Lilly back Tuesday

MIKE RUTSEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

Ted Lilly, who has made two rehab starts as he recovers from biceps tendinitis, will return to the rotation on Tuesday in Baltimore against the Orioles.

The veteran left-hander has been on the disabled list since July 25. On the season, he is 8-9 with a 5.52 ERA.

As it turns out, Lilly will be one of three left-handers that will go against Baltimore. Gustavo Chacin (11-8, 3.73) will pitch tomorrow night's opener and Scott Downs (2-3, 4.06) is slated to go Wednesday.

"We'll keep Chacin on his (regular) day," Jays manager John Gibbons said of next week's rotation. "We want to get Ted in there and it just so happens that Downs is the next guy."

The odd man out with the return of Lilly is rookie right-hander Dustin McGowan, who will move to the bullpen. In seven starts, McGowan was 1-3 with an 8.13 ERA. In 341/3 innings, McGowan gave up 44 hits, including seven home runs, walked 16 and struck out 23.

SINKING LIKE A STONE

Alex Rios has simply stopped hitting. Since the middle of August, the Jays right fielder has been all but invisible at the plate.

From Aug. 14 to the end of the month, a period of 15 games, Rios was 5-for-48 (.104).

Rios had one of the Jays' two hits yesterday, a game in which he was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. He's 2-for-11 in three games in September and from Aug. 14 is a combined 7-for-59 (.119) with zero homers and just one RBI.

On Aug. 12 he was hitting .284 but his three-week slump has dragged his average down to .263.

DIAMOND DUST

Gabe Gross made his first appearance for the Jays since being called up from Syracuse on Thursday. He started in left field and went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored ... It was the sixth blown save for Jays closer Miguel Batista, who is 25-for-31 on the season ... The Jays' record in one-run games fell to 14-23. Their record in games decided in the final at-bat fell to 11-15 ... A pair of Jays hitting streaks went out the window in the two-hit loss. Frank Catalanotto was 0-for-4 to have his streak end at seven games. Eric Hinske was 0-for-3 and his hit streak ended at six games.


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