Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, May 29th
(All times eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (22-30) at Atlanta Braves (31-20) 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Esmil Rogers (1-2, 4.56)
Atlanta - Kris Medlen (1-5, 3.16)
(Sports Network) - After splitting a two-game set in Toronto, the Blue Jays
and Braves travel south to Turner Field to begin another two-game series in
Atlanta on Wednesday.
Brian McCann, playing as the designated hitter, homered twice for Atlanta in
Tuesday's 7-6 extra-innings victory. His solo shot in the 10th inning was the
difference-maker. In the sixth inning, he went back-to-back with rookie Evan
Gattis, who filled in admirably behind the dish through the season's first
five weeks while McCann was recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
Gattis leads the team with 32 RBI despite garnering only 20 plate appearances
over Atlanta's last 11 games. Still, he has remained productive, with five
home runs and 12 RBI in that span. With the series now shifting to a National
League ballpark, it will be interesting to see how manager Fredi Gonzalez
fills out his lineup card.
"We've got a good American League lineup," Gattis said. "We've got a lot of
Atlanta has won nine of 11 to open a 4 1/2-game lead over Washington in the NL
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are looking to stay afloat in the AL East as they
begin a seven-game road swing. They'll need continued production from right
fielder Jose Bautista, who has raised his batting average from .195 to .299
since May 1. He is hitting .382 (34-for-89) for the month of May.
Esmil Rogers will make his first start since 2011 on Wednesday. Rogers has
pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings over his last four appearances as a reliever for
Toronto, and that includes back-to-back three-inning outings.
"I wasn't looking for the opportunity, but they gave it to me," Rogers said,
adding that he'll need to use more than the three pitches he normally uses as
a reliever. "I'll take it, and I'll try to do my best.
"They surprised me a little bit, but I know after getting the opportunity the
last couple of games to throw three innings, I think they saw I can start, and
they gave me the opportunity to start now."
For Atlanta, Kris Medlen will try to end an eight-start winless streak. Medlen
has been tough to hit at home during his big league career, but he has not
gotten much support from his offense this season. The right-hander gave up
three runs over six innings in a road start against the Mets on Friday.
The Blue Jays have lost eight of nine in Atlanta.
05/29 10:31:32 ET