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TOR@TB: Happ tallies win with strong start vs. Rays

The Yankees have been waiting all season to have Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in the lineup together, but after Monday night, they're 0-1 with the duo on the field at the same time.

New York will look to earn its first win of the season with the healthy pair of former All-Stars on Tuesday against Toronto. The Yankees are 12-2 against the Blue Jays this season, but their 5-2 loss on Monday dropped them to 4 1/2 games back in the American League Wild Card race.

Jeter went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in his first game since coming off the disabled list.

"It's nice. Hopefully, we can keep him this time," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We haven't been so fortunate the last two times. He's played some rehab games, he's felt well. ... It's nice to have him back in the lineup."

Jeter has played just six games this season, spending time on the DL with a broken left ankle, a strained right quad and a strained right calf. Because of this Girardi will be monitoring Jeter's health closely.

"I'm just going to watch each day and make a decision ... depending on how he feels," Girardi said. "I know it's turf [at Rogers Centre], but it's not the turf of old. I think it's a little easier on your body."

Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ likely won't be glad to see Jeter. Jeter is 4-for-8 with two home runs against Happ, who will make his third start against the Yankees and his second in a row on Tuesday.

Happ struggled against New York on Thursday, walking five over 5 1/3 innings of four-run ball in a Blue Jays loss.

"I've been feeling good since coming back [after being struck in the head with a liner], but [today] I felt like I was executing pitches, then I started missing a little bit," Happ said after that start. "I would have liked to have stayed in there, but that's obviously not my call, either."

Yankees: Pettitte looks to continue recent success
Andy Pettitte will take the mound on Tuesday looking to outduel Happ for the second straight start.

Pettitte limited Toronto to just one run over six strong innings on Thursday, the third consecutive start in which he allowed one earned run or fewer.

"The job that Andy did was important. We needed it," Girardi said. "We needed to get at least six innings out of him, and he was able to do that. He pitched very well."

Blue Jays: Lawrie scorching after All-Star break
Brett Lawrie kept his recent hot streak alive on Monday, recording his 25th hit in his last 28 games with a single in the second inning. It marked the 16th consecutive game he has reached base.

Lawrie has improved his batting average .062 points since July 22, going from .199 to .261. He has four home runs and 18 RBIs over that stretch.

"He's locked in right now," manager John Gibbons said. "He's confident, and he's doing everything right."

Worth noting
• Rodriguez hit his 650th career home run on Monday.

• Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen saved his 12th game in his last 13 tries on Monday.

• Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner recorded his 500th career hit on Monday. Comments