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10:07 AM PT11:07 AM MT12:07 PM CT1:07 PM ET13:07 ET17:07 GMT1:07 10:07 AM MST12:07 PM EST12:37 PM VEN21:07 UAE12:07 PM CT, September 15, 2019
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 22,562

Betances could return as Yanks face Jays in finale

According to STATS
According to STATS

New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. The Yankees are 51-17 (.750) against AL East opponents this year, on pace to be the best record by any team in the divisional era against its own division. They are 8-5 against the Blue Jays, their worst record versus any of the four opponents in the division.
  2. New York's .512 slugging percentage in road games would be a modern-era record (since 1900), while the team's 149 home runs on the road are the second most all-time behind this year's Twins (152). The Yankees' 6.32 runs per game on the road would be the most by any team since the 1996 Mariners (6.50).
  3. Toronto's 90 losses are the club's most since going 67-94 in 2004. They were one of four teams with no 90-loss seasons from 2005 to 2018, along with the Angels, Cardinals and Yankees.
  4. Cavan Biggio has averaged one walk every 5.8 plate appearances this year, the second-best rate in the majors to Mike Trout (5.5; minimum 300 PA). It's the fourth-best walk rate by a rookie since 1900, and best since Aaron Judge in 2017 (5.3; also minimum 300 PA).
  5. DJ LeMahieu's .325 batting average ranks second in the AL to Tim Anderson of the White Sox (.333). The last Yankee to finish in the top two of the AL batting race was Derek Jeter in 2006, and the last to win the batting title was Bernie Williams in 1998.
  6. Masahiro Tanaka is 7-3 with a 3.24 ERA at home this year, but 3-5 with a 6.09 ERA on the road. That's the largest home/road ERA difference by any AL ERA qualifier this season (+2.85; where road ERA is higher).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/13/2019 thru 9/15/2019

The New York Yankees and the host Toronto Blue Jays will be playing the rubber match of a three-game series Sunday afternoon, and both teams could be featuring players returning from injury.

The Yankees (98-52) clubbed five home runs Saturday -- two by Brett Gardner -- in a 13-3 win over the Blue Jays (58-91) to gain a split of the first two games of the series.

Yankees reliever Dellin Betances (right shoulder impingement) will join the Yankees for the game Sunday after completing a rehabilitation assignment.

The New York starter will be left-hander Jordan Montgomery, 26, who will be returning from Tommy John surgery to make his first major league start since May 1, 2018, when he faced the Houston Astros.

Toronto will start T.J. Zeuch (0-0, 5.40 ERA), who will be making his second career major league start and his third appearance.

The Blue Jays had two injured players return Saturday when left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (left quadriceps strain) went 2-for-3 and was hit by a pitch as DH, and right-hander Elvis Luciano (right elbow sprain) allowed two hits and no runs in one inning.

A big question for the Yankees is how much of pre-injury form Betances can regain for the postseason after missing all season. At his peak, Betances can hit 100 mph with his fastball, but during his minor league rehabilitation he has been in the 94-95 range.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone was not sure how Betances will be used or whether he would pitch Sunday after pitching for Double-A Trenton Friday.

"We will manage him as far as being smart about his workload and building him up properly," Boone said. "Getting him in spots where he can be successful. Whether that falls into the back end (of the bullpen) I am not sure. ... I am not certain he will pitch (Sunday). It would be the first time pitching after one day's rest. There may be a situation we might want to throw him in. The biggest thing is trying to get him built up properly."

Montgomery could throw up to 60 pitches on Sunday and could force himself into the Yankees' postseason plans in the final two weeks of the regular season.

"I wouldn't rule out that if he comes out and pitches really well he could push himself into the conversation," Boone said.

Montgomery is 11-7 with a 3.84 ERA in 35 career starts, and he is 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA, in three career starts against Toronto.

Zeuch, who pitched a no-hitter with Triple-A Buffalo, allowed three runs, six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox in his second major league outing.

The Yankees lead the season series with the Blue Jays 9-6, with one series left between the teams this season.

While the Yankees are going for the best record in the majors, the Blue Jays are building for the future with the expected growing pains.

"Luckily we haven't had many of these even though we're playing the good teams," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said after the blowout Saturday. "We have been in every game. It's a good thing it's September, and so a lot of guys are getting a chance to play. What you can learn from it, you let it go and be ready to play tomorrow. That's the learning lesson, it's just one game."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 15, 2019

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