Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle will take his Major League-best 10-1 record to the mound on Saturday to face his hometown Cardinals at Rogers Centre.
The native of Saint Charles, Mo., beat the Cardinals in his only career start against them, which came back in 2006 with the White Sox.
Fast forward to 2014, and Buehrle is out to the best start of his 15-year career. He is the first hurler to reach 10 wins this season and owns the title as the fastest-working pitcher in baseball, taking a remarkable 16.8 seconds on average in between pitches.
Buehrle continued to roll on Sunday in his latest outing, throwing eight scoreless innings in a 4-0 victory over Kansas City that improved his ERA to 2.10.
He will look to extend the Blue Jays' winning streak to seven games after the club took the series opener, 3-1, on Friday.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is running out of things to say about the veteran left-hander.
"He has really been great," Gibbons said. "Seems like every time I come in here you have to describe it the same way. That's what he does; he keeps you off balance and hits both sides of the plate. He's a pitcher."
Opposing Buehrle will be Shelby Miller, who is making his first career start against Toronto.
The 23-year-old right-hander cruised through six scoreless innings on Monday in his most recent outing, but he hit trouble in the seventh and ended up allowing four runs in a loss to the Royals. It was otherwise a bounce-back outing after Miller allowed seven runs against the Yankees in his previous start.
Miller, who has allowed six home runs in six road starts this season, has the challenge of keeping the ball in the park against the the power-hitting Blue Jays, who lead the Majors in home runs. The Cards' pitching staff has done well in that regard this season, having surrendered the third-lowest total (19) in the Major Leagues.
"They've had a nice start. They're driving the ball without question, and that gives us a great challenge to try and slow them down," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "We also look at it from the other side with our offense getting an opportunity to maybe play in a park where the ball is carrying. Overall, we have to control things as a pitching staff, and hopefully our pitchers make quality pitches."
Blue Jays: Encarnacion returns in win
After sitting out the series finale in Detroit, Edwin Encarnacion was back in the lineup for the Blue Jays as they opened a three-game set against St. Louis on Friday.
Encarnacion had a tight back on Thursday and did not play, but he was back batting fifth in the Blue Jays' order as the designated hitter.
Gibbons said he hoped Encarnacion would be able to play the field at some point over the weekend.
Encarnacion went 1-for-4 with a single on Friday.
Cardinals: Matheny returns to Toronto
Matheny is back in Toronto for the first time since he suited up as a member of the Blue Jays.
Matheny appeared in 57 games for the Blue Jays as a 28-year-old in the 1999 season, posting a .215 average with three home runs.
He spoke fondly of his time in Toronto on Friday afternoon, remembering some of the star pitching the team had that season.
"I loved playing here," he said. "I didn't play that much. I remember the bullpen was real nice, and the bench was comfortable. But it was a great place to be. I remember some of the names that were here with a Pat Hentgen, a Cy Young winner, and then you have [Chris] Carpenter and [Roy] Halladay right behind him. Paul Quantrill, just a pro.
"Watching [Carlos] Delgado and Shawn Greene really hit that next level of stardom. Those were guys that really thrived on doing things right and teaching the game. This was a great place to be. I loved living here. It was a great experience for me and my wife."
• Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (sore left shoulder) sat out of the lineup Friday. He was considered day to day entering Saturday.
• Yadier Molina on Friday was used as a DH for the first time this season. He will most likely be back behind the plate Saturday.
•The Blue Jays hit into their seventh all-time triple play in the sixth inning of Friday's game.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.