Three wins in a row and a record two games above .500 must have the Toronto Blue Jays feeling good. Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Game Thread: Toronto Blue Jays (23-21) at Texas Rangers (20-23)

The Toronto Blue Jays are sitting just a half game out of first place in the American League and are two games above .500. They go for the sweep this afternoon in Arlington against a struggling Texas Rangers club that has lost four in a row.

The Blue Jays have the fourth best run differential in the AL at plus 11 and remain the only AL East team that has scored more runs than they’ve allowed. Things can change in a heartbeat but as of right now it’s not such a bad time to be a Blue Jays’ fan.

Today the bluebirds go up against Nick Martinez who is making his first start since April 22. The 23-year-old rookie has pitched well out of the bullpen but wasn’t particularly sharp in either of his to starts this season. He throws a sinking fastball in the low-90′s that is backed up with a changeup, slider and curveball. His slider looks to be his primary out pitch.

Martinez will be up against the veteran R.A. Dickey who has started to find his groove a bit more lately. Four of his past five starts have been of the quality variety and he’s racked up more than a strikeout per inning his last two. They key for Dickey will be to limit his walks, which helps minimize the damage if the knuckleball decides to flatten out at the wrong time.

Toronto Blue Jays Lineup:

Jose Reyes SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind 1B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Juan Francisco 3B
Brett Lawrie 2B
Josh Thole C
Anthony Gose CF

R.A. Dickey P

Texas Ranger Lineup:

Michael Choice LF
Elvis Andrus SS
Shin-Soo Choo DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Alex Rios RF
Mitch Moreland 1B
Robinson Chirinos C
Leonys Martin CF
Luis Sardinas 2B

Nick Martinez P

Roster Update:

RHP Neil Wagner was optioned before yesterday’s game to make room for C Dioner Navarro who was activated from the bereavement/family emergency list (h/t Barry Davis, Sportsnet).

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  • Michael Wray

    Hockey assist for Dickey as he kicks the ball to Reyes who one-hands it for the out. Nice play.

  • Michael Wray

    Fat Juan move out the way

  • Michael Wray

    Eddy with a huge swat to tie it at 2. That was deep.

  • Michael Wray

    Nice turn by Lawrie, slowly but surely looking better at second.

  • Michael Wray

    defensive miscues killing Dickey in the 7th

  • Justin Jay

    This error shit looks familiar. Francisco makes it sooooo hard to determine whether to play him or not

    • Michael Wray

      I think if he contributes enough with the bat it’s passable but if he starts struggling definitely not going to add any value in the field.

  • Justin Jay

    And THEN, Francisco does THAT! Nice DP

    • Michael Wray

      haha at first i thought he was awful but he surprises you sometimes I think overall he’s fairly average defensively

      • Justin Jay

        no… you had it right originally

  • Justin Jay

    What… is… going ON… today… Do we need Robbie Alomar back for more DP training?

  • McQ50

    Stroman sent back down boooo was hoping to see him get a crack at the starting 5