Toronto Blue Jays
Friday, June 7, 7:07 PM EDT, Rogers Centre
3-4, 3.44 ERA........
1-2, 3.77 ERA
Tepesch is 1-3 with a 4.01 ERA in his last six starts. He allowed just one unearned run over 6 1/3 innings against the Royals on Saturday but the Rangers lost, 4-1. Tepesch is 2-2 with a 4.18 ERA on the road.
Rogers is set to make his second start of the season as the Blue Jays continue to patch together their rotation because of injuries. Rogers last started on May 29 vs. Atlanta, when he allowed just three hits over 3 1/3 scoreless frames.
Saturday, June 8, 1:07 PM EDT, Rogers Centre
7-2, 2.77 ERA.........
2-4, 5.42 ERA
Darvish has gone three starts without getting a victory despite a 2.18 ERA and holding opponents to a .203 batting average. He pitched seven scoreless innings against the Royals on Sunday and the Rangers ended up winning 3-1.
Buehrle will make this start on an extra day of rest following an outing against the Padres in which he allowed four runs (three earned) on 10 hits over six innings. He has pitched at least six innings in seven consecutive outings.
Sunday, June 9, 1:07 PM EDT, Rogers Centre
5-4, 5.13 ERA........
0-2, 5.40 ERA
Grimm had a three-game winning streak snapped in a 17-5 loss to the Blue Jays
on Tuesday. He allowed eight runs in 12/3 innings. Grimm said he was rushing to the plate, leaving his arm dragging behind and that was causing his pitches to stay up. (that can't be right lol MLB.com
Johnson made his return to the mound Tuesday following a prolonged absence with a right triceps injury. He was dominant against the Giants by allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out six over seven innings.
Blue Jays glad to return home, face Rangers
Texas rookie Tepesch to oppose Rogers, making second start of '13
The Rangers and Blue Jays will meet for the first time this season Friday to start a three-game series at Rogers Centre. The Rangers are three games into a stretch of 20 consecutive games, while the Blue Jays return home from their West Coast trip.
"It'll be good to get home," manager John Gibbons said. "It seems like we've been gone a couple of weeks. With an off-day [Thursday], it'll be big. The guys can use it, especially since we're coming off the West Coast."
It'll also be the first start for Nick Tepesch and Esmil Rogers at Rogers Centre.
Tepesch and Rogers have worked their way into the starting rotations due to injuries suffered by the Rangers' and Blue Jays' starters. Tepesch won the fifth spot in Texas' rotation in the spring with Colby Lewis on the disabled list. The rookie from Missouri is 3-4 with a 3.44 ERA in 10 starts.
Tepesch picked up a no-decision in his last start against the Royals on Saturday. He allowed an unearned run in 6 1/3 innings. Tepesch allowed seven hits and struck out two on 84 pitches.
Toronto's Rogers made his first start since 2011 on May 29 against the Braves due to the injuries to Josh Johnson and J.A. Happ and Ricky Romero's struggles on the mound. He didn't allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. Rogers gave up three hits and two walks, but struck out four on 62 pitches.
Along with his first start this season, Rogers has made 23 appearances out of the bullpen. He's 1-2 with a 3.77 ERA this year in 31 innings pitched.
Rogers will look to start a win streak for the Blue Jays, who lost four of their last five games before they defeated the Giants, 4-0, on Wednesday.
Tepesch will likely not have Adrian Beltre behind him at third base. Rangers manager Ron Washington does not plan to use the four-time Gold Glove third baseman in the field at Rogers Centre due to a mild left hamstring injury he suffered Saturday.
Jeff Baker will remain Beltre's backup, but utility infielder Leury Garcia is an option at the position. Baker committed an error Tuesday at third base filling in for Beltre.
"One thing about Leury is he can catch the ball," Washington said. "You hit it to him, he'll catch the ball ... and he will throw it. It may end up in the stands, but he'll throw it."
Beltre missed two games before he returned to the lineup Wednesday. He hit home runs in consecutive games in his return against the Red Sox to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
Blue Jays: Encarnacion returns to first
• Edwin Encarnacion will return to first base following five starts at third during Interleague Play. He made two errors at third base, giving him 114 in 669 games at the position.
He still went 10-for-30 at the plate on the team's seven-game road trip. He hit three home runs and collected four RBIs.
Rangers: McGuiness debuts at first
• Chris McGuiness will make his Major League debut at first base Friday. He was called up from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday with Mitch Moreland on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
Washington said McGuiness will play regularly at first base, but he will "pick and choose" which left-handed pitchers McGuiness will start against. It's uncertain whether the left-handed hitter will start against left-hander Mark Buehrle on Saturday.
"But this guy is a first baseman and we brought him up here to play. He's going to play," Washington said.
• The Rangers are one of three teams that has not lost more than three straight games this season.
• The Blue Jays are 9-11 in series openers. They lost their opener against the Giants on Tuesday, 2-1. Seven of their last 10 games have resulted in one-run decisions, and the Blue Jays have won one of those contests.