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The Toronto Blue Jays got off to a good start this season thanks
to a strong rotation.
Following an ugly performance in their last game, the Blue Jays
will try to bounce back Thursday night when they close a four-game
set against the Chicago White Sox.
Toronto (6-3) entered the week having won five in a row and
coming off a three-game sweep of Baltimore. But the Blue Jays have
since dropped two of three to Chicago (4-5), which had lost 10
straight in Toronto coming in.
After Ricky Romero held the White Sox to one hit over eight
innings the night before, Brandon Morrow gave up seven runs
Wednesday in an 11-1 loss, leaving with no outs in the fifth after
Carlos Quentin’s grand slam.
Quentin finished with six RBIs while Andruw Jones homered for
the third time this series and had three hits.
Romero’s outstanding start came after Brian Tallet struggled
Monday, giving up six runs in six innings. The three have combined
for a 7.50 ERA in the series after the rotation had a 3.00 ERA over
the first six games.
The Blue Jays already announced one change to the pitching staff
before Wednesday’s game. Kevin Gregg is replacing Jason Frasor as
the team’s closer for now after Frasor blew the save in Monday’s
“I just had a talk with him, we’re just going to reverse the
roles a little bit until Frasor can get back to where we think he
should be,” manager Cito Gaston said.
Dana Eveland (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will try to get the Toronto back on
track when he takes the mound. Eveland came from Oakland in an
offseason trade, and had a strong debut against Baltimore on
Saturday, allowing five hits over 7 1/3 innings of a 3-0 win.
The left-hander has made one start against the White Sox,
allowing four runs in 4 2/3 innings of a 4-1 loss in 2008 while
with the Athletics.
He’ll look to cool off Chicago, which has won three of four
after a four-game losing streak in which it scored 10 runs. The
White Sox were hitting .186 through their first five games but have
boosted their season average to .227 after recording 15 hits
Jones has settled in following a rough start, going 6 for 14
with five RBIs in the series after starting 1 for 8 in his first
Chicago is looking to win its first series in Toronto since
taking two of three Aug. 4-6, 2006.
The White Sox will hand the ball to Freddy Garcia (0-1, 2.57),
who pitched seven innings against Minnesota on Saturday, allowing
two runs, three hits and five walks in the 2-1 loss.
The runs came after Garcia allowed a seventh-inning homer to
Jason Kubel, but manager Ozzie Guillen was pleased with how the
“A lot of people had doubts on Freddy, including myself on the
way he pitched in spring training,” Guillen said. “I think Freddy
Garcia proved everybody wrong.”
Garcia is 6-4 with a 5.50 ERA in 13 starts against the Blue
Jays, but he has not faced them since 2006.