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CLE@OAK: Masterson shuts out the A's over seven

The Indians hope extra rest will give Justin Masterson an edge when he takes the mound against the Blue Jays on Friday night at 7:05 ET at Progressive Field.

Masterson will be pitching on five days' rest after escaping Saturday's 12-6 win over the White Sox with a no-decision thanks to some potent Indians offense. He allowed six runs -- five earned -- while walking five in 4 2/3 innings. Masterson has yet to factor into a decision through three starts this season.

The 29-year-old right-hander is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game weekend series vs. Toronto. He is 4-1 with a 2.79 ERA in 14 career games (six starts) against the Blue Jays.

It also marks the beginning of a seven-game homestand for the Tribe. Cleveland's bats have been clicking in the early going of 2014, even when the team's starting pitching has been less than ideal.

"The guys have been great putting runs up on the board," said Masterson following his latest outing. "Even our losses, they're putting up five or six runs, and I think that's a testament to where we're at. I mean, last year, we were a little streaky ... and there's going to be that time this year where us as starters are getting our feet a little wet, we're struggling a little bit, but I think we'll be OK."

Drew Hutchison draws the start for the Blue Jays, who will attempt to overcome a heartbreaking 9-5 loss to the Twins on Thursday night despite entering the eighth with a two-run lead.

Hutchison, 23, is coming off a solid performance against the Orioles on Sunday, when he tossed six scoreless innings in Toronto's 2-0 loss. He's been solid in two of his three starts this year, going 5 1/3 scoreless frames against the Rays on April 1 in his first outing of the season.

"He's got a good idea [of] what he's doing out there," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Hutchison, who missed the 2013 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The Blue Jays start the series after a cold three games in Minnesota, where chances of snow and temperatures as low as 28 degrees (-2 Celsius) forced the cancellation of Wednesday's game, prompting Thursday's doubleheader.

Indians: Allen owning the eighth
Through eight appearances, setup man Cody Allen has yet to allow an earned run, posting 12 strikeouts and two walks in six innings. Manager Terry Francona has turned to Allen in the middle of the eighth inning in four of the righty's outings.

"I actually like him to finish innings," Francona said. "He certainly can start an inning, but he's so good at finishing innings that it's a really valuable weapon. What we've done when it's available, we've had [Bryan] Shaw start innings and let him have clean innings, and let Cody clean up innings."

Blue Jays: Reyes due back Saturday
Shortstop Jose Reyes still plans to rejoin the ballclub in Cleveland. He was originally expected to be activated for Friday's game against the Indians, but the Blue Jays will instead wait one more day.

Reyes remained at the club's Minor League complex in Florida on Thursday, and he will go through a light workout Friday before traveling to Cleveland that night.

"We heard the weather is supposed to be [bad] Friday night, so the plan as of right now is to bring him back hopefully for Saturday's game instead," Gibbons said. "That way, you won't have a night game and then a day game, and you [won't] have to play him two games in 24 hours."

Reyes has been out since he suffered a strained hamstring during his first at-bat of the season. The Blue Jays will likely option either Munenori Kawasaki or Jonathan Diaz to the Minor Leagues upon Reyes' return.

Worth noting

• Indians designated hitter Lonnie Chisenhall was 4-for-4 at the plate against Detroit on Thursday, improving his average to .522 (12-for-23) on the season. He's now 6-for-8 since rejoining the club April 13 following the birth of his son.

• The Blue Jays bullpen set a franchise record by issuing eight walks during the eighth inning of Thursday night's loss to the Twins. Steve Delabar, Sergio Santos and J.A. Happ combined to allow six runs on eight walks, three wild pitches and just one hit as Toronto blew a two-run lead. It was the first time a team walked that many batters in one inning since the Orioles did it on April 19, 1996.

• Melky Cabrera had his 14-game hitting streak come to an end during Game 1 of Toronto's doubleheader vs. the Twins. Cabrera was the only player in franchise history to record a hit in the club's first 14 games of the season. Comments