Toronto (65-68) at Cleveland (60-74)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Fri Aug 29, 2003
  • TV: RSN
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C.C. Sabathia looks to win his fourth straight start and continue his domination of Toronto as the Cleveland Indians open a three-game series with the Blue Jays at Jacobs Field.

Sabathia has a 0.75 ERA in two career starts against Toronto. He gave up just three hits in seven innings of a 3-0 win in May of last year, and allowed just one earned run and one hit in a 3-2 win on Oct. 7, 2001.

A win in his third start against the Blue Jays would give Sabathia his third four-game winning streak of the season and match his win total from last season.

Sabathia was a little shaky his last time out, giving up five earned runs and seven hits in six innings on Saturday against Tampa Bay. However, he managed to get the win as the Indians pulled away for a 7-5 victory.

“I struggled throwing fastballs for strikes,” he said. “My breaking ball was good. My change up was leaving the yard quick.”

However, the Indians bailed Sabathia out.

“I was happy that we were able to come back for C.C. because he’s picked us up so many times,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. “He’s had so many tough no-decisions and a couple of losses, and he’s never let it faze him. He’s been a leader on the mound.”

Cleveland is coming in off Thursday’s 8-3 win over the Detroit Tigers—its fifth victory in its last six.

Josh Bard went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run, and Jody Gerut had two homers and five RBIs for the Indians.

The Blue Jays come in after losing for the fourth time in their last five, dropping a 6-3 decision to Boston on Wednesday.

Frank Catalanotto went 3-for-5 with a double, and Carlos Delgado homered for Toronto.

STANDINGS: Blue Jays - 3rd place, 16 1/2 GB, AL East. Indians - 4th place, 11 GB, AL Central.

BLUE JAYS PROBABLE STARTER: Kelvim Escobar (9-8, 4.36 ERA). Escobar gave up a season-high nine earned runs and 10 hits over 5 1-3 innings in a 17-2 loss to Oakland on Sunday. It was his second straight defeat following a four-game winning streak. In 11 career appearances, including three starts, against Cleveland, he is 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA.

INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Sabathia (12-7, 3.44 ERA). Sabathia is 6-4 with a 2.66 ERA in 13 home starts this season.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Blue Jays - Vernon Wells, .316 avg.; Delgado, 34 HRs, 119 RBIs and 101 runs; Bobby Kielty, 6 SBs. Indians - Milton Bradley, .321 avg. and 17 SBs; Gerut, 18 HRs and 64 RBIs; Casey Blake, 61 RBIs.

2002 SEASON SERIES: Tied, 3-3.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Blue Jays - OF Wells has hit safely in 37 of his last 41 games, and has had at least two hits in six of his last eight games. … 1B Delgado has 119 RBIs, tying him for the sixth-highest single-season total in franchise history. Delgado, who also holds the two highest totals, is just 18 shy of setting a new record. … C Tom Wilson is batting .467 (7-for-15) as a pinch-hitter this season. Indians - LHP Sabathia hadn’t allowed a homer in 33 innings before giving up a leadoff shot to Julio Lugo in his last start. … OF Gerut’s 18 homers are the most by an Indians rookie since Cory Snyder hit 24 in 1986. … The Indians are 16-13-4 in their last 33 series since starting the season 1-7-1.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blue Jays - 36-32 on the road; Indians - 34-34 at home.

INJURIES: Blue Jays - LHP Doug Creek (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Bob File (shoulder), 60-day DL. Indians - C Victor Martinez (ankle), 15-day DL; INF John McDonald (back), 15-day DL; OF Bradley (lower lumbar), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Boyd (arm), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Ricky Gutierrez (back), 60-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 60-day DL.

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K. Escobar Mil vs. C. Sabathia NYY
13-9 Record 13-9
4.29 ERA 3.60
159 K 141
78 BB 66
1.48 WHIP 1.30