(Sports Network) - The New York Yankees are running out of time.
The Yankees try to put the brakes on a four-game losing streak and keep their
fading postseason hopes alive on Wednesday when they continue a three-game
series versus the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Toronto added to New York's woes on Wednesday, as R.A. Dickey prevailed in a
pitcher's duel with Andy Pettitte, and the Blue Jays eked out a 2-0 victory.
Dickey (13-12) yielded just four hits and two walks while striking out eight
over seven scoreless innings. Casey Janssen struck out the side in the ninth
to nail down his 31st save.
"It would be nice to continue to grow. These are important games, for me in
particular. We are going to be competing next year, it is important to start
getting it right now," said Dickey.
The setback dropped New York 3 1/2 games back in the American League wild card
race, where Tampa Bay and Texas currently hold the top two spots after the
Rangers defeated the Rays on Tuesday.
"We're getting to where we can't lose much more," Yankees manager Joe Girardi
Pettitte (10-10) gave the Yankees a chance by firing 6 2/3 effective innings,
with the veteran's lone mistake a solo homer to Colby Rasmus in the bottom of
the fourth. Rajai Davis added a solo shot later on and finished 2-for-4 in the
win, only the Blue Jays' second in their last seven overall games.
Getting the call for the Yankees on Wednesday will be righty Phil Hughes, who
is just 4-13 on the season with a 5.07 ERA. Hughes returned to the rotation
and started against Baltimore on Thursday, but lasted just three-plus innings
despite giving up a run and three hits in his team's 6-5 win.
"After having not pitched a lot in the last couple of weeks, command was my
biggest concern," Hughes said on Thursday. "It was pretty good. I didn't walk
anybody and I was throwing a lot of strikes, so I was happy with that."
Hughes is 5-6 lifetime versus the Jays with a 4.84 ERA.
Toronto, meanwhile, will counter with lefty J.A. Happ, who has lost four of
his last five starts. Happ's latest setback came on Thursday against the Los
Angeles Angels, as he allowed four runs (3 earned) and six hits in 4 1/3
innings, dropping him to 4-6 to go along with a 5.15 ERA.
"I'm just trying to prove to myself more than anything," Happ said. "You want
to keep the team in the game and you want to have respect. I'm thinking about
the team more than I'm thinking about anybody else analyzing me. I hope to go
out and finish strong, that's for sure."
Happ's struggles could continue on Wednesday, as Toronto has lost his last six
starts at home. He's also 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts against the
Yankees this season.
Despite Tuesday's loss, New York has won 13 of its 17 meetings with the Jays
this season. In fact, since 2001, Toronto has won the head-to-head matchup
with New York just one time, going 10-8 against the Yanks in '10.
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