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--LHP Jo-Jo Reyes will try to end a string of 22 consecutive winless starts when he goes against Texas on Wednesday. The last starter with a winless streak that long was Phillies LHP Matt Beech in 1996-97. Reyes has not won a start since June 13, 2008, against the Angels when he was pitching for Atlanta. Five days after that start, he made his only career appearance against the Rangers, pitching in Arlington, Texas. He did not figure in the decision after allowing one run and five hits in seven innings.

--DH Juan Rivera hit his first home run as a Blue Jay on Monday in the team's six-run fifth inning. It was the Blue Jays' third homer of the inning. CF Corey Patterson had a three-run homer, and RF Jose Bautista hit a homer on the next pitch after Patterson's blast. Rivera's homer scored two. It is the 29th time in the history of the franchise that the Blue Jays' have hit three homers in an inning and the first since Aug. 7, 2010, when the Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 17-11 at Rogers Centre. The club record is four homers in one inning: the sixth inning Aug. 17, 2001, against Texas and the fifth at Boston, May 20, 2009.

--RF Jose Bautista hit his eighth homer of the season, and his fifth in six games, in the six-run, three-homer fifth inning of Monday's 6-4 win over Texas. "The past few games, it seems we really couldn't get anything going offensively besides Jose swinging the bat well," said CF Corey Patterson, who ignited the big inning with a three-run homer. "We definitely need to help him out. It seemed like I was able to help jump-start the team." Bautista had two walks and a double in Tuesday's 10-3 win over Texas, and he is batting .362.

--CF Rajai Davis (ankle) appears set to rejoin the Blue Jays after going 1-for-4 with a walk Tuesday with Class AA New Hampshire on his rehabilitation assignment. Davis was eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday but was hit by a pitch on the left wrist in the first inning in Monday's game and was removed from the game. X-rays were negative. "Today when he reported to the ballpark, everything was OK," manager John Farrell said Tuesday. "We just want to make sure that one, he gets through tonight, and we'll re-evaluate him (Wednesday)."

--3B/DH Edwin Encarnacion should be ready to start Wednesday after missing four games with a sore left wrist. Injuries and a 13-man pitching staff considered necessary because the starters weren't going deep enough into games have left manager John Farrell little room for making moves. He'd like to get back to having a 12-man pitching staff so that he can return to a four-man bench. That might not happen until the beginning of next week even though the starters have been lasting longer.

--RHP Jesse Litsch, who had a three-inning demotion to Class AAA Las Vegas, enjoyed a solid return to the major league rotation Tuesday, picking up the decision in Toronto's 10-3 win at Texas. Litsch is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA after allowing seven hits, two walks and three runs in six innings. He was taking the spot in the rotation left open with last Thursday's demotion of LHP Brett Cecil, who did not have a good outing with Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Cecil took the loss as Colorado Springs beat Las Vegas 17-3. In 4 1/3 innings, Cecil allowed 13 hits, including three home runs, 11 runs, 10 earned runs and three walks with two strikeouts. He made 99 pitches, 64 strikes.

A couple of players coming back from injuries also played for Las Vegas. OF Scott Podsednik (foot) started in center field was 0-for-3 with two walks after going 0-for-5 with a walk Monday. RF Dewayne Wise (toe) was 2-for-5 for the second game in a row. "Both guys fill a similar role," said manager John Farrell, who indicated that one of them could join the Blue Jays next week. "Both have a successful history. The role remains to be seen, but the fact that we have two proven outfielders lends to the depth that is on its way."

13 -- Consecutive games in which the Blue Jays have homered against the Rangers after 1B Adam Lind hit two homers in Tuesday's 10-3 win.

"Not only are we having injuries, we're having our players on rehab get injured. I don't mean to laugh, but it's somewhat a sign of the times." -- Manager John Farrell, on the news that CF Rajai Davis was hit by a pitch on the left wrist in Monday's game with Class AA New Hampshire. He came out of that game but played Tuesday for the minor league team. Davis is on the disabled list due to an ankle injury.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGJustin Smoak , 1B.275
HRJustin Smoak , 1B38
RBIJustin Smoak , 1B89
OBPJustin Smoak , 1B.360
SLGJustin Smoak , 1B.542
RJose Bautista , RF90
SBKevin Pillar , CF15
WMarcus Stroman , SP13
ERAMarcus Stroman , SP3.06
WHIPMarcus Stroman , SP1.30
KMarco Estrada , SP174
SVRoberto Osuna , RP37

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