It has been well documented that the Yankees' rotation has been decimated by injuries. The placement of each new pitcher on the disabled list seemingly offered another blow to the team's chances of making the postseason.
But with all of the health woes, the rotation has not been an issue; it's actually been the Yankees' strength of late. New York's starters have posted a 2.12 ERA in the club's last 12 games and allowed more than two earned runs in a game only twice.
Hiroki Kuroda, the Yankees' de facto ace at this point, will try to continue the trend when the team begins a three-game series against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on Friday. The two teams are tied for second place in the American League East, 2 1/2 games behind the Orioles.
New York has won six of its seven games since the All-Star break and is now back to .500 at home (24-24). The Yankees will play an AL-high 33 home games the rest of the season.
"We need to take advantage of that," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Yankee Stadium has been a house of horrors recently for the Blue Jays, who have lost 16 straight games in New York and were swept there earlier this season.
"They stuck it to us pretty good all three games," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after the sweep. "They played good."
Blue Jays: Buehrle searching for elusive 11th win
Left-hander Mark Buehrle raced out to a 10-1 start in his first 12 outings this season, but he's winless since notching his 10th victory on June 1.
Buehrle will be searching for win No. 11 when he takes the mound opposite Kuroda on Friday. The veteran lefty is 10-6 with a 2.86 ERA.
"Too bad he hasn't had a win in so long," Gibbons said, "because he's pitched well enough to have a few more under his belt."
Yankees: Decision on Teixeira imminent
Since receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection on Monday, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has been resting on the bench, hoping to heal quickly.
Teixeira was diagnosed with a mild strain of his lower left lat after Sunday's win over the Reds, and the team wanted to wait three to four days to see how he responded. Girardi said the Yankees will likely make a roster decision regarding Teixeira on Friday.
"It's just seeing how he feels after three or four days," Girardi said. "Then we'll decide if we think it's going to be the near future that he would play or if we're going to need the 15-day [disabled list]. If it's going to be 12, 13, 14 days, it probably makes sense to get a player here."
• The Yankees have won six of their nine games against the Blue Jays this year. The two teams will play 19 times in 2014.
• Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is 11-for-23 (.478) with three doubles, two triples and a home run against Kuroda in his career.
Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.