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SEA@TOR: Morrow strikes out eight over eight strong

With it being nearly two weeks since he last took the hill, Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow is ready to make his eighth start of the season on Saturday against the Yankees in the Bronx.

Scratched twice because of soreness in his upper back and neck, Morrow and the team now feel he is healthy enough to make the start.

"We'll be cautious, it has been a little while since he has thrown, but if it's easy for him, we'll just let him run with it," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "It has been a while since he has been out there."

On a hot streak as of late, Toronto has won four of its last five games and is at the beginning of a 10-game stretch in which it not only plays the Yankees, but the Orioles and Rays. The Blue Jays lost, 5-0, to New York on Friday.

"You have to play well in your division, and to this point, we really haven't done that, especially against this team, the Yanks," Gibbons said. "We have a little stretch here against those three teams [against whom] we have to play well. You can't fall too far back."

Yankees right-hander David Phelps will make his fourth start of the season after bouncing from the bullpen to the rotation earlier this month.

Phelps was on the wrong end of a 1-0 loss to the Indians on Monday, allowing just one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings of work.

"Early on, I didn't really have fastball command at all, and it showed," Phelps said after the game. "It was a battle out there. ... They made me work."

In two career starts against the Blue Jays, Phelps has allowed five earned runs on eight hits in 13 innings pitched for two no-decisions and a 3.46 ERA.

Blue Jays: Reyes progressing in rehab
Jose Reyes rejoined the Blue Jays in New York on Friday as he continues to rehab a severe right ankle sprain.

The shortstop has been out of action since spraining the ankle while stealing second base on April 12 in Kansas City. He's now had a walking boot removed and has slowly begun regaining strength in the area.

Reyes went onto the field prior to Friday night's game at Yankee Stadium and took part in stretching while also playing catch. He's already resumed hitting off a tee and expects to start jogging by the end of next week.

"It's frustrating because I want to be on the field helping my ballclub win a lot of ballgames," said Reyes, who will accompany the team back to Toronto on Sunday. "Injuries happen, that's part of the game. I've been working the last five weeks very hard to come back as soon as possible."

Yankees: Pettitte lands on DL
New York placed left-hander Andy Pettitte on the 15-day disabled list before Friday's game against the Blue Jays with a strained left trapezius muscle, recalling left-hander Vidal Nuno to replace Pettitte in the rotation.

Pettitte, 40, left his start against the Mariners on Thursday because of the strained muscle, which is just below the neck.

When Nuno will start is still undecided. He was due to pitch Saturday with the Yankees' Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre affiliate.

General manager Brian Cashman said he expects Pettitte to resume his season immediately after his 15-day assignment ends.

Worth noting
• The Blue Jays have scored 33 runs on 45 hits in their last four games and have outscored the opposition 11-2 in the first inning of their last three games.

• The Yankees have won eight straight home games against the Blue Jays and 19 of their last 22.

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