Blue Jays to play host to Mariners
Seattle (64-85) at Toronto (73-75), 7:07 p.m. ET
The Blue Jays will get a four-game break from facing the American League East's elite teams when Seattle comes to call at the Rogers Centre.
The Blue Jays have gone 2-4 during their current homestand that opened with series against Boston and New York. Toronto dropped two of three to each. After this final meeting between the Mariners and Jays, Toronto hits the road for seven more against the top two teams in their division.
Scott Downs will take the mound in the first game against Seattle. The left-hander has a 3-2 record and a 3.23 ERA since the All-Star break and has pitched into the sixth inning in six of his last seven outings. In his last start, the southpaw picked up a win against Boston after giving up three runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Jamie Moyer, who is 5-3 lifetime in Toronto, will oppose Downs. The lefty is 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA in September. In his last outing, Moyer escaped with a no-decision against the Angels, despite having allowed seven runs on 13 hits over five innings.
SEA: LHP Jamie Moyer
12-6, 4.38 ERA in 2005
1-0, 1.50 ERA vs. TOR in 2005
TOR: LHP Scott Downs
3-3, 4.25 ERA in 2005
0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. SEA in 2005
Player to watch
Eric Hinske is hitting .385 (10-for-26) with two home runs, two doubles and three RBIs in his career against Moyer.
"He had his curveball going a lot better today. The other night, he was missing that against Boston. Today, he threw some that had some bite." -- manager John Gibbons, on Ted Lilly's outing on Sunday
SEA: KOMO 1000 AM
TOR: The Fan, 590 AM
Toronto's 6-5 win over New York on Sunday marked its third one-run game in a row and its sixth such affair in its last eight games. The Blue Jays are now 16-28 in one-run games this season. ... Left-handed reliever Scott Schoeneweis made his 75th appearance of the season on Sunday. That tied him with Boston's Mike Timlin, who did not pitch on Sunday, for the American League lead in outings. ... Closer Miguel Batista picked up his 28th save of the season against the Yankees. Batista gave up one run, though, which gave him five runs allowed in his last seven save opportunities (6 2/3 innings). That means he has a 6.75 ERA in save opportunities in September. ... Toronto improved to 10-5 against New York this year. ... The Jays are 4-2 versus Seattle this year (3-0 at home).
Tuesday: vs. Seattle, 7:07 p.m. ET
Wednesday: vs. Seattle, 7:07 p.m. ET
Thursday: vs. Seattle, 7:07 p.m. ET
Jordan Bastian is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.