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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 rehabbing.

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 eventually lost.

"(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 tomorrow."

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 last seven.

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. 10-12.

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 Buffalo.

"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

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd Intermission
CAR 2
WAS 0
 
3rd
BOS 57
CHA 68
 
4th
IND 76
CLE 65
 
4th
PHI 66
WAS 61
 
3rd
BOS 57
CHA 68
 
3rd
TOR 33
GSW 65
 
3rd
DET 55
NYK 49
 
3rd
ATL 56
ORL 56
 
2nd
HOU 50
BRK 50
 
2nd
MEM 34
LAC 33
 
2nd
NOP 39
MIA 46
 
2nd
CHI 44
MIN 39
 
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
UTA
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SAC
SAN
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LAL
MIL
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POR
OKC
Final
QUIN 73
SIENA 63
 
Final
CORN 57
HARV 49
 
2nd
CAN 67
FAIR 60
 
2nd
IONA 71
MAN 65
 
Final
BRO 75
PENN 69
 
Final
YALE 81
PRIN 60
 
2nd
MAR 63
PETE 62
 
1st
CLMB 34
DART 35
 
Half
AKR 27
OHIO 23
 
10:00pm Tonight
CLST
VALPO
 
3rd
NJD 2
BOS 2
 
3rd
NYI 2
CAL 0
 
2nd Intermission
CAR 2
WAS 0
 
2nd
TAM 1
CHI 0
 
1st
DAL 0
COL 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
LOS