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Buehrle ends drought vs. Yanks with solid start

Lefty beats NY for first time since '04, second time in career by going 5 innings
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TORONTO -- Mark Buehrle's 12-decision losing streak to the Yankees mercifully came to an end on Wednesday night after he tossed five strong innings in a 5-1 victory over New York.

Prior to Wednesday's series finale, Buehrle had not defeated the Yankees since April 10, 2004. His 1-14 career record against New York equated to a .067 winning percentage, which was the lowest by any active pitcher with at least 10 decisions against a club.

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TORONTO -- Mark Buehrle's 12-decision losing streak to the Yankees mercifully came to an end on Wednesday night after he tossed five strong innings in a 5-1 victory over New York.

Prior to Wednesday's series finale, Buehrle had not defeated the Yankees since April 10, 2004. His 1-14 career record against New York equated to a .067 winning percentage, which was the lowest by any active pitcher with at least 10 decisions against a club.

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The career numbers still don't look pretty against the Yankees, but at least the prolonged skid came to an end after Buehrle allowed one run on six hits and one walk over five innings.

"I think over my career I've had good games where I've thrown pretty well against them and things haven't panned out," said Buehrle, who improved to 4-2 on the season.

"I think for the most part, I haven't pitched too good against them, but there have been some games where I feel like I should have more than one win. But that's the way it pans out. I got into some jams tonight and had to pitch out of them. We'll take it."

Video: NYY@TOR: Gibbons on Buehrle's performance in win

Buehrle entered Wednesday's outing having allowed 13 runs on 24 hits over his previous two starts. The recent struggles, combined with a drop in velocity, prompted some speculation about his health, and a recent report on TSN.ca suggested the 16-year veteran was pitching through pain.

The report did not suggest Buehrle was headed to the disabled list, but the fallout on local sports radio stations and on social media twisted some of the words to make it sound as though he would. The recent talk prompted a rather terse response from Buehrle when he was asked after the win over New York about the current state of his health.

"I've heard I'm going on the DL, back's hurting, doing everything I can do," Buehrle said. "One thing is right -- I had been pitching in pain and everything for about 10 years now, so that reporting is a little bit late. And I do everything I can between starts to get out there and get ready for my next one.

"I think it's ridiculous that somebody is going to somebody else instead of coming to me. Same thing about retiring next year, I haven't made a decision yet."

Buehrle gave up some hard contact against the Yankees, but for the most part looked a lot closer to the type of pitcher he has been over the past two years in Toronto. His lone blemish came in the first inning when Alex Rodriguez doubled to put runners on second and third before Mark Teixeira collected an RBI groundout.

Video: NYY@TOR: Buehrle induces groundout to end the threat

The 36-year-old also pitched out of bases-loaded situation in the fifth, and with an off-day coming Thursday, combined with a bullpen that needed some work, manager John Gibbons decided that was enough work for Buehrle. He lobbied to stay in but was understanding of the move after the game.

"I felt good, I wish I could have went a little bit longer, but Gibby made the decision to pull me out," Buehrle said. "I've had struggles against these guys. I think it's well-documented that I haven't thrown well. I wanted to go back out, tried to argue with him a little bit and he said, 'No.'"

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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