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Richards to start Tuesday vs. Orioles; Francis activated

Trevor Richards Toronto Blue Jays Trevor Richards - The Canadian Press

The Toronto Blue Jays will start right-hander Trevor Richards Tuesday night against the Baltimore Orioles, the team announced.

Right-hander Bowden Francis was also activated from the 15-day injured list and was called up Tuesday, with righty Ryan Burr heading down to Triple-A Buffalo.

Francis is expected to draw the bulk innings against Baltimore Tuesday behind Richards. Francis is 2-2 so far this season with an 8.59 ERA in five games. He has not pitched in the majors since April 24.

Burr, 30, has a 2.70 ERA in two outings with Toronto this season. He allowed a ninth-inning home run to Ramon Urias in Monday's 7-2 loss. 

The Blue Jays head into play Tuesday last in the American League East at 28-31.