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Toronto Blue Jays' Carlos Villanueva pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 21, 2012. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Toronto Blue Jays' Carlos Villanueva pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 21, 2012. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

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Jays host Tigers for three-game series Add to ...

The Toronto Blue Jays will begin a three-game series Friday, against the Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

Friday:

Toronto RHP Carlos Villanueva (5-0, 2.86 earned-run average) vs. Detroit RHP Rick Porcello (7-5, 4.40)

Saturday:

Toronto RHP Henderson Alvarez (6-7, 4.61) vs. Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez (5-7, 3.94)

Sunday:

Toronto LHP Brett Cecil (2-3, 5.82) vs. Detroit RHP Doug Fister (4-7, 4.03)

NEED TO KNOW

The Blue Jays lock horns for the first time in 2012 with the Tigers, who are back where everybody felt they would be heading into the season – contending for the American League Central crown. The Tigers, already a good team, got even better during the off-season when they lured free-agent slugger Prince Fielder to town with a monster contract. But it took a recent hot streak to get them back up to the top of the standing alongside the Chicago White Sox. Anibal Sanchez, who was obtained in a trade earlier in the week from the Miami Marlins, will make his Detroit pitching debut Saturday.

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