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Blue Jays look to continue hot streak against Tigers: Full series preview

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Jun 5, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) celebrates with Jays relief pitcher Roberto Osuna (54) after defeating the Boston Red Sox 5-4 at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 5, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) celebrates with Jays relief pitcher Roberto Osuna (54) after defeating the Boston Red Sox 5-4 at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Game Two: June 7 – 7:10 pm ET

Aaron Sanchez (5-1, 2.99 ERA, 3.15 FIP) vs.
Matt Boyd (0-1, 3.94 ERA, 4.00 FIP)

The former Blue Jays prospect, Matt Boyd, who was sent to Detroit in last year’s trade for David Price, has yet to make a name for himself at the major league level.

He was recalled by the Tigers in late May, and since then he’s made two starts, combining for 11.1 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 10 K. He was pitching well in AAA through 8 starts, with a 2.06 ERA and 3.19 FIP, but he’s been unable to translate that success to the MLB.

Jays fans briefly saw what he could do in a Jays uniform, as he offers average velocity paired with a curve, slider and a change. He won’t blow anyone away, and his stuff doesn’t offer big strikeout potential, but he’s crafty and he can keep guys off balance with strong command and mixing speeds.

At the end of the day, this is a great matchup for the Jays, as he’s struggled to control the home run ball and against a lineup of righties that have been picking up their play lately, I don’t see this as a good matchup for the young lefty.

Right-hander Aaron Sanchez is coming off a very strong start against the New York Yankees in which he pitched six and two-thirds innings of shutout ball, striking out six. This brings Sanchez’s ERA down to 2.99 and he’s only fallen short of a full six innings once in his 11 appearances this season.

Next: Game 3: Dickey looks to stay strong in series finale

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