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On Deck: Yankees at Blue Jays

TUESDAY 7:07 p.m.
LHP CC Sabathia (9-4, 3.81 ERA) vs. LHP J.A. Happ (4-8, 3.92 ERA)
This is a rematch of a Fourth of July game at Yankee Stadium, which the Blue Jays won 4-1, knocking out Sabathia after 2.2 innings. Sabathia hasn’t pitched more than six innings in a game since June 7.

WEDNESDAY 7:07 p.m.
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (8-10, 4.93 ERA) vs. RHP Cesar Valdez (1-1, 7.63 ERA)
Tanaka’s 10 losses this season are the most of his four-year MLB career, but two of his eight wins in 2017 have come against the Blue Jays.

THURSDAY 7:07 p.m.
RHP Sonny Gray (6-6, 3.41 ERA) vs. RHP Marco Estrada (4-7, 5.12 ERA)
Gray allowed four runs, two earned, in six innings in his Yankees debut on Thursday against Cleveland. That was his only game since facing the Blue Jays on July 25 as a member of the Athletics.

TOP 3 STORYLINES

1. Skipper sits Sanchez
Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez can hit (17 homers, 52 RBIs, .827 OPS this season), but his receiving skills (10 errors, and a MLB-worst 12 passed balls) need to get better, especially after a poor game Friday. Manager Joe Girardi, himself a former catcher, used Sanchez as DH on Saturday, kept him on the bench Sunday, and let media members know Sunday that Sanchez has been told to improve his defence.

2. Arms aplenty
The Yankees were active before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, especially to supplement a pitching staff that already was strong. They added starters Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia, and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle. The starters help to cover the loss off Michael Pineda to elbow surgery, and allowed the Yankees to manage rookie Jordan Montgomery’s innings total by sending him to triple-A on Sunday. Their team ERA since the all-star break (2.92) is lowest in the AL.

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