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NYY@TOR: Kuroda strikes out seven over 7 1/3

The Blue Jays and Yankees will hit the repeat button on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

The venue will be different -- the first pitch in the Bronx is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET -- but it'll be the second consecutive start in which New York's Hiroki Kuroda and Toronto's Mark Buehrle face off against one another.

It was the Yankees right-hander who got the best of the Blue Jays in the last meeting, carrying a streak of 20 1/3 consecutive scoreless frames into the eighth inning of that game. Kuroda struck out a season-high seven as the Yankees went on to win, 5-3.

Since then, the Yanks have lost three of four, including a 3-0 loss in their finale with the Rays on Wednesday night. The Blue Jays have split their last four after earning a 6-5 win over the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon.

Toronto took two out of three in its last series against New York.

Buehrle's last outing was another solid one -- an improvement from the left-hander's two poor performances to begin the year. He has since thrown back-to-back quality starts, and he struck out a season-high seven in his no-decision against New York.

Buehrle will have to watch out for former Blue Jays slugger Vernon Wells, who hit a solo homer in the second inning of that game. For his career, Wells is hitting .489 against Buehrle, with two home runs in 47 at-bats.

"He's a guy who throws strikes, and I'm usually a guy who is swinging often, so I've gotten a few to fall in," Wells said. "We talk to each other back and forth. We are two old guys that have been around a long time and have had to face each other several times, so we have fun with it."

Blue Jays: Cecil impressing; Laffey returns
• Manager John Gibbons pointed to lefty reliever Brett Cecil as someone who has impressed him early on this year. After competing for a job during Spring Training, Cecil has surrendered two earned runs in 11 1/3 innings.

• Aaron Laffey rejoined the Blue Jays prior to their game on Wednesday, having been claimed off waivers from the Mets. Laffey appeared in 22 games for the Blue Jays last year before signing a Minor League deal with New York during the offseason.

Laffey has allowed eight earned runs in 10 innings this year.

Yankees: Victories at home
The Yankees are kicking off an 11-day, 10-game homestand against the Blue Jays, Astros and A's. New York is 5-4 at Yankee Stadium this year.

In terms of games, this matches the Yankees' longest homestand of the season. Nineteen of the club's first 32 games this season are in the Bronx.

The Yankees are 217-116 (.652) at the current Yankee Stadium -- the most home wins and the best winning percentage in the Majors since 2009. They were a Major League-best 51-30 (.630) at home last year.

Worth noting
• The Blue Jays are 3-6 against the American League East this season.

• Toronto will be wrapping up a seven-game road trip with its four games in New York. The club is 1-2 on the trip so far and 4-5 away from Toronto this season.

• Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind was placed on the paternity leave list on Wednesday.

• The Yankees notched just four hits -- all singles -- in Wednesday's loss. Comments