Dustin McGowan P TOR 1 Month

Dustin McGowan recorded five outs for his first career save Friday against the Orioles.

McGowan entered the game with two on and two outs and got Chris Davis to strike out swinging and Nelson Cruz to ground out to end the threat. He worked around a single from Manny Machado in the ninth inning to lock down the victory. McGowan has allowed just one run in 13 1/3 innings since being moved to the bullpen in mid-May.

Dustin McGowan P TOR 2 Months

Dustin McGowan fell to 2-2 following Wednesday's start against the Indians, allowing four runs over four innings of work.

McGowan allowed nine hits, walked two, and struck out three in the effort. He has been unreliable in the rotation, now sitting with a 5.08 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. The Jays' bullpen didn't help matters, allowing 11 runs in the five innings after he exited the game. Prospect Marcus Stroman, hoping a spot opens up in the rotation, allowed five of those runs, which may give McGowan a tiny amount of extra breathing room. If McGowan gets another crack at it, he'll face the Red Sox on the road next.

Dustin McGowan P TOR 3 Months

Dustin McGowan pitched five innings and allowed two runs Friday against the Angels.

McGowan was decent, but the Blue Jays are just postponing the inevitable by keeping him in the rotation and putting Marcus Stroman in the bullpen. Those two should switch roles before long.

Dustin McGowan P TOR 3 Months

Dustin McGowan tossed seven innings of one-run ball in the Blue Jays' win over the Pirates on Sunday.

McGowan has been pitching for his job over his last two starts and has performed admirably under the circumstances, allowing three earned runs in 13 innings. Marcus Stroman is up in the majors now and will be breathing down McGowan's neck for a crack at a rotation spot.

Dustin McGowan P TOR 3 Months

Dustin McGowan will make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Pirates.

McGowan has been inconsistent so far this season, but he allowed just two runs over six innings last time out against the Orioles, so the Blue Jays aren't ready to pull the plug just yet. Still, top prospect Marcus Stroman has been lined up to start on the same day as him in Triple-A and it's likely just a matter of time before he takes his place in the rotation.

Dustin McGowan P TOR 3 Months

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that Dustin McGowan will make his next scheduled start.

McGowan gave up six runs in four-plus innings Wednesday against the Orioles and now holds a 6.88 ERA through four starts. The oft-injured 31-year-old has admitted that he's dealing with a bit of fatigue, so he might not be long for the rotation if he continues to struggle. On a related note, Gibbons has considered the possibility of using a sixth starter to give the rotation some extra rest.

Dustin McGowan P TOR 3 Months

Dustin McGowan was tagged for six runs in four-plus innings by the Orioles on Wednesday.

McGowan says he's healthy, but he talked after the game about hitting a wall after 60-65 pitches. If it continues, the Jays might figure they're better off with him in the bullpen. He's currently carrying a 6.88 ERA through four starts.

Dustin McGowan P TOR 3 Months

Dustin McGowan yielded three runs in four innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Twins.

McGowan walked four tonight. He was terrific against the Orioles last week, but he's been ineffective in his other two starts to date. Given the likelihood of an injury down the line, he doesn't have much value in AL-only leagues.

Dustin McGowan P TOR 3 Months

Dustin McGowan tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball in a 2-0 win over the Orioles on Friday night.

The win was his first in the majors since June 22, 2008. McGowan held the Orioles to just five hits (four of them singles) and one walk while hitting two batters. He notched two strikeouts. Who knows how long he'll hold up, but he's a really easy story to root for.

Dustin McGowan P TOR 4 Months

Dustin McGowan has been named the Blue Jays' fifth starter.

He'll join R.A. Dickey, Drew Hutchison, Mark Buehrle, and Brandon Morrow in Toronto's rotation and will start the team's home opener. Meanwhile, J.A. Happ will begin the season on the disabled list due to a back injury. McGowan has only made four starts at the major league level since 2008 and remains a poor bet to stay healthy, but it will be an interesting story to follow at the very least.