Blue Jays to start McGowan against Yankees

The Toronto Blue Jays made a pitching change before Friday's series opener against the New York Yankees.

Dustin McGowan will start in place of left-hander Brett Cecil, who was scratched after sustaining a cut on his left index finger.

The right-handed throwing McGowan will be opposed by New York's CC Sabathia.

McGowan (0-0) has compiled a 9.00 ERA in two appearances this season for Toronto after not pitching in the majors since July 2008 because of shoulder injuries.

Cecil is listed as day to day and expected to miss only one start because of the injury.

The Blue Jays also activated outfielder Colby Rasmus from the 15-day disabled list.

Rasmus landed on the DL after jamming his right wrist versus Kansas City on August 23. He is batting .216 with three home runs and 12 RBI since joining the Blue Jays in a trade with St. Louis.