Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/20/12

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell addressed the team before Monday's series opener with the Yankees about the trip to New York and Boston.

"There's going to be steps along the way, and different sets of challenges that we'll meet, or we'll encounter," he said on Monday. "This road trip presents one of those, and I think this has a chance to further define us, not only who we are, but what we're capable of."

If there has been any defining after the three games of the New York portion of the trip, it's that the Blue Jays still have trouble winning at Yankee Stadium.

They scored four runs in the three-game series and have lost eight games in a row -- and 10 of their past 11 -- there. They have lost five consecutive series in The Bronx.

The last time the Blue Jays have lost eight games in a row at Yankee Stadium was June 23, 1995-June 4, 1996.

In this visit to Yankee Stadium they suffered injuries to Jose Bautista (inflammation of the left wrist) and Brett Lawrie (bruised calf) but either injury could have been worse.

"It was a costly series," Farrell said. "Obviously getting swept first and foremost, and then the injury to Jose in game one and then (Wednesday) with Brett going over the railing.

"It's not what we envisioned. This is a very good (Yankee) team that is probably playing their best baseball of the year over the last month or so.

"We know the challenges are steep that we have to overcome to maintain this position in this overall wild card position, but we have to move on. These three games are in the books and we have to go into Boston with the same aggressiveness."

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