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Wednesday, June 12 (All times Eastern)

Toronto Blue Jays (28-36) at Chicago White Sox (28-35), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Esmil Rogers (1-2, 3.60) Chicago - Chris Sale (5-4, 2.68)

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Blue Jays have not fared so well against lefties this season, but they'll try to change their fortune on Wednesday when they face Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox in the rubber match of a three- game series at U.S. Cellular Field.

Toronto has gone just 6-11 against left-handed starters. However, Sale faced the Blue Jays on April 18 and took a loss after giving up three runs over seven innings.

The southpaw was tagged for four runs over 7 1/3 innings in Friday's 4-3 loss to Oakland. Sale, who has held opponents to a .167 batting average at U.S. Cellular Field, has never lost back-to-back home starts in his career.

Taking the hill for Toronto is reliever-turned-starter Esmil Rogers, who is making his third start. Rogers could not get past the fourth inning in either of his first two starts. He struck out six in four innings of work against Texas last week, as he allowed one earned run on three hits.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said his team needs to start stringing together some wins.

"We had some stretches where we won a few games in a row here and there, but when you're that far below .500, its tough," Gibbons said. "You've got to reel off a nice stretch just to get back to .500. Until you do that, they don't take you serious."

Both teams are in last place in their respective divisions. The White Sox certainly showed why in Tuesday's 7-5 loss in 10 innings, as they committed three errors while also making four outs on the base paths.

"It's just a matter of winning a few games in a row and not letting this one get us down," White Sox reliever Matt Thornton said. "We're going to lose games the rest of the way. We're going to lose a bunch of games the rest of the way. But it's a matter of stringing a bunch of wins together in between those losses."

Chien-Ming Wang made his Blue Jays debut on Tuesday and gave up five runs in 7 1/3 innings. He got some help when Jose Bautista tied the game with a solo blast in the ninth inning off closer Addison Reed with two outs and down to his final strike.

The Blue Jays would later win it on a wild pitch in the 10th to snap Chicago's three-game win streak. Adam Lind chipped in with three hits, while Edwin Encarnacion hit his 18th home run.

Bautista and Chicago's Adam Dunn have each homered three times so far in the series. Dunn is eight for his last 15 with four home runs and seven RBI.

"We're happy (Tuesday) and (Wednesday) is a new day," said Lind. "Another tough game, their ace is on the mound so we know what we're in for."

These teams split four games in Toronto from April 15-18.

06/12 10:30:07 ET

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ECU 56
TEMPL 70
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NCCU 69
NCAT 58
 
Final
DET 4
ATL 6
 
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TAM 2
BAL 3
 
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PIT 1
NYY 2
 
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HOU 6
PHI 3
 
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MIA 1
STL 4
 
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SFG 8
CHC 6
 
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CIN 3
CLE 9
 
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CWS 1
LOS 6
 
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ANA 3
MIL 2
 
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CHC 2
OAK 2
 
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SEA 9
SDP 4
 
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KAN 5
TEX 4
 
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ARI 4
COL 3
 
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WAS 5
NYM 4
 
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MIN 9
BOS 8
 
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BAL 5
TOR 0
 
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CHI 108
OKC 105
2nd
POR 25
DAL 25
 
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MDES 89
MRGST 76
 
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SIENA 71
NIAG 54
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LEH 62
AMER 68
 
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SCAR 74
ARK 78
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LAF 89
BU 64
 
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PETE 63
FAIR 33
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BUCK 90
HC 83
 
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UNF 71
LIP 57
 
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TENNM 65
MORE 76
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COL 72
NAVY 62
 
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ECU 56
TEMPL 70
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FATL 62
UAB 59
 
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FLGC 62
USCU 63
 
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CHAR 84
WKENT 88
 
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MINN 63
WISC 76
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MIZST 48
SILL 55
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COPST 92
DELST 104
 
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FIU 59
MTST 54
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HAMP 69
NORST 80
 
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NCCU 69
NCAT 58
 
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COOK 72
SCST 62
 
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APP 67
TXST 64
 
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GSOUT 76
TXARL 64
 
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LAMON 50
UGST 58
 
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ODU 67
MARS 50
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TXSA 74
RICE 76
 
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FAM 64
SAV 57
 
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LATU 72
SMISS 61
 
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JST 72
ALAAM 54
 
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GRAM 46
ALAST 70
 
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TXSOU 94
ALCOR 73
 
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NICST 77
CARK 70
 
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TAMCC 85
HOUB 72
 
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NARZ 58
PORST 51
 
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LAM 61
SHSU 67
 
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ARKST 76
SALA 81
 
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PVU 73
SOUTH 77
 
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ARKLR 69
 
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NO 85
SELA 79
 
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INCWORD 64
ABCHRIST 52
 
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MVSU 0
ARKPB 0
 
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ARZ 99
CAL 60
 
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WASH 47
COL 64
 
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WEBER 74
IDAHO 63
 
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UCONN 53
MEM 54
 
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UTEP 83
UNT 60
 
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STEPH 92
NWST 66
 
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SUTAH 69
SACST 65
 
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DAVID 82
VCU 55
 
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IDST 81
EWASH 85
 
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QUIN 74
MAR 80
 
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BEL 97
EILL 64
 
2nd
DRAK 43
BRAD 40
 
2nd
LBSU 39
CSNO 31
 
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UCI 37
CSFU 29
 
2nd
UCD 35
UCR 40
 
1st
ARST 3
STAN 0
 
1st
WASU 7
UTAH 2
 
Final
BOS 3
CAL 4
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WAS 1
MIN 2
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PHI 3
STL 1
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FLA 3
DAL 4
Final
TAM 4
TOR 2
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NAS 3
NYI 4
3rd
ARI 2
VAN 0
 
1st Intermission
LOS 2
MON 0