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Blue Jays hope to keep rolling without Bautista vs. White Sox

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6/27/2014 10:34:41 AM
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No Jose Bautista, no problem.

At least that's the hope for the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night when they host the Chicago White Sox for the second of a four-game series.

Bautista has missed four games thanks to a hamstring injury, but the Blue Jays have won three times while scoring 25 runs and compiling a .324 batting average without him.

The team's 1-2-3 hitters -- Jose Reyes, Adam Lind and Melky Cabrera -- put together eight hits, four runs batted in and four runs scored in the series opener on Thursday.

Bautista could be back for the weekend portion of the series.

On the contrary, the Chicago pitching rotation has posted a 5.83 earned run average during an 11-game road stretch in which the White Sox have won just once.

R.A. Dickey gets the starting call for the Blue Jays with a chance to end a two-start skid in which he's allowed just five runs in 14 1/3 innings, but had only four runs of offensive support.

"I think all but one of my earned runs over my last four or five starts have come on home runs," Dickey said. "That's tough to overcome."

He's unbeaten in his last seven starts at home, but the White Sox pasted him for seven runs in five innings of a 10-6 Chicago victory when they last met last season.

Lefty John Danks goes for the White Sox and faces the Blue Jays for the seventh time. However, he's not met them since May 2011, when he lasted just four innings and gave up nine runs in a 13-4 loss.

Danks was a 6-5 loser on Sunday at Minnesota while allowing six runs on 10 hits in five innings.

On Thursday, J.A. Happ tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings as the Blue Jays blanked the White Sox, 7-0.

Happ (7-4) struck out eight and scattered four hits while walking two for Toronto.

Lind posted three hits and three RBI in the triumph, while Reyes had four hits, two runs scored and an RBI.

Scott Carroll (2-4) yielded five runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings for the White Sox.

R.A. Dickey (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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