American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 9th
(All times Eastern)
Houston Astros (3-5) at Toronto Blue Jays (4-4), 7:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Lucas Harrell (0-1, 15.00)
Toronto - Brandon Morrow (0-1, 7.20)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Melky Cabrera tries to continue his torrid start to the
season on Wednesday when the Toronto Blue Jays resume a three-game set with
the Houston Astros at Rogers Centre.
Cabrera homered for the fourth straight game in Tuesday's opener and Toronto
rolled, 5-2. Dioner Navarro went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI and
Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-1 with three walks and two runs scored for the
Blue Jays, who evened their record at 4-4.
Toronto starter Mark Buehrle (2-0), who punched out 11 batters in his season
debut against Tampa Bay, tossed 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday, allowing eight hits
and one run with three strikeouts and a walk.
"I'm not striking out 11, I'm not going to strikeout 11 guys in my next five
starts combined," said Buehrle. "I need my defense behind me."
Brett Oberholtzer (0-2) absorbed the loss for the Astros and surrendered three
runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 5 1/3 frames.
"I thought he did a good job keeping us in the ball game," said Astros manager
Bo Porter on Oberholtzer. "Those last two walks in the sixth really hurt us.
We had our opportunities. We had men on base with less than two outs. When you
get in those situations you have to capitalize."
Cabrera managed just three home runs all of last season, a year that saw him
miss time with leg injuries before having a benign tumor removed from his
spine Aug. 30.
With another home run on Wednesday Cruz would become the first Blue Jay to
homer in five straight games since Jose Cruz Jr. went deep in six in a row
Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2001.
"I feel 100 percent now and I'm ready to go. It's good. I don't have any pain
now," said Cabrera.
Hoping to slow him down will be righty Lucas Harrell, who picked up right
where he left off last season in his initial start of the season. Harrell lost
a league-high 17 games a year ago and started his 2014 campaign off with a
loss on Friday to Los Angeles, as the Angels battered him for five runs and
seven hits in just three innings.
"It's over with and on to the next start," Harrell said. "I'll get better for
my next start."
Toronto, meanwhile, will counter with right-hander Brandon Morrow, who lost to
Tampa Bay his first time out. Morrow surrendered four runs and seven hits in
five innings of that one.
"It was just one of those things where you think you threw better than the end
results," Morrow said.
Toronto was 4-3 against the Astros last season.
04/09 10:36:06 ET