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Texas at Toronto
When: 1:07 PM ET, Sunday, May 28, 2017
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario

The red-hot Toronto Blue Jays try for their sixth straight victory when they host the Texas Rangers on Sunday in the finale of their three-game series. Toronto improved to 10-3 in their last 13 home games with Saturday's 3-1 win as Joey Bautista belted a three-run homer, giving the Blue Jays 61 runs during that span after they scored only 29 while opening 2-8 at the Rogers Centre.

Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson (calf) and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (hamstring) are expected back in the lineup Sunday after playing their first games since missing more than a month Friday but sitting out Saturday. Texas has lost a season-high five straight games and is hitting .219 on the road - only Kansas City was worse in the majors entering Saturday. "We've been challenged in a lot of areas," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We've got to get better, obviously, we've got to put some things together." Toronto's Joe Biagini threw a personal-most 77 pitches in his last start - the fourth of his career - and opposes Andrew Cashner, who is winless in 18 road starts since Sept. 16, 2015.

TV: 1:07 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FSN Southwest (Texas), Sportsnet (Toronto)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers RH Andrew Cashner (1-4, 3.18 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Joe Biagini (1-2, 3.75)

Cashner yielded a season-high five runs along with six hits and four walks while striking out two in five innings of an 11-6 loss in Boston on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Texan recorded quality starts in his previous four turns, going 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA during that span. Cashner received a no-decision in his only start against Toronto, permitting three runs in six innings of a 7-6 loss last season.

Biagini allowed three runs, five hits and three walks while striking out three in 4 1/3 innings of a 4-3 victory in Milwaukee on Tuesday. The 26-year-old Californian is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA as a starter after coming out of the bullpen in 14 games this season and 74 times over his career. Biagini, who is 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA in 39 home games (one start), is 1-0 with 3 1/3 scoreless innings over two appearances versus Texas.

WALK-OFFS

1. Blue Jays 2B Devon Travis went 1-for-5 on Saturday to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He is batting .457 during that span.

2. Rangers 2B Rougned Odor went 1-for-4 for the fourth straight game Saturday and has a hit in six straight contests (7-for-25) to raise his average to .209.

3. Toronto is 8-2 against the American League West this season and 15-24 versus everyone else.

PREDICTION: Blue Jays 3, Rangers 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Texas 24-26 L5 16-8 8-18 0-5 7-6 11-14 6-1
Toronto 23-26 W5 12-11 11-15 9-16 2-1 8-2 4-7
Last Meeting
Texas Toronto
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
5/27/17 TEX 1 TOR 3 .188 1 .556 .219 1 .717
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Texas J. Gallo .286 2 .714
Toronto D. Travis .444 4 1.333
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Texas R. Odor 1 1 3
Toronto D. Travis 1 3 4
Pitching ERA Avg K
Texas 5.62 .235 16
Toronto 3.00 .250 20
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Texas E. Andrus .269 52 .739
Toronto K. Pillar .289 56 .810
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Texas J. Gallo 14 31 31
Toronto J. Smoak 11 26 30
Pitching ERA Avg K
Texas 4.28 .237 341
Toronto 4.15 .239 433