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    April 28, 2018 8:09 AM +0430

    (Sports Network) - The Toronto Blue Jays are finally starting to play up to expectations. J.R. Smith Jersey . They will be put to the test this weekend, as they start a three-game series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Thanks to a few offseason deals that landed them reigning NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, as well as Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, Toronto was expected to compete. However, the new acquisitions have either struggled or been injured and the Blue Jays sit seven games under .500 and eight games back of the American League East-leading Yankees. Toronto, though, heads to New York having won four in a row and seven of its last 10. It could be getting hot at the right time. Following this set in the Bronx, the Blue Jays can further chip into their division deficit, as they host series against both Tampa Bay and Baltimore. "All we can do from here on out is play good consistent baseball," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "Weve dug a pretty big hole, and theres a lot of good teams in our division ... so it wont be easy. There still is a lot of time, but you got to play better baseball from here on out. "Lets face it, weve got to have some pretty good streaks in there, too." Getting the call on Friday will be one of Torontos newcomers, Buehrle, who is just 1-2 with a 6.19 ERA. Buehrle pitched well his last time out in Boston, but did not get a decision, despite yielding a run and five hits in seven innings of a 3-2 win. Buehrle could have his work cut out for him on Friday, as he is just 1-9 lifetime versus the Yankees with a 6.19 ERA in 14 starts. Hes 0-1 in two starts against them this year and has allowed seven earned runs in 12 1/3 innings of those outings, both Toronto losses. He hasnt beaten them since April 10, 2004. New York, meanwhile, will counter with Japanese righty Hiroki Kuroda, who has won five of his last six decisions. Kuroda beat the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, limiting them to a pair of runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings to run his record to 5-2 to go along with a 2.31 ERA. Kuroda defeated the Blue Jays back on April 25 and is 3-1 in five starts against them with a 3.82. New York could use a big start from Kuroda on Friday, as it enters this series having dropped two of three to the Seattle Mariners after falling 3-2 in Thursdays rubber match. Curtis Granderson finished 3-for-4 and scored a run for New York, which saw Andy Pettitte (4-3) depart after 4 2/3 innings due to a tight left trapezius muscle. The veteran left-hander, making his 499th career start, gave up two runs on four hits, walked three and struck out five. "Its been a battle my last four starts," said Pettitte. "My command just isnt what I want it to be." While the Pettitte injury doesnt seem too bad, the Yankees also lost catcher Chris Stewart to a groin injury that could land him on the disabled list. "When he went around the base and stopped, he said he felt something," Yankees skipper Joe Girardi said of his catcher. "He said it didnt pop. He said he was OK, but when we saw him run, he said it continued to hurt." The Yankees swept a four-game set from the Jays the last time these teams met in the Bronx and have won 16 of the last 18 meetings at home in this series. Kyle Korver Jersey . -- Five former Kansas City Chiefs players who were on the team between 1987 and 1993 filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the team hid and even lied about the risks of head injuries during that time period when there was no collective bargaining agreement in place in the NFL. Tristan Thompson Jersey . Note: The Calgary Flames announced Tuesday that Sean Monahan would not be made available to Canadas World Junior team. . Tracey comes to the Blue Bombers after spending over a decade with Queens University. Most recently he was the schools assistant football coach. Flexibility is the key to curbing Sydney superstar Lance Franklin, according to Geelong coach Chris Scott.And that need for versatility plays right into the hands of fit-again Cats tall Lachie Henderson as Scott ponders selection ahead of Friday nights preliminary final against the SwansI think against Sydney that flexibility is going to be important, Scott said.For obvious reasons the focus can be on (Lance Franklin), and Tom Lonergan has traditionally taken him, but having the capacity to have different players who can help out in that area would be an asset.We think weve got pretty good flexibility in our squad and irrespective of the final 22 we go with weve got confidence that weve got a few guys who can play at either end of the ground.Lachie is certainly one of them.Henderson hasnt played since suffering a knee injury in round 22.Scott said the 22 players who helped the Cats to a thrilling two-point win over Hawthorn in the qualifying final are inn the box seat to keep their spots, but Henderson appears to have a compelling case for inclusion. Kevin Love Jersey. Quelling Franklin isnt Scotts only headache, of course, with game-breaking midfielder Josh Kennedy another major threat.If you could completely stop Kennedy getting the ball that would be a win, but that is unlikely, Scott conceded.We just have to make sure we put enough pressure on him when he does get it and limit the effectiveness of those guys getting it to their outside runners.The Swans are limping into the preliminary final, but Scott said he will spend little time trying to figure out if injured trio Jarrad McVeigh, Callum Mills and Gary Rohan will recover in time to play.Sydney ruck-forward Kurt Tippett has been cleared to return from a fractured jaw that kept him from the Swans semi-final win over Adelaide. Jerseys NFL China Cheap Jerseys OnlineWholesale Jerseys 2018 Jerseys NFL China Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys 2020 ' ' '