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(Sports Network) - The Toronto Blue Jays look to earn a split of their two game series against the San Francisco Giants when the two clubs meet this afternoon.David Njoku Youth Jersey .  The Blue Jays wasted a solid effort in the return of starting pitcher Josh Johnson, who was in action during yesterdays 2-1 loss, for the first time since April 21 because of a biceps injury. Johnson allowed two runs -- one earned -- and six hits in seven frames against the Giants, struck out six and did not walk a batter. Johnson surrendered a crucial homer to Torres early on. "If he hits it out there, you have to tip your cap to him," Johnson said of Torres homer that cleared the wall in center field. "Thats a pretty deep part of the ballpark." Johnson, though, said he felt good to get back to work despite the loss. "It felt good to be out there and to go to battle with these guys," he said. "Unfortunately I made a couple of mistakes I cant take back but they were huge." Toronto, which has lost four of five games, got on the board first thanks to Edwin Encarnacions solo home run in the first inning. Encarnacion has homered in back-to-back games and has three in the past four. Former Giants All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera was back in the bay area for the first time and finished 2-for-4 at the plate. Cabrera, of course, was suspended last season for violating the leagues substance abuse policy and has been recently linked to a Florida clinic for performance-enhancing supplements. Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz and Alex Rodriguez have also been included in the report on the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic. In other Toronto news, shortstop Jose Reyes, who hasnt played since April 12, is coming along in his recovery with a left ankle injury. According to the clubs website, Reyes has been traveling with the team and performing daily strengthening drills. He is expected to begin a rehab assignment in a couple of weeks. "Its close, not that far away," Reyes told the teams site Tuesday. "The biggest thing is to be able to go out and run the bases on back-to-back days and go from there. If Im able to do that, even if Im not 100 percent I feel like I can help this ballclub. "Even at 85 to 90 percent, Im going to be on the field and Ill go to do my assignment and get back here as soon as possible." After the Jays wrap up this quick set in San Francisco, they will return to Rogers Centre for a three-game weekend set versus the Texas Rangers. it has been a rough two starts for Jays starter R.A. Dickey and he will take the mound Wednesday afternoon in hopes of turning his season around. Dickey has allowed six runs in each of his last two outings, going 0-2 with an 8.53 earned run average in that time, and is only 2-5 in his past seven decisions. Dickey was hammered at Atlanta on Thursday and gave up six runs and 11 hits in six innings of an 11-3 setback. "It hurts, because I felt like I was missing barrels today," Dickey said. "I might have given up four hard-hit balls all night. It was just tough. It seemed like every ball off their bat would find a hole somewhere or a little space in the outfield." The knuckleballer is 4-7 with a 5.18 ERA in 12 starts and has pitched at least six innings in 11 of those. Dickey, who is 1-3 in five road starts, defeated San Francisco on May 14, when he struck out a season-high 10 batters over six innings of two-run ball in a 10-6 win. The right-hander and reigning NL Cy Young Award winner is 1-1 with a 3.81 ERA in four career starts against the Giants. Meanwhile, the Giants took the opener of this two-game set as Andres Torres two-run homer in the second inning stood as the game-winning hit and Tim Lincecum put together seven innings of one-run ball on the mound. He struck out six batters and issued just three hits and one walk. "Working my fastball to both sides of the plate, that was the biggest thing today," Lincecum said. "It opened up my secondary pitches. I expanded the zone and tried to stay aggressive." Lincecum had dropped his previous three starts. Jeremy Affeldt worked around a hit during a scoreless eighth inning and Sergio Romo did the same in the ninth for his 16th save. Gregor Blanco had a team- high two hits for the Giants, who were coming off Sundays 4-2 win over St. Louis and have prevailed in consecutive games since dropping two in a row and five of six. The defending World Series champion Giants are still two games behind Arizona for the NL West lead and will start a nine-game road trip Friday against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Giants catcher Buster Posey finished 1-for-4 on Tuesday and is the leading vote-getter in NL All-Star balloting. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval also leads the Senior Circuit in votes at his position and was back in action Tuesday after missing the weekend series against the Cardinals with a strained left foot. Sandoval was 0-for-3 versus the Blue Jays. Giants veteran starter Barry Zito was able to halt a personal winless streak his last time out and looks to build on a strong performance Wednesday versus the Jays. Zito was 0-2 with a 4.64 earned run average in six starts before holding Oakland to a run and three hits in six innings of Thursdays 5-2 win. Zito had given up 14 runs in his previous three starts and managed to defeat the Athletics despite having six walks to five strikeouts. The left-hander and 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner was rocked at Toronto on May 14 in a 10-6 loss and yielded eight runs -- five earned -- and 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings. Zito, who is 4-0 in seven home starts this season, has a 5-4 mark to go along with a 3.82 ERA in 12 career starts against the Blue Jays. The Giants are 7-0 when Zito toes the rubber at AT&T Park this season. San Francisco lost both of its meetings in Toronto from May 14-15 and is just 2-5 in the past seven matchups between the teams. The Giants were outscored, 21-9, in those two games north of the border. David Njoku Browns Jersey . -- Adam Snyder returned to the San Francisco 49ers this season because the offensive lineman thought it was his best opportunity to win a championship.Jabrill Peppers Jersey . -- Charlie Graham stopped 67 shots as the Belleville Bulls edged the visiting Guelph Storm 6-5 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. . Schenn scored the game-winning goal and added two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday. MIAMI -- Christian Yelich reached 20 home runs in a season for the first time in his young career with the Miami Marlins.Yelich hit a solo home run off Max Scherzer in an 8-3 loss to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.The 24-year old outfielder had not hit more than nine home runs in a season before this year. He has a .299 average and a career-high 95 RBI.There is still room for him (to grow as a hitter), Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. That was one of the first true pull homers weve seen from him that he gets the ball up in the air he hits it clean and gets the right angle. Its coming. Hes only going to get better. Crossing those barriers, you start to know you can. To double (his homer total) in one season, your mind goes `I can do that.Tom Koehler (9-12) allowed four runs -- three earned -- in four innings for the Marlins. They had won three in a row to stay in contention for the second wild card spot.It kind of leaves us in the same spot, Mattingly said. It wouldve been nice if we could have won and cut a game off. Hopefully the Dodgers win tonight.Scherzer (18-7) strengthened his case to be the NL Cy Young Award winner. He pitched 6 2/3 innings to tie for the National League victory lead with 18.When we needed shut-down innings I was able to go out there and put up zeroes when we really needed it and it helped get the offense going, Scherzer said.Scherzer allowed three runs and struck out eight to push his major league-leading total to 267. Hes tied for with Chicagos Jon Lester for the most wins in the NL.He should be in strong consideration for a Cy Young, Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. I talked to him earlier and I gave him a number and said lets win six or seven of them and he said, `I want to win all of them. Thats the attitude you want and thats the attitude that he carries and the guys love playing behind him.Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run homer and Trea Turner also homered for the Nationals.We got some good offensive days out of some guys especially after our offense was a little sleepy the last couple of days, Baker said.Washington ended a four-game losing streak and lowered their magic number to two to win the NL East over the New York Mets with a chance to clinch on Friday at Pittsburgh.Ive never been a part of anything like this, buut its exciting, Turner said. Howard Wilson Browns Jersey. Every game means something even down the stretch playing for home-field advantage or whatever it may be. Its exciting and I enjoy it.Yelich hit a solo home run and Derek Dietrich hit a two-run homer to chase Scherzer in the seventh and cut it to 6-3.Prior to the home runs allowed by Yelich and Dietrich, Scherzer had only allowed two hits.Obviously there in the seventh-of course Im frustrated about that, Scherzer said. You cant walk away from an outing like that feeling great when you give up two home runs especially when your last pitch is a home run. But youll beat yourself up and drive yourself crazy if you try to sit here every single start worrying about the negatives. This start had way more positives and thats what Im going to focus on.Wilson Ramos had an RBI double and scored on a sacrifice fly in the eighth to extend the Nationals lead to 8-3.Washington scored its first run when Koehlers pick-off throw to second went into centerfield and Yelich was unable to field it cleanly allowing Danny Espinosa to score.Zimmermans three-run homer, his 15th, to left field gave the Nationals a 4-0 lead in the fourth.You cant really afford to spot Max a 4-0 lead, Koehler said. More times than not he gets four runs, hes not going to give it back.Jayson Werth had an RBI single and Turner hit his 12th home run for a 6-0 advantage.TRAINERS ROOMMarlins: RF Giancarlo Stanton was held out of the lineup after starting and homering in the last two games. Medical says he felt he needed a day so we gave a day, Mattingly said. ... LHP Adam Conley (finger) pitched a three-inning simulation game Wednesday with hopes of returning to the team before the season ends.UP NEXTNationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (11-10, 4.48) will take the mound on Friday in Pittsburgh against RHP Jameson Tailon (4-4, 3.39) to begin a three-game series against the Pirates in the final road trip of the season. Gonzalez has allowed six runs in two of his last three starts.Marlins: RHP Jose Urena (4-7, 5.59) will start Thursdays game against Atlanta RHP Josh Collmenter (2-0, 4.61). Urena allowed seven runs in two innings in his last start at Philadelphia. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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