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04/13/08 9:17 PM ET

McGowan seeks consistency in start

Toronto (7-5) at Baltimore (7-5), Monday, 7:05 p.m. ET

Consistency. That's the one thing Blue Jays starter Dustin McGowan wants to have during his third start of the season. In his first two starts this season, McGowan has allowed four runs on 11 hits with 11 strikeouts. But it's the six walks he'd like to eliminate.

"It's going to happen, and it's not going to be the last time," McGowan said. "I'm trying to get consistent, that's it. I'm OK with how I've done overall so far."

McGowan, though, has struggled against the Orioles. In six games, including three starts, he is 0-2 with a 7.52 ERA.

It will be up to him to keep the Blue Jays, who are tied for first in the American League East, rolling after they swept the Rangers in Texas for the first time since 1985.

The Blue Jays, on the other hand, went 10-8 against Baltimore last season and lead the all-time series 227-207. Toronto swept the O's at home last season in May, but haven't accomplished that feat in Baltimore since Aug. 20-22, 2004.

Pitching matchup
TOR: RHP Dustin McGowan (0-0, 3.27 ERA)
McGowan struggled with his command against Oakland in his last start. The right-hander allowed three walks and seven hits over five innings. But despite not having his best pitches working for him, McGowan was only touched for two runs. During the gutsy performance, the 26-year-old escaped a bases-loaded, none-out situation in the fifth inning without allowing any runs.

BAL: RHP Matt Albers (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Albers moves out of the bullpen and into the rotation for this spot start, an outing made necessary by last week's doubleheader. Albers, who made 18 starts last season, has yet to work longer than three innings this season. The Orioles will watch him carefully in his first start, and he'll likely return to the bullpen later in the week.

Alex Rios did not reach base on Sunday, ending his AL-leading 22-game streak dating back to last season. ... The Blue Jays used seven pitchers on Sunday, including B.J. Ryan. Ryan had not played in a Major League game since April 14 of last season. ... With the win on Sunday, the Blue Jays are now 3-0 in day games this season.

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Up next
• Tuesday: Blue Jays (Shaun Marcum, 1-0, 2.57) at Orioles (Steve Trachsel, 1-1, 3.00), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Blue Jays (Jesse Litsch, 2-0, 3.38) vs. Rangers (Kason Gabbard, 1-0, 2.13), 7:07 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Blue Jays (Roy Halladay, 2-1, 3.00) vs. Rangers (Vicente Padilla, 1-1, 3.79), 7:07 p.m. ET

Drew Davison is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.