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TOR@BAL: Hutchison leaves O's scoreless over six

Two sides of Drew Hutchison have emerged throughout the young right-hander's 14 starts this season: one struggles at home, and the other dominates on the road.

The Blue Jays hope the 23-year-old continues to rule on the road as he looks to extend his five-game unbeaten streak away from Rogers Centre when he faces the Yankees on Thursday.

Hutchison is 4-1 with a 1.71 ERA on the road this season, tossing 60 2/3 innings and allowing 12 earned runs and three homers in nine starts. At home, he's 1-3 with an 8.72 ERA in 21 2/3 innings, with 21 earned runs and seven homers allowed.

His June starts have been representative of those home-away trends. He was lights-out over seven scoreless innings against the Tigers in Detroit on June 3, only to return home on June 8 to deliver his shortest outing of the season (three innings) in a 5-0 loss to the Cardinals.

But in Baltimore on Friday, Hutchison tossed seven dominant innings and allowed six hits as the Blue Jays downed the host Orioles, 4-0.

Hutchison is 0-1 against the Yankees this season after taking a 6-4 loss on April 6 in Toronto. That was Hutchison's second-shortest start, as he registered 3 1/3 innings while allowing six runs on six hits with three walks.

Opposing Hutchison on Thursday will be David Phelps, who's making his ninth start for the Yankees. Phelps is 2-4 with a 4.32 ERA, and he's coming off a win against Oakland in which the right-hander worked 6 2/3 innings, allowing no runs and two hits with four strikeouts. He broke a four-game losing skid with that win.

"Just trying to be consistent on mechanics and all my pitches is the biggest thing for me," said Phelps.

Blue Jays: Lind's foot improving
Blue Jays designated hitter Adam Lind was moving around the clubhouse with more ease on Wednesday afternoon, but he remains day to day with a sore right foot as a result of getting hit by a pitch last Saturday.

The 30-year-old was still walking with a slight limp Wednesday afternoon, but it wasn't nearly as pronounced as the day before. He also went through some light hitting drills and appears to be nearing a return.

The odds of Lind playing in the series finale vs. the Yankees on Thursday appear slim, but after that, the Blue Jays won't really need him for at least a few more days. Toronto will open an Interleague series on Friday night in Cincinnati, and Edwin Encarnacion is expected to get all of the work at first base.

Yankees: Warren gunning for rotation spot
Yankees reliever Adam Warren's name continues to emerge as a candidate to join the starting rotation, now that Shawn Kelley is back in the bullpen.

Warren has yet to make a start this season, but he is 1-3 with a 2.08 ERA, with 39 strikeouts in 39 innings as the Yankees' long reliever.

Manager Joe Girardi estimated Warren could give the Yankees approximately 45-50 pitches at a maximum, however Warren would not necessarily need to be sent down to the Minors in order to raise his pitch count. The Yankees stretched Joba Chamberlain's pitch count to a starter's level a couple of years ago in a similar situation.

"You do it slow, almost like building up in Spring Training," Girardi said.

Worth noting
• Prior to Wednesday's contest, the Toronto Blue Jays returned Colby Rasmus from a medical rehab assignment (right hamstring) and reinstated him from the 15-day DL.To make room on the roster, Anthony Gose was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. Rasmus singled home a run in Toronto's 7-3 loss to New York.

• Since 1988, when pitch counts began to be recorded, there have been 12 different occasions in which a Blue Jay hit the first pitch of the game for a home run. Jose Reyes did it in the series opener against the Yankees on Wednesday. Comments