Toronto Blue Jays face capital foe in Washington Nationals

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May 29, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) congratulates starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (56) on a complete game win against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3:  Wednesday, June 3rd  –  7:05 ET

Mark Buehrle will close out the series in what should be the most winnable game of the set.  Stephen Strasburg was scheduled to start in this spot for the Nationals but will be replaced after his recent trip to the disabled list, leaving the door cracked open.  For the Jays, Buehrle will look to build on a strangely beautiful complete game in his last outing.

After pitching an inning of batting practice to the Minnesota Twins on May 29th that left the Jays down 4-0 after one, Buehrle locked in.  He allowed just one single through the rest of the game, completing 9.0 innings in the victory to move his record to 6-4.

Across the diamond, a starter has yet to be named but the likeliest option seems to be A.J. Cole.  The 23-year old Cole is currently in AAA, but looked strong in his last MLB relief outing on May 23rd, striking out seven batters over 4.1 scoreless innings after taking over for Strasburg.  If Cole is the man, he’ll feature a low-90’s fastball that he leans on frequently, a low-80’s changeup, slider and curve.

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