(Sports Network) - Dominican right-hander Esmil Rogers faces the Arizona
Diamondbacks for the 10th time in his big league career on Monday afternoon
when the Toronto Blue Jays visit Chase Field to begin a three-game interleague
The 28-year-old has mixed in 15 starts through 39 appearances with the Blue
Jays this season, including a 3 1/3-inning stint against the New York Yankees
on Aug. 27 in which he allowed two runs on three hits in a game his team lost,
Rogers is winless in his last 10 outings overall, in which Toronto is just
In the nine previous meetings with the Diamondbacks, which have included three
starts, he is 0-2 with a 5.33 ERA across 25 1/3 innings.
In 18 road appearances this season, Rogers is 2-4 with a 5.07 ERA.
He's opposed by 30-year-old righty Brandon McCarthy, who snapped a five-start
skid in his last outing on Aug. 26.
McCarthy had dropped from 2-3 on the season to 2-8 after consecutive losses to
Texas, Boston, the New York Mets, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati while his ERA for
the season rose from 4.36 to 5.44.
He ended the poor run with seven strong innings against the San Diego Padres,
allowing an unearned run in seven innings of a 6-1 victory. He hadn't won
since defeating the Padres, 5-2, on May 24.
McCarthy is 3-2 in nine career meetings with the Blue Jays.
On Sunday in Toronto, James Shields tossed seven scoreless innings and Kansas
City used an early four-run burst to silence the Blue Jays, 5-0, in the finale
of a three-game set.
J.A. Happ (3-5) lasted only four full frames, charged in defeat for six hits
and five runs -- three earned -- for the Jays, whose three-game win streak
came to a halt.
In Arizona, Hunter Pence had three hits, including a solo homer, scored three
times and knocked in two to lead the San Francisco Giants to an 8-2 win over
Buster Posey also had three hits and drove in two and Hector Sanchez knocked
in three for the Giants, who took two out of three in the series. They had
nine hits and scored five runs off Arizona starter Patrick Corbin (13-5).
Corbin gave up eight earned runs in 5 1/3 innings at Philadelphia last Sunday
and wasn't much better in his next start. He allowed nine hits and a walk in
five innings, striking out six, and is 1-4 in his last seven starts. Arizona,
chasing the second NL wild card, are 3-3 on a nine-game homestand.
The Diamondbacks entered the week with a 5-4 lead in the all-time series
between the teams, including two wins in three games when they last met in
Arizona in 2010.
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