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McGowan gets start
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Thursday, Dustin McGowan got his opportunity to be back on the big stage of baseball as he made his first start of the 2007 season for the Toronto Blue Jays.  
He was brought up from the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs earlier in the week because Gustavo Chacin had an injured shoulder.  
Unfortunately, McGowan did not keep pace with his Triple-A performance and the Blue Jays lost to the Cleveland Indians 6-5.
Making his debut in Cleveland, the 25-year old started the game strong as he allowed no hits in the first and only one hit in the second inning. But in the third he struggled, walking two batters, allowing a hit and committing an error, resulting in the Indians scoring three runs.
He came out on fire in the fourth, striking out the first two batters, and finished the inning with his team up 4-3. However, in the fifth he gave up a double and a triple and Cleveland went up 5-4.
In the game, McGowan faced 25 batters, striking out four and walking five. He threw 103 pitches with 57 being strikes. He completed five innings and ended the game with a 9.00 ERA.
Though this wasn’t one of his best performances, he should have at least two more starts to show manager John Gibbons, he has what it takes to stay in Toronto.
With the loss, it gave Cleveland a sweep of the three game series against the Blue Jays.  
McGowan and the Blue Jays will have the opportunity to make up some ground on the AL-East leading Red Sox, next week when Boston travels to Toronto for three games. McGowan should also get his second start of the season in this series when it begins Tuesday.
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