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Blue Jays' McGowan replaces Cecil as starter for opener against Yankees

The Toronto Blue Jays made a late pitching change on Friday ahead of their series opener against the New York Yankees.

Right-hander Dustin McGowan will start instead of lefty Brett Cecil, who has been listed as day to day after sustaining a cut on his left index finger while cleaning out a blender.

McGowan will pitch against Yankees ace CC Sabathia (19-8).

It will be McGowan’s third appearance this season and second start. He’s currently 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in his return to Toronto after not pitching in the majors since July 2008 due to two shoulder surgeries and a long minor-league rehab.

Cecil (4-9) has a 4.37 ERA in 18 starts with Toronto.