06/14/10 7:40 PM ET
Youngsters Latos, Cecil square off at PETCO
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
Including Monday's 6-3 win by the Blue Jays, Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has hit safely in 12 of his past 15 games and is hitting .417 (20-for-48) over his past 12 games. Gonzalez's teammate, outfielder Tony Gwynn, went 0-for-3 to snap his season-high eight-game hitting streak Monday but is still hitting .379 (11-for-29) over his past nine games.
As for Cecil, he has won each of his past five starts, making him the first southpaw to do so for the Jays since Gustavo Chacin in 2005. In his past five outings, Cecil has a 1.49 ERA over 36 1/3 innings, lowering his opponents' batting average to an American League-leading .206 in the process.
On Thursday at Tampa Bay, Cecil picked up a win after allowing one run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. He admitted after the game that his 109-pitch outing was his most difficult of the season because his command was off.
"I take more pride in this win than any I've had all year," said Cecil. "I think a lot of pitchers would take more pride in a win like this, because I had to battle with location and I needed to make pitches when I had to. Location-wise, it just wasn't there. Leadoff walks in the game, that's just not me. But I was able to battle through that stuff and make the pitches when I needed."
Latos has been on a roll in his past eight starts, including a six-inning, two-run performance against the Mets in his last outing. The rookie hasn't allowed more than three runs in a game over that stretch and only failed to complete six innings one time while posting a 2.08 ERA.
Moreover, the right-hander has fanned 51 batters in 52 innings during that stretch.
Latos could have pitched longer in his last start, but Padres manager Bud Black chose to give his fresh bullpen some time on the mound instead.
"We want to win games," Black said. "With that, I think it's always in the back of my mind where he's headed as we move deeper in the schedule. A lot of it is sort of a game-by-game feel of how he's doing."
Blue Jays: Power hitting 101
John Buck's two homers on Monday gave the Blue Jays a Major League-best 101 home runs. ... The Blue Jays are 2-5 in Interleague Play this season. Last season, the Jays went 7-11 against the National League, and overall, the club is 110-126 against the NL. ... The Jays are 18-16 away from Toronto this season.
Padres: Blanks transferred to Triple-A
Outfielder Kyle Blanks was transferred from Class A Lake Elsinore to Triple-A Portland on Monday as part of his rehabilitation assignment. He was placed on the disabled list on May 20 (retroactive to May 18) with a strained right elbow. ... Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, who has missed 34 games this season over two disabled list stints, will likely go on the Minor League rehabilitation assignment later this week. ... Veteran Matt Stairs, who went on the disabled list on June 11 with what initially was termed a strained right knee, has two bruises in the bone of the knee as well as two cracks in the cartilage and a Baker's cyst.
In 13 years of Interleague Play, the Padres have finished above .500 just once (11-4 in 1999) and at .500 once (8-8 in 1997). The club is 4-3 in Interleague Play this season. ... Toronto's Travis Snider, who was placed on the DL on May 15, has yet to begin a Minor League rehab assignment due to persistent soreness in his right wrist. Snider is roughly two weeks past his eligible return date, making it seem as though the injury might be more severe than originally believed. "I can't say that," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "We didn't know how bad it was. So far, there's not anything broken, but who knows? They might find something there. So far, it's just been sore. That's all."
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