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Yankees Vs. Blue Jays: Jose Bautista Leads Jays Into Town

The New York Yankees move on from the Subway Series Monday night be returning to the trenches of the American League East. They open a three-game series at Yankee Stadium against the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:05 p.m.

The Yankees lead the division with a 25-20 record, percentage points ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Blue Jays are 23-23, 2.5 games behind. Toronto is led by Jose Bautista with his major-league leading 18 home-runs and his .353 batting average.

Bartolo Colon (2-2, 3.16 ERA) will pitch Monday night for the Yankees. Carlos Villanueva (1-0, 1.48) makes his first start after 13 relief appearances.

After the series with Toronto the Yankees head West for a nine-game trip during which they will face the Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.


AL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
New York 25 20 .555 0 Won 2
Tampa Bay 26 21 .553 0 Won 1
Boston 25 21 .543 0.5 Won 1
Toronto 23 23 .500 2.5 Lost 1
Baltimore 21 24 .466 4 Won 2

(updated 5.23.2011 at 2:40 PM EDT)