(Sports Network) - CC Sabathia aims to continue his success against the
Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, but he'll have a new catcher after a tough
Friday night for the New York Yankees.
Francisco Cervelli has served as the catcher for Sabathia all season, but
Cervelli broke his right hand in the opener and will miss at least six weeks.
Sabathia, who will instead pitch to Austin Romine or Chris Stewart Saturday,
holds a 13-4 mark with a 2.98 ERA in 18 career games against Toronto. The
lefty is coming off a 5-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Monday when he allowed seven
hits and five runs over seven innings.
The Blue Jays counter with southpaw J.A. Happ, who is 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA in
three lifetime games against the Yankees. Happ didn't get a decision over six
innings in a game at Baltimore on Monday.
Last night, David Phelps threw four strong innings in relief of an ailing Ivan
Nova, and the Yankees overcame the Blue Jays for a 6-4 win.
Phelps (1-1) racked up a career-best nine strikeouts while limiting the Blue
Jays to one run on two hits after taking over for Nova, who was removed with
none out in the top of the third inning with pain in his right elbow. Mariano
Rivera worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to notch his eighth save
of the season.
Lyle Overbay came through with a tie-breaking RBI triple in the fourth and
Brett Gardner tacked on a solo homer later on to help New York post its second
straight win over slumping Toronto in the first two tests of this four-game
set. Vernon Wells added a pair of hits and an RBI in three at-bats to the
The victory came with a cost, however, as Cervelli fractured his hand when
being struck by a foul tip by Toronto's Rajai Davis, the game's leadoff
hitter. The team said afterward that he will require surgery.
"I don't think teams are going to care if we have injuries or not, they're
going to want to beat us," said Wells. "So we need to continue to go about our
business. and that's playing good defense, having great starting pitching and
just scoring enough runs when we need them."
Nova was charged with two runs allowed on four hits in two-plus innings.
The Blue Jays suffered their 16th defeat in their last 19 visits to Yankee
Stadium despite a pair of solo homers from Edwin Encarnacion. Jose Bautista
also had a solo shot in the setback, Toronto's sixth in eight outings overall.
Encarnacion has homered in four straight games.
Brad Lincoln (0-1) was handed the loss after permitting two runs in one
inning. Aaron Laffey, making an emergency start for an injured Josh Johnson,
lasted just 2 2/3 frames and was reached for a pair of runs while walking
"I lost my release point and couldn't get out front and stay on top of the
ball," said Laffey. "I was just kind of all over the place. It didn't matter
what I did, I just wasn't able to get the ball where I wanted it to go."
The Yankees had gone 11-7 against the Jays last season and have won nine
straight season series at home against them.
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