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Friday, June 20
(All times Eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (41-33) at Cincinnati Reds (35-36), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Liam Hendriks (1-0, 2.31)
Cincinnati - Mat Latos (0-0, 0.00)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Mat Latos aims to build off an excellent season debut on
Friday evening as he gets the call for the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a
three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays.
A 14-game winner in three of the last four seasons, Latos had a rough go of
things to begin the year. He underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus
in the spring, then had his return delayed due to an elbow strain while
Latos finally took the mound on Saturday versus Milwaukee and got a no-
decision despite hurling six scoreless innings. He scattered two hits and
fanned four without a walk, exiting after 87 pitches in a game the Reds
"(It) was emotional for sure," said Latos. "First time back in a while. I felt
good. The outcome kind of sucks but that's baseball. We'll come back strong
Latos will face the Blue Jays for the second time in his career looking to get
the Reds back into the win column after they lost a 4-3 decision to the
Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. They had won three in a row and six of their
Devin Mesoraco tied the game for Cincinnati with a solo homer in the top of
the ninth, but Pittsburgh scored the winning run in the 12th frame on a two-
out, bases-loaded walk.
Cincinnati righty Homer Bailey went 5 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits and
three runs while striking out five.
"I feel like throughout the whole game, they had maybe one or two balls that
were hit real solid," said Bailey.
Toronto, meanwhile, has lost seven of its last nine and was just swept in
three games by the New York Yankees. Thursday's 6-4 setback saw the Blue Jays
get swept in a series of at least three games for the first time since Sept.
The Jays lost Thursday's finale despite two-run homers by Melky Cabrera and
Edwin Encarnacion as Drew Hutchison yielded four runs over 4 1/3 innings.
"We didn't play good baseball," Hutchison said. "That's what it is. It's over
now. We just have to move on and continue forward."
The Blue Jays will shuffle their rotation, adding an extra arm in the form of
right-hander Liam Hendriks.
Hendriks will make one start to give the rest of the rotation some extra time
off, including R.A. Dickey. The knuckleballer will instead start on Sunday
instead of tonight after exiting his last start early with a groin injury.
Hendriks made two starts earlier this season for Toronto, going 1-0 with a
2.31 ERA. He is 6-0 with a 1.92 ERA in 12 games (10 starts) at Triple-A
"We think it's important to protect that rotation a little bit," manager John
Gibbons told Toronto's official website. "(Hendriks) will come along, he
pitched well for us in a couple of outings earlier in the year. Hopefully, he
gives us a boost too. He'll be here for one start and he'll go back (to
Buffalo), and it will give those guys an extra breather."
The 25-year-old Hendriks has never before faced the Reds.
Toronto is 8-4 versus Cincinnati dating back to the 2003 campaign.
06/20 10:52:07 ET