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TOR@NYY: Buehrle strikes out four over six innnings

Mark Buehrle has accomplished a lot in his career, which began in 2000. He's a four-time All Star with a perfect game and no-hitter on his resume.

But Buehrle has largely been unable to solve the Yankees, who he'll face again Tuesday. In his career against New York, the lefty is 1-11 with a 5.84 ERA and 1.55 WHIP.

In 2014, though, Buehrle has been strong. He's 10-4 with a 2.32 ERA in 15 starts. Last week against the Yankees, he allowed two earned runs, six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over six innings in a loss.

David Phelps threw the following day for New York, scattering six hits, two runs, two walks and seven strikeouts over seven innings in a win. He'll face Toronto again Tuesday.

The Blue Jays are surely happy to play this series at Rogers Centre. The Yankees have beaten Toronto 16 straight times in New York.

"Maybe we don't like the bright lights of Broadway, that's all I can figure," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after last Wednesday's loss in New York. "Last year, we didn't win a game here. We lost the first couple here [this season], and then it goes even further back. It's a mystery, who knows why? They definitely have our number, but there's a lot of games left here, and we need to bounce back."

The Blue Jays lead the American League East by 1 1/2 games over the Orioles and 2 1/2 games over the Yankees. As the season wears on, division games become even more crucial. But New York skipper Joe Girardi isn't buying into that just yet.

"If you start looking at the standings every day, you've got a long way to go," Girardi said. "We almost have, I think, 90 games to go, or 85 games to go, whatever is it. The bottom line is to go out and play well every day, and if you do that, it will take care of itself."

Yankees: Solarte's struggles continue
Kelly Johnson started at third base for the eighth time in the past 10 games Monday, as rookie Yangervis Solarte continued to struggle at the plate.

Solarte had fallen into a deep slump after starting the season at a torrid pace. The 26-year-old entered Monday's series opener hitless in his last nine games, and batting .065 (2-for-31) in his last 10.

But the switch-hitter entered Monday's game to play defense late, and knocked an RBI single in his only at-bat in the Yankees' 8-3 loss.

Girardi said before Monday's game that Solarte's struggles aren't concerning, and considering he's a rookie, having the experience of scuffling at the big league level can actually be beneficial.

"He's frustrated by it, but you have to keep it in perspective as a player, and understand that all good hitters go through it," Girardi said. "It's not the first time you've been through it, it's just at a different level and you'll come out of it if you keep putting in good at-bats."

Blue Jays: Lawrie hits DL; Bautista day to day
Outfielder Jose Bautista has a mild left hamstring strain, but for now, it's not serious enough to send him to the disabled list, Gibbons said. Brett Lawrie isn't so fortunate.

Lawrie fractured his right index finger when he was hit in the hand by a pitch Sunday against the Reds, and the Blue Jays placed him on the DL on Monday. Toronto recalled outfielders Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar from Triple-A Buffalo, and optioned catcher Erik Kratz in corresponding moves.

"I don't think it should be blown out of proportion. I think we have capable guys who can fill in on a short-term basis and hopefully do a great job," said Bautista. "And certainly the other guys who are in the lineup, who are still regulars, are plenty good to carry the offense and the team on the field. I wouldn't blow it out of proportion."

Worth noting
• Yankees lefty CC Sabathia is scheduled to throw 35 pitches on Tuesday in either a bullpen session or a simulated game. He's been out since May 11 with inflammation in his right knee.

• Bautista (AL) and Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (National League) have been named captains for the Gillette Home Run Derby on July 14 at Target Field in Minnesota. They will determine the other four hitters on their respective teams. Comments