The Toronto Blue Jays are coming off of their longest game in team history; they beat the Texas Rangers in 18 inning to give them their third straight win. They’ll look for their first three-game sweep this afternoon as Josh Johnson will take the mound against Rangers rookie pitcher Justin Grimm in an afternoon affair at the Rogers Centre.
The Blue Jays will look to Johnson to give them a long, strong outing as they went through nine pitchers in the afternoon marathon yesterday. Johnson is coming off his first start since he spend nearly six weeks on the DL; he pitched very well in his return, going seven strong innings but eventually losing 2-1 to the San Francisco Giants. He’ll attempt to continue his strong play today, looking for his first win as a Blue Jay.
Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion look to get back on track after a rough outing in the 18-inning game yesterday, as they will both start today for the Blue Jays. Josh Thole will make his first start behind the plate today, as he is replacing Henry Blanco in the Jays lineup for the time being.
A huge bright spot for the Jays has been Adam Lind, who is now batting .340 and looks to continue the success he had yesterday against the Rangers in today’s game.
In other news, the Blue Jays have recalled Thad Weber and announced that Darren Oliver will rejoin the team in Chicago tomorrow.
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