Posted April 19, 2013 on AP on Fox
After getting some bad news about one star player, the New York Yankees are hoping that Andy Pettitte's return can help them bounce back from the end to a win streak. Their next opponent, though, might also get a key player back from injury as Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista could return from a sore back in Friday night's series opener at Rogers Centre. The 40-year-old Pettitte (2-0, 1.20 ERA) had gotten this season off to a superb start before back spasms forced him to skip his most recent scheduled start. "I feel good. It was a good decision," Pettitte told the team's website. "I don't want to second guess anybody. ... It's not that big of an issue. Hopefully, I'll feel great Friday." The Yankees (8-6), who recently learned that shortstop Derek Jeter won't be back until after the All-Star break, are hoping for another effective outing from their 247-game winner after missing their chance at a season-high fourth straight win Thursday. Francisco Cervelli hit a tying solo homer in the ninth inning against Arizona but New York gave up four runs in the 12th in a 6-2 defeat. "The homer right now doesn't mean anything, because we lost the game," Cervelli told the team's website. "I don't care if I hit three homers and we lost. I'm not happy. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, head into this series after avoiding a season-high third straight defeat with a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. "A win does wonders. I don't care what time of year it is," manager John Gibbons said. Despite making some high-profile deals in the offseason, Toronto (7-9) is off to a lackluster start and has experienced just one win streak. The Blue Jays are hoping that Bautista can come back Friday and lead them to another. The outfielder has sat out the past four games with his back woes and missed seven total contests this season. Gibbons said Thursday that Bautista was "showing progress" and might return for the series opener against the Yankees. Brandon Morrow (0-1, 4.60) will start for Toronto and try to record his third straight scoreless outing against the Yankees. The right-hander has allowed two runs or fewer in two of his three starts this season but once again struggled to get run support Sunday in Kansas City. Morrow gave up two runs over six innings but did not get a decision in a 3-2 loss. "It was a nice job pitching," Gibbons said. Morrow hasn't given up a run in his last 16 innings against New York, including back-to-back wins. He's also 3-1 with a 1.30 ERA in his last four matchups. Pettitte has allowed three runs or fewer in four straight outings against Toronto but had a four-game win streak versus the Blue Jays snapped with a 3-2 loss at Rogers Centre on Sept. 29. Pettittie's 15 career wins in Toronto are his second-most in an opposing stadium, trailing only his 16 in Baltimore. The Yankees have gone 11-7 against the Blue Jays in each of the last two seasons but have dropped five of their nine games in Toronto in both years.

Jeter has setback; new crack revealed in ankle

Derek Jeter has a had a setback in his surgically repaired ankle. Jeter traveled to Charlotte for an unscheduled visit on Thursday to meet with Dr. Robert Anderson, the doctor who performed his initial surgery.  During the visit, a CT scan revealed a small crack in the surgically-repaired left ankle.  Jeter will avoid surgery and wait for the bone to heal on its own.  He is expected...

Yankees SS Jeter out until after All-Star break

Yankees captain Derek Jeter will be sidelined until after the All-Star break because of a new fracture in his injured left ankle. Jeter was hurt last October in the opener of the AL championship series. He played sparingly in spring training and started the season rehabbing at the team's minor league complex in Tampa, Fla. After three straight days of workouts, the 38-year...

Yankees Game 13: Pronk breaks tie

Pronk’s fourth home run was a game-winning home run. Arizona Diamondbacks 3 — New York Yankees 4   Travis Hafner comes through in the eighth in tonight’s 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.   CC Sabathia started tonight’s game and struggled in the beginning. A two-run home run by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt put the Yankees in an early hole. Sabathia would settle down...

Yankees game 16 lineup: 4/20/13

The Yankees take on the Blue Jays in the middle game of a three-game set from Toronto this afternoon. Hiroki Kuroda, who is coming off a complete game, five-hit shutout, will get the start today. Mark Buehrle will get the ball for the Jays. Here are the lineups: New York Yankees (9-6) Brett Gardner CF Ben Francisco DH Robinson Cano 2B Kevin Youkilis 1B Vernon Wells LF Francisco...

Yankees Derek Jeter Still Has Ankle Fracture: Out until All-Star Break

The news on New York Yankee star shortstop Derek Jeter keeps getting worse. An April 17 CT scan revealed a slight fracture in the same area of Jeter’s left ankle that has kept him from playing during the regular season. Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman predicts that Jeter will now miss the entire first half. Jeter played in only 11 Spring Training games due...

Derek Jeter Out Until All-Star Break With Small Crack In Ankle

    Bad news for the Yankees as Derek Jeter has been diagnosed with a small crack in his left ankle. The setback will now keep the iconic short stop off the field until after the All-Star break. As reported by ESPN Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed the injury on Thursday before the Yankees night game vs the Diamondbacks at home. Cashman stated: “We have to back off and let...

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 184: Brett Gardner Makes an Adjustment by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss Brett Gardner`s new approach at the plate, and how hitters adjust to pitchers.

On This Day in History | 1923

Gov. Al Smith throws out the first pitch (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress) On this day 90 years ago the Yankees played the inaugural game at Yankee Stadium on a chilly 49-degree afternoon. In front of 74,200 fans, many of whom having driven down a dirt road leading to the Stadium, the Bronx Bombers dealt the Boston Red Sox a 4-1 loss. Pitcher Bob Shawkey went the distance...

Toronto RHP Dickey leaves with sore neck and back

Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey left Thursday night's game against the Chicago White Sox after six shutout innings because of tightness in his neck and back. Toronto manager John Gibbons and trainer George Poulis went to the mound after Dickey struck out Dewayne Wise for the second out of the sixth. After a brief discussion, Dickey remained in the game and finished the inning...

Can Yanks endure in Jeter's absence?

Derek Jeter's extended absence leaves Yankees with painful questions about future.
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.