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Buehrle, Price square off in Blue Jays-Tigers rubber match

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8/10/2014 10:27:03 AM
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After enjoying a walk-off victory on Saturday afternoon to force a rubber match, the Toronto Blue Jays will close out their weekend set with the Detroit Tigers Sunday at Rogers Centre.

Saturday's contest needed extra innings to be decided, and in the bottom of the 10th inning Danny Valencia got aboard with a leadoff single and Nolan Reimold plated him with an RBI double to lift the home team to victory.

"It was a great day all the way around," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "It was really the only way to end it."

It was the second comeback of the afternoon for the Blue Jays on the afternoon. In the bottom of the ninth, Dioner Navarro delivered a game-tying RBI single.

Jose Reyes went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.

Marcus Stroman was outstanding, completing nine innings and allowing just four hits and two earned runs, but it was Aaron Loup (4-3) who earned the win with a scoreless 10th.

For the Tigers, Max Scherzer dominated for eight innings, yielding four hits and one earned run, striking out 11 and walking none. After Joe Nathan blew the save in the ninth, Joba Chamberlain (1-5) gave up the walk-off hit.

Detroit opened up a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning on a two-run double by Victor Martinez, one of just four hits for the squad on the afternoon.

Tigers newcomer and Sunday starter David Price was strong in his Detroit debut on Aug. 5 at Yankee Stadium despite serving up a pair of home-run balls. He pitched 8 2/3 innings in the no-decision, allowing three earned runs with 10 strikeouts and zero walks.

"(I'm) happy it's over and happy we won," Price said. "Finally feel part of the team."

On the season, Price is 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA. He also leads the majors in strikeouts (199) and has issued only 23 walks.

The veteran southpaw has won both his starts against the Blue Jays this season, allowing only two earned runs over 15 1/3 innings, and is 15-2 lifetime in 19 matchups with Toronto.

Mark Buehrle will get the call for Toronto. After a hot start to the season, he's come back down to earth in recent weeks and now sits with an 11-8 record and a 3.27 ERA.

Buehrle has given up four earned runs or more in three of his last four starts, including on Aug. 5 in a loss to Baltimore when he lasted just four innings, allowing 10 hits, three walks and four runs.

The 35-year-old lefty has a 3.60 ERA in 70 innings at Rogers Centre this season. In 35 career games (34 starts) against the Tigers, Buehrle is 18-10.

Mark Buehrle (Photo: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Today's Blue Jays lineup vs. Tigers

1. Jose Reyes-SS
2. Melky Cabrera-LF
3. Jose Bautista-RF
4. Danny Valencia-1B
5. Dioner Navarro-C
6. Nolan Reimold-DH
7. Steve Tolleson-3B
8. Colby Rasmus-CF
9. Ryan Goins-2B
SP Mark Buehrle

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