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SEATTLE -- The Blue Jays have decided against making any changes to their rotation and will instead give each of their five starters some extra rest.

Toronto has three off-days coming up in the next week. The first one is Thursday with another two on the way before and after a short two-game series in Milwaukee.

There had been some speculation that right-hander Drew Hutchison would have his next start skipped while the possibility of a three-man rotation also had been raised. In the end, the Blue Jays thought everyone could use a breather.

"It will do them all some good," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "They all get at least one extra day now."

Right-hander Marcus Stroman will get the start Friday night vs. the White Sox and will be followed by veteran Mark Buehrle and Hutchison. Left-hander J.A. Happ and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will then get the call for the two games vs. the Brewers.

The starters in Chicago will be pitching on one extra day of rest while the pair in Milwaukee will have an extra two. By the time the Blue Jays return home for a series against the Rays on Aug. 22, it will be Stroman, Buehrle and Hutchison pitching on an extra two days of rest.

"I think they can all use it," Gibbons said. "We've been pretty fortunate, they've all pretty much hung in there. So, when we get the chance, we want to give them a little break."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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