Final
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Blue Jays aim to snap a nine-game losing streak

May 11, 2007 - 1:40 PM Tampa Bay (14-20) at Toronto (13-21) 7:07 pm EDT

TORONTO (Ticker) -- It just keeps getting worse for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Now without their All-Star closer for the rest of the season, the Blue Jays aim to snap a nine-game losing streak when they host the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the opener of a three-game series on Friday.

Toronto finished April with a 13-12 record, including a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers on April 30. However, since then, the Blue Jays have not recorded a victory and absorbed a serious injury to an integral player.

Closer B.J. Ryan will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing "Tommy John" surgery on Thursday to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. The loss of Ryan is a major setback for Toronto, which now has lost nine in a row to slip to 13-21.

The Blue Jays have not dropped 10 straight contests since June 18-28, 1994.

They aim to snap their skid behind A.J. Burnett (2-3, 5.09 ERA), who is 5-1 with a 2.56 ERA in nine starts vs. the Devil Rays in his career. But this season, the hard-throwing righthander is looking to avoid his third straight loss.

Burnett has not dropped three straight starts since losing a career-high five in a row from August 24-September 14, 2005.

He allowed three runs and seven hits in 7 2/3 frames, while striking out a season-high nine and walking one in a 3-2 loss at Texas last Sunday.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TAMPA BAY 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
    TORONTO 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 x 5 12 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: TAM - SCOTT KAZMIR, SHAWN CAMP (7TH), GARY GLOVER (8TH) AND JOSH
    PAUL
    TOR - A.J. BURNETT, CASEY JANSSEN (7TH), JEREMY ACCARDO
    (9TH) AND JASON PHILLIPS

    HOME RUNS:

    May 11 10:02 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON SMITH SCORED VERNON WELLS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J SMITH ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1
    TORONTO 5 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: F THOMAS (.234, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Rays vs. Blue JaysMay 11 9:26 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALEX RIOS (7) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF SCOTT KAZMIR.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1, TORONTO 4
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: V WELLS (.282, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Rays vs. Blue JaysMay 11 9:19 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY CARLOS PENA ALLOWED AARON HILL TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A LIND ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1
    TORONTO 3 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: J MCDONALD (.295, 0-FOR-2)

    Rays vs. Blue JaysMay 11 9:03 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JASON PHILLIPS SCORED AARON HILL AND LYLE
    OVERBAY.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J PHILLIPS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1
    TORONTO 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A LIND (.239, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays vs. Blue JaysMay 11 8:22 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TAMPA BAY 1 1 1 0
    TORONTO 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: TAM - SCOTT KAZMIR
    TOR - A.J. BURNETT

    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A RIOS (.283, 6 HR, 20 RBI)
    V WELLS (.279, 4 HR, 17 RBI)
    T GLAUS (.317, 6 HR, 14 RBI)

    Rays vs. Blue JaysMay 11 7:20 PM