Matchup: Roy Oswalt vs. Carlos Villanueva
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Villanueva (6-3, 3.12 ERA): He started the season in the bullpen but has been starting since June 29. In eight starts this season, Villanueva is 4-2 with a 3.04 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 14 walks. ... He has five quality starts in those eight outings, including the last two. ... His last start was Aug. 13 against the Chicago White Sox. He gave up one run on five hits in seven innings and got a no-decision in the Blue Jays' 3-2 win. ... Villanueva won all four of his starts in July, making him 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA for the month. But he's 0-2 in August with a 3.79 ERA. ... He's 1-0 with a 3.26 ERA in seven appearances (one start) vs. Texas in 19 1/3 innings.
Hitters: Josh Hamilton is 4-for-5 with a homer, a triple and two RBIs off Villanueva. ... Mitch Moreland is 2-for-6. ... David Murphy and Elvis Andrus are 2-for-15 combined with no RBIs. ... Three healthy Toronto players have at least 10 at-bats off Oswalt: Edwin Encarnacion (.125, 3-for-24), Omar Vizquel (.118, 2-for-17) and Colby Rasmus (5-for-10).
Sun at Tor: LHP Matt Harrison (13-7, 3.24) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (7-10, 4.48), 12:07 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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