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.
• 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.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.