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Bombers aim to back Pettitte vs. Jays

Bombers aim to back Pettitte vs. Jays

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After an outstanding homestand in which the Yankees went 5-1 and scored 64 runs, they'll look to continue their run on the road.

Coming off their sweep of the Royals in the Bronx, the Yankees will head to Rogers Centre on Monday to play the first game of the three-game series against the Blue Jays.

Andy Pettitte will take the mound for New York in his third start facing Toronto this year. The left-hander will look to pick up his first win against the Blue Jays in 2007, as he collected a loss and a no-decision in his previous two starts.

His last start against the Jays was at Yankee Stadium on July 17, when he record the no-decision over seven innings of one-run ball. Pettitte struck out seven and walked three as the Yankees won, 3-2.

Jesse Litsch will take the mound for the Blue Jays, facing the Yankees for the first time since May 30, and the second time this season. Litsch's May outing against New York was brief -- just two-thirds of an inning, in which he allowed four runs on five hits.

Pitching matchup
NYY: LHP Andy Pettitte (7-7, 3.97 ERA)
On Wednesday, Pettitte turned out a solid seven-inning victory against the White Sox, allowing six hits and one run while striking out six. Against the Blue Jays, the left-hander is 15-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 30 career starts, and 10-4 in 15 starts at Rogers Centre.

TOR: RHP Jesse Litsch (4-4, 3.47 ERA)
Posting an impressive 1.71 ERA in July, Litsch is going into Monday's game with two consecutive wins. In his last start, a 2-0 win over the Devil Rays at Tropicana Field, Litsch held Tampa Bay without a run over his 6 2/3 innings, though he allowed seven hits and struck out just two batters.

Player to watch
Vernon Wells is batting .423 in 26 career at-bats against Pettitte, including four doubles, one home run and six RBIs.

Tickets
 Buy tickets now to catch the game in person.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• YES

On radio
• WCBS, 92.7 WQBU (Español)

Up next
• Tuesday: Yankees (Roger Clemens, 3-5, 4.23) at Blue Jays (Josh Towers, 5-8, 5.17), 7:07 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 13-5, 3.49) at Blue Jays (Roy Halladay, 12-5, 4.13), 7:07 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Off-day

Lauren Kobylarz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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