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Toronto at NY Yankees
When: 7:05 PM ET, Monday, June 24, 2019
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

The New York Yankees look to follow up setting a franchise record for consecutive contests with a homer by matching the major-league mark on Monday when they open a three-game series against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. DJ LeMahieu launched a three-run shot in the fifth inning in Sunday's 9-4 setback to Houston, moving the Yankees to within one of the league record set by Texas in 2002.

LeMahieu's three-hit performance was upstaged by Tyler White's first career grand slam, however, as the sputtering Astros snapped New York's season-high eight-game winning streak. The 30-year-old LeMahieu has three homers, 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored during a nine-game hitting streak and went 7-for-14 with a homer and six RBIs in the series versus Toronto earlier this month. The Blue Jays won two of three contests in that set and did the same this weekend following their 6-1 victory over Boston. Danny Jansen ripped a two-run single and Eric Sogard had a solo homer for Toronto, which has scored five or more runs in seven of the last eight games.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, Sportsnet, TVA Sports (Toronto), YES (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays RH Aaron Sanchez (3-9, 5.49 ERA) vs. Yankees LH CC Sabathia (4-4, 4.14)

Sanchez sustained his fifth setback in as many starts and eighth straight losing decision on Wednesday after he was blitzed for seven runs (six earned) on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings in an 11-6 defeat by the Los Angeles Angels. The 26-year-old was taken deep twice for the second consecutive outing and has yielded a total of six homers in his last four trips to the mound. Sanchez sports a 2-4 record with a 3.24 ERA in 15 career appearances (five starts) against the Yankees with Didi Gregorius (6-for-16) faring well while Aaron Judge (1-for-8) and Brett Gardner (3-for-19, five strikeouts) enduring considerable struggles.

Sabathia snapped a three-start losing skid and recorded his 250th career win on Wednesday after allowing one run on three hits in six innings of a 12-1 romp versus Tampa Bay. The 38-year-old became the 14th pitcher with 3,000 strikeouts and 250 victories, with 12 of the previous 13 residing in the Hall of Fame (Roger Clemens is the exception). Sabathia owns an 18-12 mark with a 3.65 ERA in 35 career starts against Toronto, with Teoscar Hernandez (3-for-10, homer) and Randal Grichuk (3-for-11, two homers) enjoying some success versus him.

WALK-OFFS

1. Grichuk went 5-for-12 with three homers, four RBIs and four runs scored in the previous series versus New York.

2. Yankees C Gary Sanchez is 10-for-27 with three homers, 12 RBIs and six runs scored during his seven-game hitting streak.

3. Blue Jays 2B Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who has eight hits in his last four games, went 1-for-10 in the previous series versus New York.

PREDICTION: Yankees 7, Blue Jays 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Toronto 29-49 W2 13-25 16-24 10-14 8-14 9-10 2-11
NY Yankees 49-28 L1 28-14 21-14 22-7 12-11 9-6 6-4
Last Meeting
Toronto NY Yankees
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/6/19 NYY 6 TOR 2 .235 1 .588 .222 2 .772
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Toronto R. Grichuk .417 5 1.628
NY Yankees D. LeMahieu .500 7 1.462
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Toronto R. Grichuk 3 4 4
NY Yankees A. Hicks 2 3 4
Pitching ERA Avg K
Toronto 4.00 .260 26
NY Yankees 5.04 .236 16
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Toronto F. Galvis .262 73 .735
NY Yankees D. LeMahieu .322 93 .858
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Toronto R. Grichuk 14 37 31
NY Yankees E. Encarnacion 23 53 53
Pitching ERA Avg K
Toronto 4.80 .225 642
NY Yankees 4.01 .259 712