Penny opens road set with Blue Jays
Los Angeles (39-30) at Toronto (33-35), Tuesday, 4:07 p.m. PT
The Dodgers travel to Canada to face the Toronto Blue Jays for the opener of a three-game series at Rogers Centre on Tuesday. The contest will be a rematch of a June 8 matchup between Brad Penny and Dustin McGowan.The Dodgers are struggling in Interleague Play for the third consecutive season. They are 2-7 this season and are 1-20 in Interleague road games since 2005. The Blue Jays are 6-5 in Interleague action this season and 88-97 since the inception of cross-league play in 1997. The Dodgers and Jays played three games at Dodger Stadium from June 8-10, with the Dodgers taking the first game, 4-3, in extra innings. The Blue Jays bounced back and won the second game, 1-0, in a magnificent pitching matchup between Shaun Marcum and Derek Lowe, and Toronto took the finale in convincing fashion beating the Dodgers, 11-5. The Blue Jays now lead the overall series 5-4 and are 2-1 against the Dodgers at Rogers Centre. "It's always a little tougher to play on the road, but we just have to go out there and start winning," said reliever Rudy Seanez, who earned a win against the Blue Jays on June 8. "I think the only difference in the AL is some of the ballparks are a little smaller. Otherwise it's just another team." Penny is 1-0 with a 4.24 ERA in three career starts against Toronto, and in his last outing against the Blue Jays, a no-decision on June 8, he allowed one run on five hits while fanning seven over 7 2/3 innings. Penny is going for his team-leading ninth win of the season and vying to earn his second consecutive All-Star berth. In McGowan's only start against the Dodgers, he allowed two runs on four hits while striking out four in the no-decision. "Well, we got six games left against Toronto and Tampa Bay, and we need to get better," said manager Grady Little of his team's Interleague struggles. "[Toronto] is a team that swings the bat well, but like I said, we feel we have a good ballclub over here." Pitching matchup
LAD: RHP Brad Penny (8-1, 2.18 ERA)
Penny allowed a two-out run in the first inning of his last start, then he turned his game up a notch and shut down the Mets over the next seven innings to complete a series sweep. TOR: RHP Dustin McGowan (3-2, 4.78 ERA)
After a rough start to the season, McGowan has been outstanding of late. The 25-year-old fireballer is 3-1 with a 3.20 ERA over his last five starts. In each of those outings, McGowan lasted at least six innings and didn't allow more than three earned runs. In his last start against the Giants, McGowan picked up his third win of the season by allowing just two earned runs on seven hits while striking out six over six innings of work.
Player to watch
Luis Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs against McGowan on June 8. In his career against Toronto, Gonzalez has six homers, five doubles and 16 RBIs in 20 games.
All-time Interleague record: 82-88
All-time record vs. Toronto: 4-5
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Wednesday: Dodgers (Hong-Chih Kuo, 1-1, 3.60) at Blue Jays (Roy Halladay, 7-2, 4.37), 4:07 p.m. PT
Thursday: Dodgers (Jason Schmidt, 1-4, 6.31) at Blue Jays (Shaun Marcum, 4-2, 3.41), 4:07 p.m. PT
Friday: Dodgers (Derek Lowe, 7-6, 3.08) at Devil Rays (Andy Sonnanstine, 1-1, 7.11), 4:10 p.m. PT
Jayson Addcox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.