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Swan Song? Jake Westbrook Scheduled To Start Against Jays Hours Before Trade Deadline

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Blue Jays are riding a four-game winning streak and will attempt to continue the string of strong play against the Cleveland Indians in the second of three weekend games at Rogers Centre.

Righty Jake Westbrook will get the ball for Cleveland this afternoon, and he will attempt to improve a 6-7 record and 4.65 ERA. He allowed three runs over eight innings on Monday, but a lack of run support led to defeat. In 127 2/3 innings of work this season, Westbrook has permitted 133 hits and 44 walks while striking out 73 batters.

Westbrook is 2-1 with a 4.57 ERA in five career games at Rogers Centre.

As for Brett Cecil, who is the scheduled starter for the Blue Jays today, he has quietly put together a solid season, posting an 8-5 mark and a 3.89 ERA to date. Cecil did not figure in the decision of Sunday's game against Detroit despite seven solid innings, and he is 1-0 in July with a 2.39 ERA.

Cecil beat Cleveland in his only start against the team this season, pitching eight innings of one-hit ball with 10 strikeouts.

Yesterday, Jose Bautista's grand slam and league-leading 31st home run highlighted a six-run fourth, as the Blue Jays cruised to an 8-1 rout of the struggling Cleveland Indians at Rogers Centre.

Bautista tied the club record with his 11th home run of July and finished with three hits, as the Blue Jays snapped a four-game losing streak to Cleveland. Fred Lewis also homered as part of the 14-hit attack, while Yunel Escobar and Lyle Overbay both had multi-hit efforts.

"I feel really good. I'm getting ready on time," Bautista said. "I'm seeing a lot of pitches over the plate, and I'm taking advantage of it. Hopefully, I can ride this wave as long as I can."

Shaun Marcum (10-4) was dominant in the start, allowing just one run and three hits while fanning a season-high 10 over seven frames.

Matt LaPorta's sacrifice fly was the only offense for the Indians, who have lost three straight and six of seven. Justin Masterson (3-10) was pounded for eight runs on a career-high 13 hits and two walks over only 5 1/3 innings to take the loss.

"It seemed like you kind of need something to keep them on edge," Masterson said. "They're free-swinging -- that's what they did. They beat us at what they're good at -- hit a few home runs."

Cleveland and Toronto have split their eight meetings so far this season.

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