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CC Sabathia is mired in the longest winless stretch of his career, but that pales in comparison to Mark Buehrle's lifetime struggles against the New York Yankees.

Sabathia looks for his first victory in nine starts Wednesday night when he takes on the Toronto Blue Jays and Buehrle, who has one win in his career against New York - and it came 11 years ago.

Sabathia is 0-4 with a 5.40 ERA in five outings after having his 2014 season end in May due to right knee surgery. The left-hander went 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA in his final three starts a year ago.

As for Buehrle, he's 1-14 with a 6.21 ERA in 21 starts against the Yankees and 0-12 with a 7.27 ERA in 17 since beating them in April 2004 with the Chicago White Sox.

That 1-14 record is the worst by any active pitcher against any opponent with a minimum of 10 decisions, and since 1914 it's the fourth-worst against the Yankees with a minimum of 10 decisions.

Sabathia has actually pitched pretty well in three starts on the road, posting a 3.43 ERA after allowing two runs over six innings of a 3-2 win over Boston on Friday. He's got a 9.28 ERA in two outings at Yankee Stadium.

Sabathia is 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA in five starts in Toronto since joining the Yankees (17-10) in 2009. For his career, he's 7-1 with a 2.95 ERA in nine outings there and 15-5 with a 3.25 ERA in 21 overall matchups.

Buehrle (3-2, 6.75) is probably looking forward to pitching at home following a pair of rough road outings. The left-hander lost both of those starts by allowing 13 runs and 24 hits over 10 innings.

''His location's off, he's getting too much of the plate and that's not him,'' manager John Gibbons said ''When he does that he's going to get hit.''

Buehrle has won both of his starts at home despite a 4.50 ERA, getting 11 runs of support in each. He ranks last in the majors with a 1.93 WHIP.

''I've had bad games before, I've had bad stretches,'' he said. ''All you can do is keep battling and go out there for your next start.''

Buehrle has had trouble against Stephen Drew (8 for 19), Brian McCann (11 for 27) and Brett Gardner (12 for 32). They've all homered off him and Carlos Beltran has gone deep four times, but he's hitting .211 (12 for 57) in their matchups.

Jose Bautista is expected to return to the starting lineup for Toronto (13-15) after being rested Tuesday before walking as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of a 6-3 loss. He's 3 for 29 with 10 strikeouts against Sabathia.

Mark Teixeira hit his 10th home run and 373rd of his career Tuesday to tie Beltran for fourth all-time among switch hitters, and Jacoby Ellsbury remained hot with a 3-for-5 night.

Ellsbury is batting .514 with seven stolen bases during an eight-game hitting streak for New York, which has won 10 of 12 on the road and 14 of 18 overall.

"It's hard to imagine to be any hotter than he is, he's been amazing at the top of the order," manager Joe Girardi said.

Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run double to pass Willie Mays and move into a tie with Ken Griffey Jr. for 43rd on the all-time list with 524. Rodriguez remains tied with Mays for fourth all-time with 660 homers.

Russell Martin homered for Toronto in the ninth, giving him three in a four-game stretch in which he's 9 for 15.

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