Blue Jays' ace David Price faces Yankees' rookie Luis Severino

Sep 11, 2015 8:56 AM

Take 917 TORONTO BLUE JAYS -143 over New York Yankees. (10 AM PT)

After a Thursday rainout, the Yankees and Blue Jays begin their four-game showdown series at Yankee Stadium in New York where Toronto ace David Price (-115) will face rookie Luis Severino (+105). The Blue Jays (79-60) lost two of three in Boston this week still own a 1½-game lead over the Yankees (77-61), who dropped the final two games of their series against Baltimore.

Price (14-5, 2.43 ERA) has turned in seven quality starts for Toronto since he was acquired from Detroit at the trade deadline going 5-1 with a 1.88 ERA. The veteran lefthander is 1-1 this season with the loss coming in April while a member of the Tigers. The former Vanderbilt standout dominated New York in August in his second start with the Blue Jays, but has permitted at least 10 hits in three of his last four outings against the Yankees, who are 4-8 against Toronto this season

Severino (3-2, 2.04 ERA) is living up to the hype as the Yankees' No. 1 pitching prospect. He’s won three straight dating back to a 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Aug. 31. Severino will need to cool off corner infielders Josh Donaldson and Chris Colabello who are a combined 15 for 27 in their last four games.

The Yankees took two of three in Toronto on Aug. 14-16, but the Blue Jays won seven of the first nine games in the season series. Toronto has taken 5 of 6 in New York this season.

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