(SportsNetwork.com) - Toronto left-hander Mark Buehrle eyes just his second win in 15 starts on Friday when the Toronto Blue Jays open a three-game set with the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre.
That may be easier said than done, though, as Buehrle is a miserable 1-12 in his career against the Yankees and 0-10 with a 7.34 ERA and .337 opponents' batting average over 15 starts since April 20, 2004.
Buehrle has struggled against just about everyone lately, though, and is 1-7 with a 4.74 ERA since beating Kansas City on June 1. He didn't get a decision on Saturday versus Tampa Bay and surrendered three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 frames of his team's 5-4 win.
He is 11-8 on the year with a 3.41 ERA.
This could be his last start as a member of the Blue Jays. It has been reported that Buehrle has been placed on revocable waivers and the pitching- starved Los Angeles Angels apparently have some interest. However, he is owed $15 million next season.
Toronto avoided a three-game sweep at the hands on the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, as it managed a 5-2 win. The Blue Jays, though, are 9 1/2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East and 5 1/2 back of the second wild card spot.
"Yeah, we're up against a big headwind, but yeah, you have to stay optimistic," said manager John Gibbons. "Why wouldn't you? What, are you going to quit?"
The Jays could gain some ground this weekend on the Yanks, who are 2 1/2 games in front of them. New York lost in heartbreaking fashion on Thursday, as Alex Avila drove a first-pitch slider off the right-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 win.
"I heard him hit the wall and I heard the ball hit the wall," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "The bottom line is it was a hit and we lost."
Still and all, the loss was just the second in the last eight games for the Yankees.
Now, they turn to veteran Chris Capuano, who is 0-2 with a 4.21 ERA with the Yankees. He faced the Blue Jays in his first start with New York on July 26, taking a no-decision after allowing two runs in six innings.
Capuano is 1-3 overall on the year with a 4.37 ERA.
New York is 7-5 against the Blue Jays this season.