Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Corbin, Estrada to open Interleague series

The Blue Jays and D-backs don't get to see a lot of each other, but they will open up a rare Interleague series on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
The two teams haven't faced one another since late in the 2013 season. In fact, Toronto and Arizona have played just 12 games against each other in Major League history, with both teams having won six games.
Right-hander Marco Estrada will get the call in the series opener for Toronto. He set a franchise record during his last outing by extending his streak of allowing five or fewer hits to 10 consecutive starts.
Estrada is ranked first in the Majors with a .168 opponents' batting average. He has allowed more than three earned runs in just two of his 13 starts this year as the veteran right-hander continues to prove his breakout season in 2015 was not a fluke.
"We're kind of putting everything together," Estrada said of his club's recent strong play. "We're hitting, we're pitching. I've said it all year, we've a very dangerous team, and when we start putting things together, we're one of the best, if not the best. That's what you're seeing right now, and it shows."
Arizona will counter with left-hander Patrick Corbin, who has tossed at least 6 1/3 innings during each of his past three starts. Corbin has never faced the Blue Jays during his four-year career, but he is 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA in five starts during Interleague Play.
Things to know about this game
• Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak will return to the lineup after he received the day off during Toronto's series finale vs. Baltimore on Sunday. The Blue Jays wanted to give Josh Donaldson a rare start at designated hitter, which shifted Edwin Encarnacion to first base and meant Smoak had to sit out.
• D-backs second-round pick Andrew Yerzy will take batting practice at Rogers Centre prior to Tuesday's game. He was one of four Canadians Arizona drafted this year, which was more than any other club in the Majors.
• Troy Tulowitzki is one of the only players in the Blue Jays' starting lineup with some experience vs. Corbin. Tulowitzki has four hits in 12 at-bats, which includes a double, and he also has a pair of walks.

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