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TOR@NYY: Whitley allows two runs over five solid

The American League East race continues to tighten, and the Yankees will have a chance to face the first-place Blue Jays and make up ground for the second time in a week.

New York swept a three-game series with Toronto that started on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium and open a three-game set with the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Monday. Chase Whitley will be on the mound for New York for the first time since he held Toronto to just two runs in five innings while throwing a career-high 95 pitches on Wednesday.

"I'm just going to try to stick to my game plan -- throwing strikes and getting ahead of guys," Whitley said. "There's some things I didn't do in my last outing that I'd like to improve on."

The Yankees also will be dealing with a familiar face as Marcus Stroman, the Blue Jays' starter for Tuesday's game, will be on the mound again, as well.

Stroman had one of the worst starts of his young career in that game. He allowed just two earned runs but was unable to get out of the fourth inning. The righty threw 98 pitches.

"They were just fouling off good pitches," Stroman said after the loss. "It's one of those days where my pitch count got driven up by deep counts and I fell behind."

Blue Jays: Lawrie headed to DL
Brett Lawrie fractured his right index finger when he was hit by a pitch in the second inning of Toronto's 4-3 loss to the Reds on Sunday, and he will be placed on the disabled list.

The timeline for this type of injury is a little uncertain, but it typically takes approximately three-to-six weeks of recovery. Toronto has yet to make an official roster move, but there's no doubt Lawrie is going on the DL.

"Oh yeah, 100 percent," Lawrie said. "I don't foresee me being ready in two days, I promise you that. Just one of those things, man."

Toronto also had Jose Bautista leave Sunday's game with tightness in his left leg. The right fielder injured the leg during the third inning while running out a bunt with a pair of runners on. Bautista advanced to second base before being replaced by Jose Reyes.

Bautista is scheduled to undergo an MRI when the Blue Jays return home on Monday. Until then, he doesn't want to say whether this could be a long-term issue or not.

"I don't feel too bad but I really want to see what the MRI says before I can answer a question like that," Bautista said. "I might not feel too bad, but the MRI might show some inflammation or irritation.

Yankees: Pineda suffers slight setback
New York has yet to set a firm date on Michael Pineda's return as he deals with soreness in his throwing shoulder, but that date could be pushed back even further.

He seemed set for an August return until an MRI on Saturday showed some trace amounts of inflammation in the shoulder. He was originally scheduled to throw that day, but will hold off a week.

The righty is not expected to need another MRI.

"Our doctor felt that it would not be necessary because it was fairly minor, the amount of inflammation, compared to what it was, that a week would be plenty sufficient," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Worth noting
• With a two-run single in the third inning of the Blue Jays' loss to the Reds on Sunday, Colby Rasmus extended his hitting streak to five games. The Toronto outfielder has hit safely in each game since his return from the disabled list and has three multi-hit games.

• The Yankees scored at least six runs in two of the three games against the Blue Jays last week. During a three-game series with the Orioles this weekend, New York scored just six runs total.

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