Shaun Marcum is gearing up for the first of a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics as the Toronto Blue Jays head to the Coliseum tonight.

Marcum hopes to put the brakes on a personal two- start losing streak. He had ended the month of July with three straight wins, but has not continued that streak into August. Marcum lost his initial two starts this month, surrendering 13 runs in 10 innings in those games. Marcum currently sits at 10-6 on the season, while raising his earned run average to 3.87.


The Blue Jays are nine games behind Tampa Bay in the A-L wild-card chase, while the A's have lost three games in a row.