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08/23/10 6:26 PM ET

Starters aim to step up for Jays, Yankees

At the start of the season, a matchup between Dustin Moseley and Marc Rzepczynski seemed a bit far-fetched, since both were in the Minor Leagues. It was even unlikely a few weeks ago when each was a member of their teams' bullpens.

But on Tuesday night, Moseley and Rzepczynski will face off in the middle game of an already tense series between the Yankees and Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Monday's opener included a pair of ejections, the issuing of warnings and a clearing of benches before Toronto came away with a 3-2 win.

Moseley will make his sixth start for the Yankees, and if pattern holds, that's a bad sign for New York. The right-hander has alternated wins and losses in his first five, including a 9-5 victory over the Tigers last Wednesday. Moseley allowed four runs in five innings, including a trio of Detroit homers.

"I thought tonight -- and the last start, too -- I just made a couple mental mistakes, not paying attention to situations, hitters and counts," Moseley said. "I'm maybe attacking the zone too much when I'm ahead in the count. I'm kicking myself, but I'm happy the boys picked me up."

Rzepczynski hopes to return to the form he showed off two starts ago, when he two-hit the Angels over seven innings. In his last start against Oakland, the left-hander allowed three runs on five hits and five walks in just 4 1/3 innings.

Overall, Rzepczynski is 1-1 with a 4.98 ERA in four starts this season.

"Today my sinker was either running or sinking straight down, I had no idea where it was going," Rzepczynski said of his no-decision vs. the Athletics. "Especially that first inning when I was throwing them, it's just they were either down or away. When you walk the first three guys, usually it's not going to be a very good outing and today for me, it wasn't."

Yankees: Lineup missed notable regulars
Monday night marked the first time all season the Yankees played without both Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in the starting lineup. Rodriguez is on the disabled list with a strained left calf while Jeter was simply receiving a routine day off. The Yankees only played twice without those two stars in 2009, both in the final week of the season. Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena manned the left side of the infield for New York.

Jeter did pinch-hit for Nunez with two outs in the ninth on Monday, fouling out to first to end the game.

Blue Jays: Bautista turns it on
Jose Bautista's magical season continued on Monday, with the right fielder clubbing a pair of home runs to become the Majors' first player with 40 home runs. Bautista's eighth-inning blast off reliever David Robertson was the game-winner. He is the first Blue Jay to hit 40 homers since Carlos Delgado in 2003, and he's now within seven of George Bell's team record of 47, set during Bell's MVP season in 1987. Bautista's previous career high was 16 home runs in '06, and he had just 43 home runs from '07-09.

Monday marked Bautista's sixth multihomer game of 2010, and he is nine clear of his closest pursuers in the American League, with Paul Konerko and Miguel Cabrera sitting on 31 home runs.

Worth noting
Brett Gardner picked up his 10th outfield assist of the season when he threw out Fred Lewis at home in the first inning. ... Bautista's homer snapped Robertson's streak of 19 scoreless appearances, dating back to July 2, when the reliever allowed four runs to the Blue Jays in New York. Robertson had not served up a home run since May 5, when he allowed homers to Matt Wieters and Nolan Reimold of the Orioles. ... The Blue Jays and Yankees have split their first 10 games this season, with three going to extra innings and three others decided by two or fewer runs.

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