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TOR@KC: Buehrle fans four, allows two earned runs

Cliff Lee has pieced together an impressive run of starts so far this season, and he'll look to continue down that path when he takes the mound against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Wednesday.

The Phillies left-hander has a 1.67 ERA in six starts since he allowed eight runs in five innings on Opening Day, but he has only three wins to show for his efforts. He has issued just six walks over 48 innings pitched, and entering Tuesday his 1.13 walks per nine innings was seventh best among National League starters.

He allowed one earned run in seven innings Friday against the Nationals in a no-decision, walking two batters.

The Phillies carried a one-run lead into the eighth inning that night, but the bullpen was not able to slam the door, and the Nationals rallied for three runs en route to a 5-3 victory.

"It was just one of those days where they got their hits they earned it," Lee said. "Those things happen in this game."

Lee is 2-5 lifetime against the Blue Jays in 11 starts. His latest start in Toronto came in 2012, a 6-5 loss.

Opposing Lee will be another lefty whose 2014 has gone relatively well. Mark Buehrle, the Blue Jays' best pitcher this season, takes the mound for Toronto for the 7:07 p.m. ET start.

Buehrle carries a 5-1 record and a 2.25 ERA into Wednesday's game. He's coming off a 6 2/3 innings win against the Royals in which he allowed two earned runs and two walks on seven hits while striking out four.

He throws for contact, and Buehrle is not a pitcher who is known for blowing batters away. That's evident in his 5.18 strikeouts per nine innings, which is also his career rate for that category.

"I need good defense behind me, because the ball is going to be put in play," Buehrle said. "I don't strike guys out."

Phillies: Rollins sits again
Jimmy Rollins did not start a second consecutive game Tuesday because of a right groin issue. He pinch-hit in the ninth and grounded out.

It was unclear if he would be in the lineup Wednesday night against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, which features artificial turf.

"Turf doesn't sound good right about now," Rollins said Monday.

Freddy Galvis has started at shortstop the past two games.

Blue Jays: Morrow gets positive prognosis
The Blue Jays do not expect Brandon Morrow to require surgery, and he may return near the All-Star break. Morrow tore a tendon sheath in his right index finger on Friday night in Pittsburgh.

He was placed on the 60-day disabled list and is wearing a large splint on his hand. If surgery had been required, Morrow's season would have come to an end, but general manager Alex Anthopoulos does not appear to think that will be necessary.

"From what I was told that wasn't going to be needed," Anthopoulos said. "If something changes down the road, but from what I was told at the time, surgery was not required. ... I think when [the doctors] talked to us, they figured and guys told us, around the All-Star break is when we can expect him back."

Worth noting
• The Phillies on Thursday against the Blue Jays will play the 20,000th game in franchise history. They are 9,406-10,478 with 114 ties or no-decisions. The Phillies will be just the fourth team to play 20,000 games. The Cubs, Braves and Giants are the others.

• Phillies pitchers entered Tuesday with a 2.78 ERA in their previous 12 games, which is the second-best ERA in baseball since April 21.

• The Blue Jays entered play on Tuesday night with the most production from their outfield compared with any other team in the American League. Toronto outfielders ranked first in OPS (.882), slugging (.519), runs (63), home runs (21), walks (47) and extra-base hits (46). Comments