inning at Progressive Field on August 3, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Yankees 5-1. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)