TORONTO, ONT (LEARFIELD-WSAU) It's a national holiday in Canada, and that's why the Milwaukee Brewers have a noon game today in Toronto.
The Crew is opening a two-game Interleague series against the Blue Jays, who have a three-game losing streak but still lead the American League East by a game over Baltimore. Milwaukee still has a six-and-a-half game edge over Saint Louis in the National League Central, after both those teams were idle yesterday.
Cincinnati fell to third place at seven games back, after dropping a 1-nothing game at San Diego.
Today, the Brewers will see their former teammate Juan Francisco, who was let go by the Crew in March after almost one season with the team. Francisco is batting .236 with 12 homers and 30 R-B-I's. On Sunday, he filled in at third base for another prominent ex-Brewer -- former top prospect Brett Lawrie, who's on the disabled list with a broken right index finger.
Right-hander Marco Estrada will start for the Crew today against Toronto right-hander Drew Hutchison. The first pitch is at 12:07 as Canadians celebrate Canada Day, the anniversary of when the country became self-governing. You can hear the game on WSAU at 11:30