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CC pitches eight innings of one-run ball vs. Jays

Blue Jays acting manager Don Wakamatsu needs to look no further than across the field Sunday to help teach his young hitters the approach at the plate that can make them successful at the big league level.

Wakamatsu and the Blue Jays will try to avoid a sweep when they meet CC Sabathia and the Yankees in the series finale at Yankee Stadium.

"I think you look at some of the personnel on their team and the credentials they have," Wakamatsu said of the Bronx Bombers, who have won 10 of 16 against Toronto and nine of 12 in New York. "But I think one in particular is you look at [Robinson Cano's] career and what he's done, especially over the past couple of years. I think he's a poster child for somebody that has created a bit more plate discipline, and because of that, the power numbers continue to grow."

Cano was the key in New York's 6-4 win Saturday, belting a go-ahead two-run double in the bottom of the seventh. He'll likely be one of nine hitters going to bat behind Sabathia on Sunday, as the big lefty looks for his 19th win of the season.

Sabathia needed 128 pitches to work through six innings when he beat the Red Sox on Aug. 30 for the first time this season. It's something Yankees manager Joe Girardi plans to keep an eye on Sunday.

"Depends on how he's throwing the baseball," Girardi said. "Physically, he said he was good, and CC's honest and he'll let us know if he needs the extra day. One thing that he's had is extra days leading up to this. So that was one of the reasons I also felt I could go deeper."

Lefty Brett Cecil (4-7, 4.51 ERA) will be on the hill for Toronto, coming off a start in which he gave up four runs against the Orioles and took a no-decision.

The Yankees, who are a season-high 31 games over .500, own the best record in the American League.

Yankees: Jones helps boost depth in outfield
With injuries nagging some of the Yankees' key contributors like Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez lately, Girardi has had the luxury of looking down his deep bench to find reinforcements.

Among them is veteran outfielder Andruw Jones, who is hitting .333 with seven homers and 16 RBIs since the All-Star break.

"His at-bats have been very good, his defense has been very good," Girardi said of the 10-time Gold Glove Award winner. "The one thing about Andruw Jones is that he plays the game with a certain ease, especially when he plays the outfield. It seems like ever since we saw him come up as a young kid, he has a knack of just running to the spot where the ball is going to land. You don't ever see any panic in him. He just reads the ball off the bat very well. He's played outstanding."

• The Yankees' bullpen has combined to allow just four earned runs in the team's last 11 wins -- a 1.13 ERA (31 2/3 innings pitched), while striking out 44.

Blue Jays: Sluggers to get a break
Adam Lind was the Jays' designated hitter on Saturday, and will likely receive the day off Sunday. Jose Bautista also was in Saturday's lineup after fouling a ball off his leg Friday night. He will likely be in the lineup as the DH on Sunday.

• Reliever Casey Janssen allowed his first run in 16 2/3 innings of work on Saturday, snapping what was the longest scoreless-innings streak by a Toronto pitcher this season. It was also a career high for the right-hander.

Right-hander Frank Francisco has gone 14 innings without allowing a run, his longest streak of the season.

Worth noting
• Seventy of the Blue Jays' 139 games have been decided by two runs or less. Toronto is 20-25 in one-run ballgames.

• The Yankees are a Major League-best 36-9 in day games this season. Comments