Blue Jays-Brewers Preview

The Associated Press

Ryan Braun has hit safely in 13 straight games and 23 in a row in interleague play.

He'll try to help the Milwaukee Brewers post their 12th straight home victory over the Toronto Blue Jays when this three-game set continues Tuesday night.

The reigning NL MVP is batting .333 with five homers and 12 RBIs during his 13-game run. He is hitting .391 with six homers and 26 RBIs during his interleague streak.

Braun can match the fourth-longest interleague hitting streak in history Tuesday. He has 19 homers to tie for the NL lead with St. Louis' Carlos Beltran and is tied with Beltran for third in the league with 48 RBIs.

Milwaukee (31-36) won Monday's series opener 7-6 as Aramis Ramirez snapped a seventh-inning tie with a solo homer that was eventually ruled fair after umpires used video replay to reverse a foul ball call.

"First time it ever happened to me," Ramirez said. "They got it right and that's what it's all about.''

Ramirez, who had three hits and three RBIs, is hitting .346 with five homers and 16 RBIs over his last 20 games.

Toronto (34-33), meanwhile, has not won in Milwaukee since Sept. 16, 1996. This is the Blue Jays' second interleague visit after getting swept in 2008.

The Blue Jays fought back from a 6-1 deficit after two innings Monday, tying the score on Jose Bautista's three-run homer in the top of the seventh.

"We had a very good offensive approach," manager John Farrell said. "Even though we got down early, 6-2, we felt like we could swing the bats against (Randy) Wolf - and that's not to take anything away from him."

Brett Lawrie also went deep as part of his three-hit night for Toronto, which has 93 homers to rank second in the majors. Lawrie was a first-round pick by the Brewers in 2008.

He was traded to Toronto on Dec. 6, 2010, for Shaun Marcum. The Brewers right-hander was originally scheduled to pitch Tuesday against his former team, but has been scratched due to tightness in his elbow.

Milwaukee has not officially announced a starter for Tuesday.

One possibility is veteran right-hander Claudio Vargas, who is scheduled to pitch Tuesday for the Brewers' Triple-A affiliate in Nashville. Vargas, who is 2-0 with a 4.21 ERA for the Sounds, was signed to a minor-league deal on May 16 and last pitched in the majors in 2010.

There is also speculation that Tuesday could mark the major league debut of top prospect Tyler Thornburg, a 23-year-old right-hander who came within five outs of a perfect game in April for Double-A Huntsville. Thornburg is 8-1 with a 3.00 ERA for the Stars.

The injury-plagued Blue Jays' rotation is also in flux, and journeyman Jesse Chavez (0-0, 5.40 ERA) will make his first major league start Tuesday.

Chavez allowed three runs over five innings of relief May 27 in a 12-6 loss at Texas in his lone 2012 big-league appearance. The right-hander has made 144 appearances over the last five years, and he's 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA in 12 games - all starts - for Triple-A Las Vegas this season.

Chavez has made 12 appearances against the Brewers with a 14.29 ERA – his worst against any team. Braun is 4 for 7 with two homers against him and Rickie Weeks 4 for 6 with one homer.

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