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Stroman aims to move past blister, stop Astros

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Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman is expected to make his scheduled start today as Toronto plays host to Houston in the third game of a four-game series.

Stroman left his last start on Monday against the Yankees after just 79 pitches and five innings due to a developing blister on his throwing hand.

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Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman is expected to make his scheduled start today as Toronto plays host to Houston in the third game of a four-game series.

Stroman left his last start on Monday against the Yankees after just 79 pitches and five innings due to a developing blister on his throwing hand.

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"Stro is good to go tomorrow, but you never know if that [blister] flares up," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said while discussing his bullpen prior to Friday's game.

The 26-year-old Stroman is 8-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 17 starts this season.

Houston will counter with Mike Fiers, who has bounced back nicely after allowing 18 home runs in 46 2/3 innings over his first nine starts. The right-hander has gone 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA over his last seven starts, and he hasn't allowed a home run in a span of 41 innings.

Fiers threw four scoreless innings in a win over the Yankees on Sunday, but allowed four walks while striking out seven. The 32-year-old is 5-3 with a 3.80 ERA in 16 starts this season.

Three things to know about this game

• Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was named as a replacement for the American League All-Star team on Friday. The 22-year-old right-hander has converted 21 consecutive save opportunities after blowing three of four to open the season.

• Astros shortstop Carlos Correa extended his hit streak to a career-best 15 games with a two-run home run off Aaron Sanchez in the first inning on Friday night. Correa has also reached base safely in a career-high 23 straight games, dating back to June 10.

• Blue Jays righty Joe Biagini returned to the bullpen on Friday after making 10 starts. With Sanchez activated from the disabled list, Dominic Leone was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding move.

Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, Mike Fiers, Marcus Stroman