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TOR@TEX: Wang hurls seven scoreless innings for win

Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez will be making his first start since becoming a father this week.

He will face a red-hot Blue Jays team that is 13-4 in June, including nine in a row after Friday night's walk-off win.

Gonzalez left the Orioles this week to be with his wife as she gave birth on Monday to the couple's first child, Leah.

He was with the team in Detroit on Monday, but left before the game to join his wife in Los Angeles.

Because of the timing, Gonzalez did not miss a start. His most recent outing was Sunday -- Father's Day -- in which he allowed three earned runs over 6 1/3 innings. He has earned a win in each of his three previous starts.

Gonzalez will be opposed by Chien-Ming Wang, who threw seven shutout innings against the Rangers in his previous outing, just his second since joining the Blue Jays. Wang has gone at least seven innings in both of his starts this season.

Despite the Blue Jays' recent streak of success, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he knows he has his hands full with the Orioles in town.

"We're playing pretty good baseball right now," Gibbons said. "We just need to worry about tonight."

And this 10-game stretch against the American League East -- Toronto visits the Rays and Red Sox next week -- could prove pivotal for the Blue Jays, as they try to bust out of the cellar of the best division in baseball.

"There's no question you need to play good in your division. That's no secret," Gibbons said. "For the most part, we've held our own. The Yankees are the ones that have given us a lot of trouble. We just got to continue to play good baseball."

Blue Jays: Reyes nearing return
• Shortstop Jose Reyes went 1-for-4 with a double and run scored in his first rehab game with Triple-A Buffalo on Friday night. The shortstop, recovering from a sprained ankle, played all nine innings.

This weekend could be pivotal as to when he'll return to the Blue Jays' lineup. He is scheduled to play nine innings in each of Buffalo's three games this weekend.

When Reyes returns, it will be another offensive weapon for Gibbons, whose team has had a great June to date. But Gibbons was mum on Friday on exactly what Reyes' return could mean for Toronto's lineup structure.

"He'll definitely be at the top," Gibbons said of Reyes. "We're not sure what we'll do after that."

Orioles: Pearce hits DL
• The Orioles placed outfielder/designated hitter Steve Pearce on the 15-day disabled list with left wrist tendinitis.

The move is retroactive to Wednesday and allowed the team to reinstate Miguel Gonzalez from the paternity list, while still keeping first baseman Travis Ishikawa on the 25-man roster.

Ishikawa had taken the extra spot on the active roster that was created when Gonzalez took his paternity leave.

• Nolan Reimold played in left field on Friday for Double-A Bowie as he continues his rehab assignment.

Worth noting
• Chris Davis continues his torrid pace with the long ball. He took R.A. Dickey deep in the sixth inning for his Major League-leading 27th home run of the season.

• Entering Friday, Toronto was 26-0 when leading in the seventh inning or later, the only undefeated team in the Majors in such situations.

• The Blue Jays lead the all-time series, 286-246.

• Adam Lind is 5-for-11 in his career off Gonzalez. He's hitting .455/.500/.455 lifetime against the right-hander.

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