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Jays set to go into break on a roll
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07/12/2003  4:17 PM ET 
Jays set to go into break on a roll
New York (56-36) at Toronto (49-45), p.m. 1:05 ET
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Yankees preview

After skidding for the better part of two weeks, the Blue Jays badly needed a win on Saturday. That's exactly what they got, courtesy of Roy Halladay's extended victory tour. Toronto's ace hasn't lost in three months, and he used his considerable skills to stop his team's latest skid.

    Kelvim Escobar   /   P
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 220
Bats/Throws: R/R

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Kelvim Escobar, who has pitched well since moving into the regular rotation, drew the tough assignment of following that act. The right-hander hasn't earned a win in any of his last four starts, but that's not an indictment. Escobar exited with a lead in each of his last two starts, but the bullpen couldn't seal the deal. New York will hand the ball to Jeff Weaver in the first-half finale.

Even with Saturday's result, the Yanks have only lost once at SkyDome this season. Despite that fact, the Blue Jays have done relatively well, winning six of the last eight games. Toronto has only won the season series once in the past four years -- overall, the Yanks have won 42 of the last 72 games played. In the last 30 games at SkyDome played between these two teams, they both own a 15-15 record.

Pitching matchup:

  • NYY: RHP Jeff Weaver
  • 4-7, 5.52 in 2003
  • 1-1, 2.84 vs. TOR in 2003
  • 4-7, 5.38 lifetime vs. TOR

  • TOR: RHP Kelvim Escobar
  • 5-5, 4.27 in 2003
  • 1-0, 7.71 vs. NYY in 2003
  • 4-4, 4.63 lifetime vs. NYY

    Players to watch:
    Collectively, the Blue Jays are batting just .284 (50-for-176) against Weaver. Four of Toronto's best hitters -- Shannon Stewart, Carlos Delgado, Vernon Wells and Eric Hinske -- have combined to bat .368 (35-for-95) against Weaver. Frank Catalanotto and Mike Bordick, meanwhile, have gone just 3-for-29 (.104) against him.

    On the Internet:
    MLB.TV
    Gameday Audio

  •  Gameday

    On television:

  • Yankees: YES
  • Blue Jays: TSN

    On radio:

  • Yankees: WCBS 880 AM, WADO 1280 AM (Spanish)
  • Blue Jays: Fan 590 AM

    Quick hits:
    Despite Saturday's win, the Blue Jays have still lost 11 of their last 14 games. They've also lost six of the last seven at SkyDome, which gives them a 23-23 record at home. ...Toronto passed 1 million in attendance on Friday night, just their 45th home game of the season. Last year, it took 52 games for the Jays to reach that mark. ...Toronto's 49 wins in 94 games is nine games off the best start in franchise history. By contrast, it's 20 games better than the worst mark.

    On deck:

  • Monday -- Day Off
  • Tuesday -- All-Star Game
  • Wednesday -- Day Off
  • Thursday @ Red Sox, 7:05 p.m.
  • Friday @ Red Sox, 7:05 p.m.
  • Saturday @ Red Sox, 7:05 p.m.

    Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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