All season long, the Yankees have been one of the Blue Jays' most heated rivals. On Monday afternoon, the two will have one last chance to face each other before the regular season ends.
Even though the Blue Jays have fallen out of postseason contention, Monday's contest will still hold significance. Toronto -- 7-10 against New York this season -- finds itself trying to play the role of spoiler, as the Yankees trail the Red Sox by just 1 1/2 games for the lead in the American League East.
Jesse Litsch will take the mound in the series finale, filling in for scheduled starter A.J. Burnett, who was bumped to Tuesday after attending to a family matter on Monday.
The Yankees will counter with left-hander Andy Pettitte. The start originally belonged to Roger Clemens, but the Rocket was pushed back until Tuesday to rest his sore left hamstring. Pettitte won his 200th career game in his last outing, against the Orioles. The southpaw surrendered one run on seven hits in 7 2/3 innings and is 3-0 with a 3.50 ERA in his last three starts.
TOR: RHP Jesse Litsch (6-9, 4.16 ERA)
Litsch was originally slated to pitch on Tuesday.
NYY: LHP Andy Pettitte (14-8, 3.79 ERA)
Pettitte is 16-8 with a 4.10 ERA in 32 career outings against the Blue Jays.
Player to watch
Jays outfielder Alex Rios is hitting .300 (3-for-10) in his career against Pettitte. Rios will be heavily relied upon as Toronto tries to make the most of its injury-depleted lineup.
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Official game notes
Tuesday: Blue Jays (Jesse Litsch, 6-9, 4.16) at Orioles (Brian Burres, 6-6, 5.27), 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Blue Jays (Roy Halladay, 15-7, 3.71) at Orioles (Victor Zambrano, 0-2, 6.41), 7:05 p.m. ET
Thursday: Blue Jays (TBD) at Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie, 7-5, 3.65), 7:05 p.m. ET
Gregor Chisholm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.