Blue Jays face Yankees for most hyped series in years

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Aug 4, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Minnesota Twins in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays have their fan base ready to burst at the seams. It’s been years since the excitement around this ball club has even been close to what it is right now, and it’s all about to culminate on one of baseball’s greatest stages: Yankee Stadium.

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After sweeping the Minnesota Twins with four fantastic performances, the Blue Jays now set their sights on toppling the AL East-leading Yankees. R.A. Dickey and David Price will lead off the series for Toronto, both of whom have been pitching at an elite level in their recent starts. Marco Estrada will take the ball in the Sunday matinee, so as long as the Jays’ potent offense makes the trip to New York, they’ll be in a premium spot to take two of three.

The Jays will have 10 games remaining against the Yankees following this series, including a rematch next weekend at the Rogers Centre. After both teams recorded wins last night, Toronto remains 4.5 games back of the Yankees. I’d normally say that all the Jays need to do is chip away, but watching this team recently, why not try to break off a chunk?

There is a special buzz around this ball club right now. General manager Alex Anthopoulos went out at the trade deadline and made blockbusters that are usually reserved for the New York Yankees’ of the world. Now, the Jays are knocking on the door. Ready to kick it in.

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