TORONTO â€" A year ago at this time Graham Glasgow Jersey , Francisco Liriano was pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays amid speculation that he would be traded.
The left-hander is again a subject of trade speculation as he returns to the Rogers Centre on Friday night as the starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, who will try to end a nine-game losing streak in the opener of a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Tigers (36-46) lost 4-2 to the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park on Thursday afternoon. The Blue Jays (37-43) had the day off after completing a 3-4 trip with a heartbreaking 7-6 loss to the Houston Astros on Wednesday on Alex Bregmanâ€™s two-run, walk-off homer.
Both teams are expected to trade some veteran players by the July 31 deadline for deals without waivers.
Liriano (3-3, 3.94 ERA) will face Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman (0-5, 6.80). Both pitchers will make their second start after returning from the disabled list.
The Blue Jays did trade Liriano on July 31 to the Astros, who went on to win the World Series. In the deal, Toronto received outfielder Teoscar Hernandez, who has become a regular.
Liriano signed with the Tigers as a free agent on Feb. 23.
He will make his 12th start of the season in the series opener. Liriano went on the DL with a strained right hamstring after making his start on May 26 and did not pitch again until Saturday when he took the loss at Cleveland, allowing three runs (two earned), four hits and three walks in four innings.
All of the runs came in a 40-pitch first inning. He did not allow another hit in the next three innings.
â€śI was rushing things,â€ť Liriano said. â€śI hadnâ€™t pitched in a while and I was trying to do too much, trying to do more than I can do Kody Clark Capitals Jersey , and I ended up missing pitches. â€¦ Everything feels great. Leg feels good, body feels nice.â€ť
The 34-year-old has faced the Blue Jays seven times in his career, including five starts, going 1-4 with a 5.40 ERA. He last pitched against Toronto on Aug. 5 with Houston when he took the loss after allowing one run, one hit and one walk in two-thirds of an inning in relief.
In 18 career appearances, including 17 starts, at the Rogers Centre, Liriano is 8-4 record with a 4.03 ERA and 98 strikeouts.
Stroman also returned from the DL on Saturday when he allowed six hits and one walk while striking out five in five scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Angels. He did not factor in the decision of a game the Blue Jays won 4-1.
He had not pitched since May 8 because of inflammation in his right shoulder, a problem that shortened his spring training. Stroman believes that in retrospect he probably should have taken a couple of more weeks to build up the shoulder before starting to pitch in the regular season.
â€śWhen Iâ€™m going good, I feel like Iâ€™m pitching at 80, 85 percent and thatâ€™s where Iâ€™m at right now,â€ť Stroman said. â€śEarlier in the season http://www.brownsauthorized...way-jersey , I was max effort, I was pitching at 100 percent every pitch and now Iâ€™m back to being very free and easy. Once Iâ€™m free and easy, I can do whatever I want.â€ť
Stroman said the shoulder â€śfeels way better.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m moving way easier, I can pause, I can mess with my delivery now, I can do many things I wasnâ€™t able to do previously in the year,â€ť he added. â€śFeels great.â€ť
In two career starts against the Tigers, he is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA.
The Tigers won two of three games against the Blue Jays at Comerica Park on June 1-3. Detroit will try to win its first season series against Toronto since 2013. The Tigers lost two of three games at the Rogers Centre last season, the fourth straight series they have dropped in Toronto.
Edwin Jackson is making the most of his opportunity with yet another new team.
The 34-year-old journeyman earned his first win with Oakland, pitching neatly into the seventh inning as the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Saturday for their season-high sixth straight victory.
Jackson (1-0) signed a minor league contract with the Aâ€™s on June 6 and is now with his record-tying 13th major league team. He gave up only two hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked none in his second start for Oakland.
â€ťIâ€™m not playing for the money. Iâ€™m not playing for anything else but to come have fun,â€ť he said.
Jackson was in the minors for Washington earlier this season, then joined the Aâ€™s. With their rotation beset by injuries, the Athletics gave Jackson a chance.
Matt Olson, Dustin Fowler and Josh Phegley homered to help the Aâ€™s win for the 12th time in 14 games. Theyâ€™ve won seven straight against Cleveland and nine of their last 10 against the Indians in Oakland.
Jackson has won 10 consecutive decisions over Cleveland, a streak dating to 2008. His string against the Indians is the longest since Charlie Hough beat them 13 straight times from 1984-88.
Jackson has 13 strikeouts and hasnâ€™t allowed a walk in 12 2/3 innings through his first two starts with Oakland. He topped out at 97 mph on Saturday.
â€ťBased on the way he was available and the way heâ€™s been able to pitch for us itâ€™s a surprise, but heâ€™s always been able to do that a little bit with the sinker and the four-seamer,â€ť Aâ€™s manager Bob Melvin said.
â€ťNow he just manipulates a little bit more and the offspeed stuff with the changeup speed and the slider. . It really keeps you off-balance,â€ť he said.
The AL Central-leading Indians lost for the fourth time in five games.
The Aâ€™s trailed 2-0 going into the sixth, when Franklin Barreto became their first baserunner with a leadoff double against Adam Plutko (4-2). Phegley followed with his second home run and Oakland took a 3-2 lead when Fowler scored from first on Mark Canhaâ€™s double.
â€ťI was extremely happy with the first four (innings) and how could you not be?â€ť Plutko said. â€ťEven in the fifth I liked what I was doing, but in the sixth they came out with four straight hits, flexed their muscle and that was the game.â€ť
Francisco Lindor hit his 20th homer and Jose Ramirez hit his 24th in the Cleveland fourth.
Oakland broke the game open in the eighth http://www.chiefsauthorized...adi-jersey , when they homered twice in a four-run inning. Fowler hit his fifth home run leading off the inning against Dan Otero, and Olson hit a two-run shot off Josh Tomlin, his 18th.
Rookie Lou Trivino induced Yonder Alonso to hit into a game-ending for his third save. Trivino came into the game after the Indians loaded the bases with one out in the ninth off Santiago Casilla on a hit, a walk and a hit batter.
The Aâ€™s finally got their offense going at home, where going into Saturday were batting .233 and averaging 3.61 runs per game at the Coliseum. Oakland is hitting .263 and averaging 5.55 runs on the road.
Indians: LHP Tyler Olson (latissimus dorsi strain) threw his first bullpen on Friday and is expected to throw off a mound again on Sunday. â€¦ LHP Ryan Merritt (left knee sprain) threw 48 pitches on Friday in a rehab game with Triple-A Columbus. . RHP Carlos Carrasco (right elbow contusion) was expected to throw 65 pitches in a rehab game with Double-A Akron on Saturday.
Athletics: 3B Matt Chapman (right thumb contusion) will take BP on Sunday and could be activated for Tuesdayâ€™s series opener against San Diego without going on a rehab assignment. â€ťEven if we donâ€™t feel like potentially heâ€™s up to speed offensively, he can save some runs out there defensively,â€ť Melvin said.
RHP Mike Clevinger (6-3, 3.03 ERA) is 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA in two outings (one start) against Oakland. Heâ€™s 2-1 with a 2.07 ERA over his last four starts. RHP Frankie Montas (4-1, 3.68) is 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA over his last three starts.