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BOS@TOR: Capuano strikes out the side in the 8th

Chris Capuano grew up in Springfield, Mass., as a Red Sox fan, even though his father, Frank, was a Yankees fan. The 35-year-old left-hander would have never dreamed that he would get to pitch for both teams in the same year.

Capuano, the Yankees' newly acquired arm, will make his first start for his new team on Saturday against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. His dad is ecstatic.

"If you had told me about 25 hours ago," Capuano said Friday, "I wouldn't have believed you."

The Yankees acquired Capuano from the Rockies in exchange for cash considerations. He made four starts in the Minors for Colorado since being signed as a free agent on July 4.

Capuano started the season pitching in the Red Sox bullpen, going 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA and struggling in his final month before being released.

"It was nice to hit a reset button," Capuano said. "I had a week where I threw some [bullpen sessions] and took a breath and then got back into that routine of starting again, and went back to the Minor Leagues, where everything is much simpler. You kind of get to know yourself again. It was a good experience."

The Yankees have won seven of their eight games since the All-Star break and moved ahead of the Blue Jays into second place in the American League East with Friday night's 6-4 victory -- yet another loss for Toronto at Yankee Stadium, where the Blue Jays have dropped 17 consecutive games.

"You always look at that short right-field wall," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Last year, I think we had a lead in almost every one of those games at one point, middle of the game. ... We had leads, they weren't big leads. ... You never feel comfortable here."

Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison is coming off arguably the worst start of his career. He tied a career high by allowing six earned runs and lasted just 2 2/3 innings against the Red Sox, the shortest non-injury outing of his career.

"I made a few mistakes that got hit like they should, and a couple of other pitches got hit," Hutchison said. "Just one of those things, it was a bad night. I put us in a terrible position and didn't really give us a chance to win, and in the process, made it real tough on our bullpen."

Blue Jays: Lind, Encarnacion could return this month
Gibbons hopes to get both Adam Lind (fractured right foot) and Edwin Encarnacion (strained right quad) back in the lineup before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Both players are currently working out at the team's Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla.

"That's being optimistic," Gibbons said about a return before August. "But there's a chance they could be."

Yankees: Teixeira optimistic about return
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira did a few exercises and some running on Friday as he tries to recover from a mild strain in his lower left lat that has kept him out of the lineup since Monday.

He has been receiving treatment all week, and while he hopes to return soon, has yet to swing a bat.

"Today was, I think, the best day," Teixeira said Friday. "I feel good with where I am, but now, since I've been shut down for so long, we have to kind of take it easy the next few days and hopefully progress to taking full swings here soon."

Worth noting
• The Yankees are 7-3 against the Blue Jays this season.

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