Toronto (11-9) at New York (11-9)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Fri Apr 28, 2006
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Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay has had the New York Yankees’ number in recent years.

He looks to continue that success on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

Halladay (2-1, 3.60 ERA) is 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA in his last six outings against New York. During that span, he’s shown impeccable control against the patient Yankees with only three walks in 45 innings while limiting them to a .189 batting average.

Many of the Yankees have decent career averages against Halladay, with Jason Giambi hitting .333, Derek Jeter .289 and Alex Rodriguez at .281. However, the bulk of those numbers came early in Halladay’s career before his 2003 Cy Young season.

Since the start of the 2003 season, Giambi is 5-for-23, Jeter is 3-for-14 and Rodriguez 2-for-11 against him.

Halladay is making his first road start of the season. He surrendered one run and six hits over five innings to earn his second victory on Saturday, 8-1 over Boston.

Toronto (11-9) completed a 5-3 homestand with a 7-5 loss to Baltimore on Thursday. Starter Casey Janssen lasted only four innings in his major league debut, giving up three runs and three hits for the loss.

Vernon Wells has hit safely in seven straight games, batting .419 (13-for-31) with 11 RBIs. He’s had at least one hit in 19 of 20 games this season.

New York (11-9) improved to 7-2 at home with a 4-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday. Slumping Hideki Matsui hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the third inning to support Shawn Chacon’s 6 1-3 effective innings.

It was the only hit in four at-bats for Matsui, who is batting .163 (7-for-43) over the last 11 games.

“My condition I don’t think is bad. I think it’s pretty good,” he said through an interpreter. “The results don’t show that, obviously.”

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera threw 38 pitches Wednesday and took the loss in a 4-2 defeat to Tampa Bay, but came back the next night to notch his third save by needing only seven pitches to get the final three outs.

“I was ready,” Rivera said. “It didn’t matter how many pitches I threw yesterday.”

Rivera, who worked on back-to-back nights for the first time this season, pitched in three straight games on six occasions in 2005.

Jeter went 3-for-3 to raise his average to .408. He is 13-for-22 over his last six games.

Jaret Wright (0-1, 7.20) makes his first start since April 15 for New York. Wright hasn’t pitched since because the Yankees haven’t needed a fifth starter.

“You feel like it’s been so long since you’ve been in a game, you tend to try to do too much,” Wright said. “I have to try to relax a little more, give myself some time to see what I have that day to get people out.”

Wright lasted just three innings, giving up four runs and eight hits, and did not receive a decision in a 6-5 loss at Minnesota in that outing on April 15, his only start of the season.

The veteran right-hander is 1-4 with a 9.49 ERA in eight career starts against the Blue Jays.

“We’ll see what we see,” New York manager Joe Torre said. “I know he’s been pleased with the quality of his stuff, but until you get out there on a regular basis, it’s going to be tough to refine what he does.”

This is the second series of the year between the clubs, which split two games in Toronto last week.

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R. Halladay Tor vs. J. Wright Pit
16-5 Record 11-7
3.19 ERA 4.49
132 K 84
34 BB 57
1.10 WHIP 1.52