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Team Report - TORONTO BLUE JAYS

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INSIDE PITCH

BOSTON -- No Edwin Encarnacion. No Brett Lawrie. No Adam Lind.

No problem for the Toronto Blue Jays.

"We have some new faces here who have really stepped up since the All-Star break," manager John Gibbons said after his team completed a three-game sweep of the slumbering Boston Red Sox with a 6-1 victory on Wednesday night. "We've got some different ways we can approach you, mixing and matching. That's the way we're built right now.

"I don't think we could ask anything more out of this bunch. They're all pitching in and doing a heckuva job."

The Jays, missing those key bats, including MVP candidate/first baseman Encarnacion, are 10-3 since the All-Star break and very much in the hunt for the American league East title.

Wednesday night, veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle ended a nine-start winless streak (0-6) with his 11th win of the year and his fourth in his last five starts against the Red Sox.

Toronto lost the opener of a home four-game series to Boston last week, but then outscored the Red Sox, 45-11, in beating them six straight.

With their injured bats on the mend and on their way back, the sizzling Jays now move on to a four-game series in Houston against the lowly Astros.

NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 59-50

STREAK: Won five

NEXT: Blue Jays (RHP Drew Hutchison, 7-9, 4.44 ERA) at Astros (RHP Jarred Cosart, 9-7, 4.41 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--LHP Mark Buehrle, who came into Wednesday night's start 0-6 with three no-decisions in his previous nine starts (4.83 ERA, .312 batting average against), but worked 6 2/3 solid innings for his first win since June 1. It was his fourth win in his last five starts against the Red Sox and he is 6-3 lifetime at Fenway Park. He has seven games this season of at least six innings and one run or less, matching rookie Marcus Stroman for the staff lead in that category. "It definitely feels good," said Buehrle. "I think (it's) the first beer shower I've had since my first win. It was good -- everybody had fun with it, busting my (chops) a little bit and having a good time with it."

--C Dioner Navarro stroked three RBI singles and drew a walk in Wednesday night's win. He is 22-for-64 (.344) over his last 16 games. He made a bid for a ninth-inning home run but settled for reaching base four times in a game for the third time this season, all against the Red Sox.

--LF Melky Cabrera has a seven-game hitting streak after going 2-for-4 with a walk Wednesday. He is batting .360 with a .423 on-base percentage in July.

--2B Ryan Goins, whose four RBIs in the series opener doubled his major league total for the season, has hit safely in seven of the eight games he's played since returning from the minors. He is 11-for-32 over that stretch.

--RHP Drew Hutchison, 2-5 with a 7.71 ERA at home but 5-4 with a 2.95 on the road this season, opens Toronto's four-game series in Houston on Thursday night. Hutchison ended a three-game losing streak with a strong performance against the Yankees in New York earlier on the trip -- going 6 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on five hits.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It definitely feels good. I think (it's) the first beer shower I've had since my first win. It was good -- everybody had fun with it, busting my (chops) a little bit and having a good time with it." -- Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle after a win on Boston on Wednesday.

ROSTER REPORT

MEDICAL WATCH:

--1B Edwin Encarnacion (strained right quadriceps) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 6. An MRI revealed a strain but no significant damage. He started riding a stationary bike and swinging off a tee the weekend of July 19-20.

--DH Adam Lind (non-displaced fracture in his right foot) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 8. He has had the walking boot removed and is swinging off a tee.

--OF Cole Gillespie (abdominal strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 7. He began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League on July 30.

--2B Brett Lawrie (fractured right index finger) went on the 15-day disabled list June 23. He is expected to be sidelined until mid- to late July. He began taking ground balls July 20.

--RHP Brandon Morrow (torn tendon sheath in right index finger) went on the 60-day disabled list May 4. Morrow rejoined the team June 24 to continue his throwing program. He will go to the team training site in Dunedin, Fla., around July 26 to increase the intensity of his workouts with the hopes of having him available for some late-season work as a reliever.

--INF Maicer Izturis (sore left knee) went on the 15-day disabled list April 14, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 18. He underwent surgery to repair a complete tear of his lateral collateral ligament April 23.

ROTATION:

RHP R.A. Dickey

RHP Drew Hutchison

LHP Mark Buehrle

LHP J.A. Happ

RHP Marcus Stroman

BULLPEN:

RHP Casey Janssen (closer)

LHP Aaron Loup

RHP Todd Redmond

RHP Dustin McGowan

LHP Brett Cecil

LHP Rob Rasmussen

RHP Aaron Sanchez

CATCHERS:

Dioner Navarro

Josh Thole

INFIELDERS:

1B Jose Bautista

2B Munenori Kawasaki

SS Jose Reyes

3B Juan Francisco

INF Dan Johnson

INF Ryan Goins

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Melky Cabrera

CF Colby Rasmus

RF Anthony Gose

OF/INF Steve Tolleson

OF Nolan Reimold

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