Toronto Blue Jays finish home stand with White Sox

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May 22, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada (25) pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3:  Wednesday, May 27th  –  12:37 ET

Marco Estrada takes the mound in game three looking for the sweep win.  While Estrada is likely keeping a seat warm for Daniel Norris, who is currently tinkering with his game at AAA Buffalo, he’s done well to earn his keep.  He is coming off a 7.0 inning outing, his longest of the season, and continued to impress despite his four earned runs allowed.  As always, it’s about avoiding the long ball.

Beloved 2014 Blue Jays trade target Jeff Samardzija will counter for the White Sox, but he has yet to match his fantastic 2014 numbers in the early stages.  Two back-to-back eight inning starts are a sign of a revival, though, and his last outing may have been his best.  Samardzija tossed 8.0 strong against the Minnesota Twins, allowing just three hits with nine strikeouts.

Samardzija will come with a mid-90’s fastball that drops into the low-90’s as he adds two-seam or cutting action.  He will also turn to a splitter late in some counts, and features a mid-80’s slider that he has thrown on nearly one quarter of his pitches.

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