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TOR@NYY: Romero strikes out six over seven strong

Seattle entered Tuesday's matchup with Toronto having scored just 18 runs in the past nine games, but put four on the scoreboard in a win to open the series.

The Mariners are hoping for more of the same from the offense that tagged Blue Jays pitchers for 14 hits on the evening, especially manager Eric Wedge.

"We've had some success on the road, offensively, at times, so hopefully we can get back to doing that here," Wedge said. "This offense needs to grab the bull by the horns and take charge of everything, score early and hopefully continue to tack on. It all starts with your starting pitching giving you a chance to win, but we've got to get back to doing some of the things we did when we were successful, offensively, to loosen things up a little bit, no doubt about it."

Ricky Romero will be the man hoping to contain Seattle's bats as he takes the mound for Toronto. The Jays had pushed back Romero's start due to recent struggles, and gave him nine days of rest for Wednesday's matchup.

Romero is winless since June 22 and was roughed up for seven runs in one-plus innings in his last start against the Rays that also saw him give up eight hits and a walk.

"It's a little disappointing. The last thing I want to do is sit here in the dugout and just think about stuff," Romero said about his start being pushed back. "I want to get out there and I want to compete. But it is what it is, you've got to take it for what it's worth and move forward."

Blue Jays manager John Farrell said he likes what he's seen from Romero in his bullpen sessions with more rest.

"His bullpen sessions have been consistent with what he has been doing in the past, in terms of his routine," Farrell said. "But I think more than anything this is an opportunity to give him a little bit of a physical breather."

The Mariners are countering with veteran Kevin Millwood, who snapped a winless streak of six starts last time out. Over six innings in a win over the Red Sox, he gave up just one run on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts.

"Nothing spectacular, I just did a decent job locating my pitches," Millwood said of his last outing.

Mariners: Thames makes first trip back to Toronto
• Outfielder Eric Thames was drafted originally by the Blue Jays in 2008, and played a little more than one and a half seasons in the Majors before being traded to the Mariners in late July.

He made his return to Rogers Centre for the first time since switching uniforms, going 0-for-4 with three punchouts at the plate on Tuesday.

Though he spent time meeting with friends before Tuesday's matchup with the Blue Jays, he pointed out his time with the organization passed and he's focused on how he can contribute to the Mariners.

"I remember my first at-bat here and the fans and team and stuff like that," Thames said. "But I'm not getting caught up in that. That was fun, but now this is a new chapter in my career. Safeco is home for me now."

In 34 games with Seattle, Thames has batted .226 with four homers.

Blue Jays: Jenkins could break into rotation
• Lefty J.A. Happ was shut down for the rest of the season, prompting the Jays to add Aaron Laffey to the rotation. But with a doubleheader on the schedule set for Sept. 24, the Jays will be in need of another starter.

Manager John Farrell said Tuesday that righty Chad Jenkins might be the frontrunner for the start, and that Toronto could close out the rest of the season with a six-man rotation.

Jenkins began the year with a rough start with Double-A New Hampshire, but as one of the organization's top pitching prospects, he battled back and joined the Majors in August.

Since then, he's thrown 17 innings out of the bullpen over nine games, going 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA.

Worth noting
• Outfielder Anthony Gose is expected to make the start in left field for the Blue Jays on Wednesday. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and strikeout in right field on Tuesday.

• Millwood, the 37-year-old veteran, is just 2-8 with a 4.83 ERA in his career against Toronto. Comments