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TOR@SF: JJ returns from injury with six strikeouts

Fresh off a four-game sweep of the Rangers in the Texas heat, the Blue Jays return to the comfort of Rogers Centre on Monday to begin a three-game series with the Rockies.

The Blue Jays are certainly happy to return not only home, but also to cooler weather. Jose Bautista started at designated hitter in Sunday's win after leg cramps forced him to leave Saturday's game early.

Like the weather in Texas, the Blue Jays have been hot, returning to Toronto as winners in eight of their last 10. The Rockies, meanwhile, travel north after taking two of three against the Phillies at Coors Field.

Both starters, Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa and Blue Jays righty Josh Johnson, have recently dealt with nuisances on their pitching hands.

De La Rosa pitched through a cut on his middle finger two starts ago. In his last start, he checked out fine health-wise but labored, giving up three runs on four hits and walking three in 5 1/3 innings of a loss to the Nationals.

Johnson dealt with a blister on his right middle finger against Texas during his last start. He remained in the game but struggled with his command, lasting only five innings because of a high pitch count.

He allowed three runs on five hits and walked four but did not want to use the blister as an excuse.

"I still need to make pitches and get outs," Johnson said. "I'm not going to make that the reason why I was throwing balls or walking people."

Rockies: Cuddyer's streak at 14
Michael Cuddyer's hitting streak has reached 14 games, the longest active streak in the National League and the longest by a Rockies player this season. He is batting .383 with five doubles, two homers and nine RBIs during the streak.

• Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has recorded a hit in six straight games, hitting three doubles, a triple and three home runs in that span.

Blue Jays: Club adds Evans as consultant
The Blue Jays hired Jamie Evans this week as a consultant after Evans has helped various Jays pitchers with his weighted-ball program, which strengthens muscles around the shoulder.

"I'm excited to join the Blue Jays; they have an unbelievably knowledgeable staff who care about their players, and I'm hoping to help in any way that I can," Evans told

Evans will work exclusively with the Blue Jays but will be permitted to continue working with amateurs.

• Johnson is 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA in six games (five starts) against Colorado.

Worth noting
• De La Rosa's lone career start against the Blue Jays came April 11, 2007. The Rockies lefty has allowed one run in his last 14 innings on the road. Comments