Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, June 23rd
(All times Eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (36-34) at Miami Marlins (33-37), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Brett Cecil (1-0, 3.60)
Miami - Josh Johnson (4-5, 4.18)
(Sports Network) - Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista resumed his offensive
onslaught Friday and seems destined for a third straight year topping the
American League in home runs.
Bautista homered and knocked in three runs in a 12-5 win last night against
Miami, when the Blue Jays snapped an eight-game skid against the Marlins. He's
reached base safely in 21 straight and in 26 of his last 27 games dating back
to May 22. Additionally, Bautista's 23 home runs are tied for most in the AL
with Adam Dunn of the White Sox.
The Blue Jays continue the three-game series this afternoon facing a pitcher
that's dominated interleague play.
In his last 10 interleague starts, dating back to May 24, 2009 against Tampa
Bay, Miami's Josh Johnson is 6-1 with a 2.06 ERA. He has not allowed more than
three earned runs in any start, while holding opponents to one-or-fewer earned
runs in six outings.
Johnson will try to bounce back from a loss, though, as the righty gave up
eight hits and a pair of runs over six innings of a 3-0 road defeat to the
Rays on Sunday. He's 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in a pair of career starts against
Brett Cecil, who is taking the place of an injured Brandon Morrow in the
rotation, makes his second start of 2012. His initial appearance came last
Sunday in a 6-2 win over the Phillies. In that game, the southpaw tossed
five solid innings. He gave up solo home runs to Jim Thome and John Mayberry
Jr. among five hits, walked one and struck out five to pick up his first win
in the big leagues since July 29, 2011.
Cecil had gone 0-7 with a 5.16 ERA in his final 10 starts for the Blue Jays
Last night, Kelly Johnson knocked in three and J.P. Arencibia added two RBI
for the Blue Jays, who rebounded from a series loss at Milwaukee to win for
the fifth time in seven games overall.
Brett Lawrie finished 3-for-5 with a triple and a career-best four runs scored
to back Ricky Romero (8-1), who allowed seven hits and four runs over seven
Omar Infante launched a two-run blast, while Giancarlo Stanton and Gaby
Sanchez also went deep for the Marlins, who slid to their 14th loss in 16
games and continued their descent towards the NL East basement.
Anibal Sanchez (3-6) was rocked for seven hits and six runs, walking four,
over 3 1/3 frames.
"When you throw pitches up in the zone they're going to do some damage,"
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "This ball club came out swinging. A lot
of walks early. When you have that many walks, that's the kind of result,
you're going to get beat big time."
Toronto improved to 5-17 all-time against the Marlins.
06/23 10:26:42 ET