Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 10th
(All times eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (30-29) at Atlanta Braves (34-25), 1:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Ricky Romero (7-1, 4.02)
Atlanta - Julio Teheran (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - Sporting the longest winning streak in the majors entering
play on Sunday, the Atlanta Braves try to complete the three-game sweep of the
Toronto Blue Jays in interleague action at Turner Field.
Since suffering through a stretch where they lost nine of 11 contests, the
Braves have reversed their fortunes by piling up six consecutive victories and
that has the team just one game out of first place in the National League
East, trailing only Washington.
On Saturday, Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson picked up his seventh win of the
campaign as he gave up just two runs on five hits in eight innings of work.
"I threw well, there were a ton of good plays and it was a total team effort.
That's got to be one of my favorite games I've ever played in," noted Hanson.
Stepping in to pitch a perfect ninth was Craig Kimbrel, who registered his
18th save of the season in the process.
Dan Uggla belted a three-run home run for the hosts, while Michael Bourn upped
his batting average to .317 thanks to a trio of hits for the Braves. Andrelton
Simmons connected on a solo home run as well, his first of the year.
On Sunday, the Braves activated third baseman Chipper Jones from the 15-day
disabled list. Jones hadn't appeared in a game since May 23 due to a leg
injury. The veteran heads into today's action hitting .307 with five homers
and 24 RBI in 29 games this season. To make room for Jones, the Braves
optioned outfielder Jose Constanza to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Drew Hutchison was tabbed with the loss, his fifth of the season for the
visiting Jays. The starter worked his way through 6 1/3 innings, permitting
five runs on seven hits, while fanning seven.
Jose Bautista supplied the offense for Toronto, delivering a two-out, two-run
home run in the sixth inning to keep the Jays close. For Bautista it was his
17th long ball of the campaign.
Shooting for his eighth win of the season in nine decisions this afternoon is
Jays left-hander Ricky Romero. A first-round pick of Toronto back in 2005, the
sixth selection overall, Romero has won his last three decisions.
On Tuesday the California native made it through seven innings against the
Chicago White Sox, allowing three earned runs on six hits and a walk, while
fanning four in a 9-5 triumph.
Needing one more victory for the 50th of his career, Romero lost his only
previous decision against Atlanta.
As for the Braves, they originally had Tim Hudson set in the rotation for
today, but bone spurs in his left ankle will have him sidelined for the time
being. Instead, Atlanta has called up Julio Teheran from Triple-A Gwinnett to
make a spot start.
The Braves' top pitching prospect, Teheran is 5-2 with a 3.15 ERA in 11 starts
at Gwinnett. He pitched a seven-hit complete-game shutout, allowing only one
run, in his last start against Charlotte. To make room for Teheran on the
roster the Braves optioned catcher J.C. Boscan to Gwinnett following the game
Despite the recent success of the Braves and their fight to remain close to
the top of the NL East standings, the team is getting the job done with
marginal pitching efforts at best. The staff has an ERA that ranks 15th in the
majors at 3.94 and the squad has just 25 quality starts thus far, ranking them
27th in baseball.
Toronto, now fourth in the American League East and four games out of
contention, have a collective ERA of 4.03 (19th) but have limited opposing
hitters to just a .241 batting average thus far.
Winners of eight straight over the Jays dating back to 2009, Atlanta now has
an interleague mark of 133-113, Toronto coming in at 125-145.
06/10 12:20:35 ET