Toronto (66-65) at Oakland (65-68)

  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue Aug 28, 2007
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Troy Glaus had been in a frustrating slump coming into the Toronto Blue Jays’ series against the Oakland Athletics. The third baseman hopes a big hit can help him turn things around.

Glaus and the Blue Jays (66-65) continue their four-game series with the Athletics at McAfee Coliseum on Tuesday.

Glaus entered Monday’s game hitting .188 (13-for-69) this month, but drove in the go-ahead run in Toronto’s 6-2, 12-inning win over Oakland with a run-scoring double off Alan Embree. Aaron Hill, Gregg Zaun and Reed Johnson also drove in runs to pad the lead and send struggling Oakland (65-68) to its fourth straight loss.

The Blue Jays had a 2-1 lead after three innings following an RBI double from Lyle Overbay and an RBI single from Alex Rios. Oakland tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single by Dan Johnson.

Toronto won for just the third time in its last eight games. The Blue Jays were swept by the Athletics at home last week, but are 3-1 at the Coliseum this year

The A’s had appeared to be putting together a run in defense of their AL West title by winning nine of 11 from Aug. 13-23, but their current losing streak has halted that momentum and dropped them 13 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Angels.

Oakland has been outscored 39-11 during its losing streak in large part due to a struggling bullpen, which has a 12.38 ERA over the last four games.

Chad Gaudin (10-9, 4.12 ERA) will take the mound Tuesday for the A’s, trying for back-to-back wins. The 24-year-old right-hander pitched seven innings on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, allowing one run and five hits in a 12-2 victory. He struck out a career-high 10 batters, while only walking two.

“My slider was a good pitch tonight and I haven’t had that in a while,” said Gaudin, who improved to 2-6 in nine starts since the All-Star break.

Gaudin has no decisions and a 2.08 ERA in seven relief appearances and one start against the Blue Jays. The only start he made against them was on June 22, 2004.

Jesse Litsch (5-6, 3.44) counters for Toronto after snapping a two-game losing streak with a win on Thursday against the Angels. The 22-year-old rookie right-hander allowed three runs - two earned - and six hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 5-4 victory.

Litsch threw 102 pitches, marking his three straight start with at least 100.

“I was missing spots a little bit, so I just tried to work in and out a little more and try to keep hitters more off-balance than I was doing,” he said.

In Litsch’s only start against the A’s, he pitched seven innings, allowing two unearned runs and seven hits in a 3-1 loss on July 3.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Litsch TOR vs. C. Gaudin LAD
7-9 Record 11-13
3.81 ERA 4.42
50 K 154
36 BB 100
1.37 WHIP 1.53


Tuesday, Aug 28