For Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, there's no better place to bounce back from a tough Opening Day start than Toronto.
After beginning the season in less-than-ideal fashion, allowing six earned runs over six innings in a 6-2 loss to the Astros on April 1, Sabathia enters Sunday's contest with history on his side -- a 14-4 lifetime record against the Blue Jays.
What's more impressive is his 6-1 record and 2.62 ERA at Rogers Centre, making the start a golden opportunity to get back on track.
Sabathia said that he needs to be cautious about overextending himself in order to settle into a groove.
"I think it was just a matter of relaxing," Sabathia, 3-0 in Toronto as a member of the Yankees, said of his Opening Day woes. "I have to try to find a place in the middle where I can pitch good."
Opposing Sabathia will be 23-year-old righty Drew Hutchison, who missed the past year and a half after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He was impressive out of the gate in Grapefruit League action, and went on to claim one of two vacant rotation spots.
Hutchison is coming off a 5 1/3-innings win over the Rays in which he allowed three hits and three walks while striking out four.
"I just got into a rhythm. On nights like that, you keep grinding, and you find it," Hutchison said of his first victory since June 1, 2012. "[Catcher Dioner] Navarro did a good job in getting me there, and I was able to throw some good offspeed stuff. I threw some good sliders, too, when I was struggling to get the double-play ball and some other ones, so it was a good night."
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that Hutchison will continue to build confidence, and he expects to see his young pitcher improve as the season goes on.
"You feel good when he's on the mound," said Gibbons following his team's 4-0 win over the Yankees in the second game of the three-game series on Saturday afternoon. "He's got a chance to be a really good pitcher in this league. Every time he steps out there we're confident."
Hutchison won his only career start against the Yankees, back on May 17, 2012.
Blue Jays: Cabrera continues to produce
Melky Cabrera is starting to perform at a level the Blue Jays had always hoped for.
After undergoing surgery to remove a benign tumor from his spine during the offseason, Cabrera has kicked off the 2014 campaign with an offensive punch, reaching base safely in the first six games. He's also homered in the past two contests against the Yankees -- his second coming in the eighth inning on Saturday.
"He's always been able to hit, that's the bottom line," said Gibbons. "The thing is, now he's healthy. It was a mystery last year, as far his ability to move, but he's always been able to hit, from his Yankee days on. That's for sure."
Yankees: Teixeira goes on the disabled list
First baseman Mark Teixeira was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, one day after straining his right hamstring making a play on a foul ball.
"I wanted to break everything in this clubhouse last night when I came in here, but I respect the Blue Jays organization more than that," said a frustrated Teixeira, who was limited to 15 games last season because of injury. "It was really frustrating. I felt like I did everything this offseason and this spring to get my body in position to play all season. Sometimes things happen. It's part of sports."
Teixeira, who turns 34 later this month, felt the hamstring strain while chasing a foul ball in the second inning of New York's 4-2 victory on Friday. He will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the strain.
Teixeira strained the same hamstring in Game 4 of the 2010 American League Championship series.
To fill Teixeira's spot on the roster, the Yankees recalled catcher Austin Romine from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
• With his double in the eighth inning, Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus snapped an 0-for-14 skid. Ryan Goins snapped an 0-for-13 hitless streak with a double in the second inning.
• Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 on Saturday after going 3-for-4 on Friday. He's now reached safely in eight of his last 10 plate appearances.
• The Blue Jays' victory on Saturday afternoon was their second shutout of the season.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.