W2W4: Blue Jays at Yankees (July 17)

Sabathia Stats To Watch

CC Sabatha returns from his layoff to face a team against whom he has won his past seven decisions, and is 12-3 against for his career.

A win would give Sabathia what would be tied with David Price and Mike Torrez for the fourth-longest winning streak of anyone against the Blue Jays. Only Larry Gura (10), Roger Clemens (9) and Luis Tiant (9) have won more than eight straight versus Toronto.

Five of those Sabathia wins have come with the Yankees, two shy of the team record for consecutive wins against Toronto, set by Mike Mussina from 2001 to 2003.

Blue Jays star Jose Bautista might be smart to sit this one out even if he’s healthy. He’s 1-for-19 in his career against Sabathia.

In all, five Blue Jays have more than 10 regular-season at-bats against Sabathia. The best numbers among them is Edwin Encarnacion, who is 6-for-25 against him.

Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com, we can tell you that those who entered the day on the Blue Jays roster have a combined 156 regular-season at-bats against Sabathia without a homer. Sabathia hasn’t allowed a homer in his past four starts against any team.

We’ll see if there’s any rustiness on Sabathia’s fastball, which has averaged 92 miles-per-hour over his last four starts. Though right-handed hitters were missing it more often than usual in that span, they were able to get their share of hits against it when they made contact.

Righties have a .391 BABIP against Sabathia’s heater in his last four starts. The pitch typically yields hits on about 30 percent of balls in play against him.

Brett Cecil Stats to Watch

Cecil is 6-12 with a 5.09 ERA since posting 15 wins with a 4.22 ERA in 2010.

He allowed five runs in each of his two starts against the Yankees last season, losing both, but had won his previous four decisions against them prior to that. The Blue Jays averaged better than six runs per game in his first seven starts against the Yankees, but totaled just five runs in his last two.

Andruw Jones is 0-for-9 with three strikeouts against Cecil, so it will be interesting to see if and where Joe Girardi places him in the lineup.

On the Mark … vs lefties

First baseman Mark Teixeira has hit lefties well this month. He’s 8-for-his-last 17 with four home runs and three walks against them since July 2.

Seven of the eight hits have come in two pitch locations -- four over the middle-third of the plate, about knee-high, and three over the outer-third of the plate, about waist-high.

But Curtis not as grand

Curtis Granderson is 6-for-his-last-29 against lefties, with one home run and 16 strikeouts in that span.

The game plan against Granderson during that stretch is to get him with offspeed pitches, and that’s been true throughout at-bats (not just with two strikes). Of the last 34 swings he’s taken against a curve, changeup or slider from a lefty, he’s missed 23 of them.

Cecil will throw a curve, slider, and even his changeup to a lefty frequently. He’s done so on about half of his pitches over the last two seasons.

Stat of the Day

Robinson Cano has a 19-game hitting streak, will try to be the first Yankees player with a 20-gamer since Derek Jeter in 2007.