Toronto manager John Gibbons believes his struggling club will benefit from a change of scenery. He may want to rethink that considering where the Blue Jays are headed to open a six-game swing.
Looking to snap a seven-game losing streak in Milwaukee, the Blue Jays make their first visit to Miller Park on Tuesday night to take on the Brewers.Toronto (35-36) hasn't faced the Brewers on the road since 1997, when they called County Stadium home and last played in the American League. During their slide in Milwaukee (36-33), which dates back to September 1996, the Blue Jays have been outscored 25-8 including two shutouts.The Brewers took two of three from the Blue Jays in Toronto in 2005 in their only previous interleague meeting.The Blue Jays, who also will visit Pittsburgh starting on Friday, have dropped 10 of their last 14 including a 7-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. Joe Inglett, who entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning, had two of Toronto's six hits."We're scuffling, that's probably an understatement," Gibbons told the Blue Jays' official Web site. "Maybe it's good to hit the road -- change of scenery."Toronto has lost four of its last five away from home, en route to a 17-19 record.Milwaukee also hasn't fared well recently, losing five of nine after a season-high six-game winning streak. The Brewers defeated Minnesota 4-2 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.Mired in a 6-for-45 slump at the time, Mike Cameron hit a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Brewers up 3-2"Mike needs to play to get going and when he gets going like we've talked about before -- you guys haven't seen it yet, but he can really carry a team," manager Ned Yost said.Cameron, who was suspended for the first 25 games this season (banned stimulant), is hitting .225 with 10 homers in 38 contests.Both starting pitchers will try to extend streaks in the opener.The Brewers will hand the ball to Manny Parra (5-2, 4.66 ERA), who will try to win his fourth straight start and fifth consecutive decision. On Wednesday, the left-hander allowed three homers among 10 hits -- both season highs -- through 5 1-3 innings of a 10-6 win at Houston.Parra is 3-0 with a 2.90 ERA in seven home starts this year. He has never faced Toronto in his two-year career, and this will be his first interleague start.Dustin McGowan (5-4, 3.92) counters for the Blue Jays, looking to win his fourth straight decision. McGowan pitched a five-hitter against Seattle last Tuesday, and struck out a season high-tying seven strikeouts in a 3-1 win.The right-hander is 1-3 with a 6.02 ERA on the road this season. He's never faced Milwaukee, but is 2-2 with a 4.76 ERA in five interleague starts.Toronto first baseman Lyle Overbay returns to Milwaukee for the first time since being traded by the Brewers in December 2005. He hit .289 in two seasons with them."They were always good to me," said Overbay, who's batting just .095 (2-for-21) in his last six games. "And the fans were always pretty good fans ... Hopefully, they won't boo me too bad."