Blue Jays fail to support Halladay once again

Updated: April 29, 2008

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Roy Halladay pitched his fourth straight complete game on Tuesday, but lost to the Red Sox 1-0.

A COMPLETE GEM

Roy Halladay is chasing history, albeit the pursuit of what would seem to be baseball's most unbreakable record. Halladay, in losing to the Red Sox, threw his fourth straight complete game on Tuesday night. Halladay is the first pitcher in the majors to throw four straight complete games since … he did it in 2003.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BASEBALL

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The Blue Jays haven't helped their ace much; they've lost three straight starts that Halladay has made (and finished). Toronto is sputtering in an AL East in which it looks like Tampa Bay and Baltimore are much improved. The Jays are wasting opportunities by not winning games like the one on Tuesday, in which they couldn't touch Boston starter Jon Lester.

And that record Halladay is pursuing … he has a long way to go. The mark for most consecutive complete games is an eye-popping 198, set by Jack Lynch from 1881-1890. But maybe Halladay could reach the American League mark of 54 complete games in a row, set by two pitchers, one of whose name you and Halladay may know: Cy Young.

UNHAPPY HALLADAY
How Roy Halladay has pitched in his last four starts:
W-L 1-3
ERA 2.86
IP/Hits 34.2/31
CG 4*
* The first pitcher to throw four straight complete games since Halladay did it in 2003.

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FORWARD THINKING: WEDNESDAY

Aaron Harang • Reds at Cardinals, 1:15 p.m. ET: Aaron Harang (1-3, 2.76 ERA) will make the start for the Reds. He's on pace to pitch more than 200 innings for the fourth straight season. He'll face Braden Looper (3-1, 4.05 ERA), who has allowed three or fewer runs in four of his five starts.

Cliff Lee • Mariners at Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET: Jarrod Washburn (1-3, 4.03 ERA) will get the start for the Mariners. In three road starts, he has allowed 22 hits in 18 innings pitched. Cliff Lee (4-0, 0.28 ERA) will counter for the Indians. He's pitched eight or more innings in each of his past three starts.

Ervin Santana • A's at Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET: Dana Eveland (3-1, 2.48 ERA) will make the start for the A's. He's allowed one home run in five starts (29 innings pitched). He'll face Ervin Santana (4-0, 2.97 ERA), who has given up a combined three runs in two starts at home.

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NEWS AND NOTES

Moises Alou • Mets outfielder Moises Alou was cleared to play after an MRI of his left ankle showed no damage. The oft-injured 41-year-old could be activated on Friday.

• The White Sox announced that their suspended game from Monday night, tied 3-3 with Baltimore after 11 innings when it was halted by rain, will be resumed before the two teams meet on Aug. 25.

Jason Schmidt • Dodgers right-handed pitcher Jason Schmidt, recovering from shoulder surgery last June, threw 78 pitches in a bullpen session and may start a rehab assignment this week.


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Jon LesterJon Lester allowed one hit while pitching eight shutout innings in the Red Sox's 1-0 win over the Blue Jays. He got a no-decision, however, when the Red Sox scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the ninth on a run-scoring single by Kevin Youkilis.
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Yankees• The Yankees stranded 13 runners on base, including eight in scoring position, in their 6-4 defeat to the Tigers.
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