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Richmond gets start for Jays in finale

Richmond gets start for Jays in finale

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays will look to earn a series victory over the Red Sox with a win in Sunday's afternoon affair at Rogers Centre. Toronto will send starter Scott Richmond, who will be in search of his first Major League victory, to the mound.

Richmond -- a native of North Vancouver, British Columbia -- will also look to shake off some rust as it has been a while since he has appeared in any sort of game action.

The 29-year-old right-hander spent time with the Jays earlier this year and was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse when rosters expanded on Sept. 1. However, he has yet to pitch since then. Richmond's last mound appearance came on Aug. 29, when he threw in a Minor League start.

Richmond got the nod for Sunday's start when the Jays recently learned that Shaun Marcum is in need of Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery on his right arm. Marcum's injury has now opened a spot for Richmond in Toronto's starting rotation during the final week of the season.

"Richmond is probably going pitch a couple of games here," said Jays manager Cito Gaston. "Hopefully he can step up and help us out."

With Toronto's 2009 rotation in an uncertain state, there is a possibility that Richmond could be included in the mix of those competing for a job next year.

A nice finish to the season would definitely not hurt his chances of doing so.

Pitching matchup
TOR: RHP Scott Richmond (0-2, 5.06 ERA)
Richmond will be making his first career appearance against the Red Sox.

BOS: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (17-2, 2.93 ERA)
In six career starts against the Blue Jays, Matsuzaka is 3-1 with a 4.58 ERA.

Bird seed
Roy Halladay (19-11) and A.J. Burnett (18-10) have combined for 37 victories this season. That figure is first in the Majors among wins by a duo. The 37 wins also ties a club mark for most wins by a pair of Blue Jays starters in season. In 1992, Jack Morris (21) and Juan Guzman (16) also combined to post 37 victories. ... The Blue Jays have played in 55 one-run games this season, the most of by any team in the Majors. They are 24-31 in such contests. As well, the 55 one-run games are the most Toronto has played in a single season since 1984 (59 games).

Tickets
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On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• CBC, TBS

On radio
• FAN 590

Up next
• Monday: Off-day
• Tuesday: Blue Jays (Jesse Litsch, 12-8, 3.72) vs. Yankees (TBD), 7:07 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Blue Jays (David Purcey, 3-6, 5.54) vs. Yankees (TBD), 7:07 p.m. ET

David Singh is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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