Thursday, April 14, 2016

Stroman, Eovaldi set for series finale in Toronto

A pair of young starters will look to have bounce-back outings when the Blue Jays and Yankees square off Thursday night at Rogers Centre, after the teams split the first two games of their series.
After surrendering five earned runs in just 5 1/3 innings in the Blue Jays' home opener, Marcus Stroman will look to redeem himself in front of the Toronto faithful.
Stroman, a native of the New York area, has fared well against the Yankees in the early part of his career, compiling a 4-1 record with a 2.43 ERA.
Stroman's mound opponent will be Nathan Eovaldi, who gave up five runs in five innings in an 8-5 Yankees win over the Astros last Thursday. His lone career start against Toronto came in New York last August, when he pitched 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball and took a no-decision in an eventual 2-1 Yankees loss.
Three things to know about this game
•  Yankees catcher Brian McCann was removed from Tuesday's game after fouling a ball off the big toe on his left foot. He did not start Wednesday and is considered day to day.
•  Current Blue Jays have just 11 hits in 52 total at-bats against Eovaldi, with only Josh Donaldson having homered off the 26-year-old right-hander.
•  Edwin Encarnacion has reached base safely in 25 consecutive games against the Yankees.

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