Toronto Blue Jays finish home stand with White Sox

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May 24, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (10) hits a two run homer in the fifth inning against Seattle Mariners at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays will wrap up their home stand with a three game set against the Chicago White Sox as they look to begin their ascent through the weak AL East.  Despite dropping two of three to the Seattle Mariners over the weekend and a horrendous record as of late, the Toronto Blue Jays may be poised to slowly turn the corner in the coming weeks.

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Shortstop Jose Reyes is set to return to the lineup on Monday after a rehab stint with the AAA Buffalo Bisons which will help to balance the Blue Jays’ batting order.  His presence will slide Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin down a spot, thus removing a replacement-level player from the bottom of the order.  When Jose Bautista is ready to return, the top five should be feared once again.

Toronto’s pitching has been their achilles heel, however, and recent improvements in that department must continue to snowball.  After another encouraging outing from the young Aaron Sanchez on Sunday, the Jays will send Drew Hutchison, R.A. Dickey and Marco Estrada to the mound against the White Sox.  Sanchez’s start was the sixth consecutive game where the Jays received 6.0+ IP from their starter.  With the potency of their lineup, the continuation of that trend will go a long way in the win column.

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