Toronto (28-25) at Oakland (20-32)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Oakland, CA, US
Temp: 68° F
  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Thu Jun 2, 2005
  • TV: RSN
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Josh Towers looks to shake off a pair of dismal outings as the Toronto Blue Jays open a four-game series with the Oakland Athletics.

Towers was emerging as a strong No. 2 starter behind Toronto ace Roy Halladay after winning four straight outings from April 28-May 17.

However, the right-hander has been unable to maintain the momentum from that run, dropping his last two starts while surrendering 12 runs and 21 hits over 10 1-3 innings.

On Friday, he allowed seven runs and a club-record 14 hits over six innings of a 7-2 loss to Minnesota, striking out four without a walk. Towers joked he was proud of setting a record.

“That’s awesome. I’m in the records books then? People are going to be able to read my name, that’s great,” he said. “I would have made it a little bigger if he had let me go back out there. He didn’t let me though. I would have put that thing out of reach.”

Towers had lost just once in eight starts before his current slide.

The Blue Jays had won five of eight before beginning June with a 3-0 loss to Seattle on Wednesday. Alex Rios went 2-for-3 for Toronto, which lost its third straight road series.

The A’s have rebounded nicely from their second eight-game losing streak of May, reeling off three straight wins, including Wednesday’s 11-2 rout of Tampa Bay.

Eric Byrnes had a two-run triple and a season-high four RBIs, and Barry Zito snapped a five-start winless stretch for Oakland, which completed its first three-game sweep since also taking three straight from the Devil Rays last August.

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J. Towers LAD vs. K. Saarloos CLE
13-12 Record 10-9
3.71 ERA 4.17
112 K 53
29 BB 54
1.27 WHIP 1.40