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American League Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, May 25th (All times Eastern)
Oakland Athletics (30-19) at Toronto Blue Jays (28-22), 1:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Drew Pomeranz (4-1, 0.94) Toronto - J.A. Happ (3-1, 4.37)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The red-hot Toronto Blue Jays will try for a sweep of the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon as the three-game set comes to a close at Rogers Centre.
Toronto claimed its fifth straight win and its 10th in the past 12 games on Saturday, as it used a strong pitching performance to claim a 5-2 victory.
R.A. Dickey (5-4) lasted 8 1/3 innings, allowing just five hits, a walk and two earned runs while striking out four. The former Cy Young Award winner has won three of his last four starts and has allowed three runs or fewer in seven straight.
"He was dealing," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He was very strong. He was very efficient."
Brett Cecil recorded the final two outs for his third save.
The Blue Jays surged ahead with a three-run fifth inning after Brett Lawrie belted a solo home run, his eighth, and Oakland's Brandon Moss committed a costly two-run error.
Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera and Adam Lind all went 2-for-4, with Cabrera collecting two RBI and Reyes scoring a pair of run.
Jesse Chavez (4-2) fell on the losing end of things for Oakland, tossing 5 1/3 innings and allowing eight hits and four runs (two earned).
Yoenis Cespedes was 3-for-4 and connected on his eighth homer of the season.
Drew Pomeranz will get the call for Oakland on Sunday. After pitching well out of bullpen in his first nine appearances this season, Pomeranz has been a boost to the rotation in recent weeks with wins in all three starts, throwing five scoreless innings each time out.
"My three starts have been a great team effort," said Pomeranz, who's ERA sits at a microscopic 0.94. "We scored a lot of runs and the bullpen shut them down."
Pomeranz has pitched seven scoreless innings during day games this season with seven strikeouts.
Toronto will go with J.A. Happ, who joined the rotation earlier this month and is 3-1 with a 4.37 ERA.
Happ wasn't very sharp in his latest outing on May 20, giving up seven hits and four earned runs over five innings of work, but it was good enough to earn the win over the Red Sox.
The southpaw hasn't fared well at Rogers Centre this season, posting a 4.91 ERA while allowing 15 hits and five walks in 11 innings.
This is the latest in the season the Jays have sat atop the AL East standings since July of 2000.
05/25 10:21:39 ET
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