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29 Dustin McGowan RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/240 | Birthdate: 3/24/1982 | Birthplace: Savannah, GA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: /images/baseball/mlb/players/170x170/223562.png | Owned/Started%: 1/1 | Average Draft Position: 330.62

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Report: Twins eyeing FA pitchers McGowan, Ondrusek


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) The Twins are not done trying to bolster what in 2014 was a woeful pitching staff. Among the free agents in whom they are interested are sometimes-starter Dustin McGowan and full-time reliever Logan Ondrusek, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

McGowan pitched in a career-high 53 games last year with Toronto, compiling a 5-3 record and 4.17 ERA. Ondrusek has declined over the last two seasons and managed a 3-3 mark with a 5.49 ERA with Cincinnati in 2014.


Blue Jays decline options on Dustin McGowan, Justin Smoak


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2014) The Blue Jays have declined 2015 options on pitcher Dustin McGowan and first baseman Justin Smoak.

The team opted to pay McGowan a $500,000 buyout rather than $4 million next season, while Smoak will receive a $150,000 buyout instead of a $3.65-million contract.


Dustin McGowan picks up loss in relief


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan picked up the loss in one inning of relief Saturday against the White Sox.

McGowan entered the game with a two run lead. With two men on, McGowan allowed a three-run home run to Dayan Viciedo on the first pitch he threw. The Blue Jays were unable to mount a comeback, tagging McGowan with the loss. He fell to 4-3 on the year. 


Dustin McGowan picks up four-out save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan worked his way past a hit and struck out three in a four-out save -- his first of the season -- Friday night against the Orioles in Baltimore. McGowan owns a 3.96 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP and 33:18 K:BB ratio in 52 1/3 innings pitched.

Dustin McGowan hopes bullpen helps keep him healthy


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan has struggled to recover after each of his starts this season, and was finally moved to the bullpen Thursday. He told MLB.com he hopes the move can help prolong his career.

"By that fourth day I felt like I could throw again and by game day I'm fine," he said, after noting he was usually fighting through pain in his off-days. "At that slow pace, if I keep going at that rate, I might not be ready to go on that fifth day. It took a lot out of me. Now I have to save some to keep going and prolong my career."

McGowan pitched out of the bullpen in 2013 while recovering from shoulder surgery, posting a 2.45 ERA in 25 2/3 innings of work. He had a 5.08 ERA in 39 innings over eight starts this season. 


Dustin McGowan heading to the bullpen


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan is heading to the bullpen, according to the National Post

McGowan has struggled as a starter this year, posting a 5.08 ERA over 39 innings. The club has not announced who will fill his spot in the rotation. It's assumed either Marcus Stroman or Todd Redmond will get the first crack at the job. 


Dustin McGowan gives up four runs in loss vs. Indians


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan was saddled with a loss Wednesday after giving up four earned runs on nine hits and two walks in four-plus innings while striking out three in his team's 15-4 loss to the Indians.

McGowan (2-2) gave up a run in the second inning and another in the fourth to enter the fifth inning down 2-0. After surrendering a double, a home run and a single in succession, he was removed with no outs in the fifth. McGowan owns a 5.08 ERA and 25:17 K:BB ratio in 39 innings. He's scheduled to face the Red Sox Tuesday.


Dustin McGowan hit hard, limits damage in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan wasn't terribly sharp Friday, but earned a no-decision in a 4-3 loss to the Angels.

McGowan allowed only two runs in his five innings of work, despite scattering seven hits and a pair of walks. He struck out just two batters, but left the game with the score tied, 2-2, taking the no-decision.

McGowan has picked up his play recently, allowing two or fewer runs in three consecutive starts to lower his ERA to 4.63. His next start is set for Wednesday against the Indians. 


Dustin McGowan allows only one run on way to second win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Blue Jays starting pitcher Dustin McGowan had one of his best starts of the season during a 7-2 win Sunday against the Pirates. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits and three walks, while striking out five in seven innings.

McGowan (2-1) ran into some trouble at the beginning of Sunday's game, allowing a leadoff triple to Josh Harrison. Neil Walker then drove him in on a groundout to first base. But that would be the only run Pittsburgh managed against McGowan.

He had 1-2-3 innings in the second, third and seventh innings. He lowered his ERA from 5.87 to 4.80. McGowan, who hasn't lost in five starts, will be back on the hill Saturday against the Angels.


Dustin McGowan will make scheduled start on Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters that pitcher Dustin McGowan will make his next scheduled start on Sunday against the Pirates, TSN.ca reports.

McGowan has struggled this season and was on the verge of being moved to the bullpen, but now that the team will use a six-man rotation, he'll get another shot. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP over 23 innings pitched.

Blue Jays considering moving Dustin McGowan to bullpen


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) The Blue Jays are considering moving starting pitcher Dustin McGowan to the bullpen, MLB.com reports.

While manager John Gibbons said Wednesday that McGowan is "probably going to start again," he's also intrigued by what the righty would bring to the bullpen. If McGowan does get moved to a relief role, it'll be because the Blue Jays think top prospect Marcus Stroman is ready to join the big-league rotation.


Dustin McGowan pitches well in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Blue Jays starting pitcher Dustin McGowan twirled a quality start Tuesday, but took a no-decision in a 10-7 loss to the Royals.

McGowan limited the Royals to three runs -- two earned -- in six innings of work, on three hits. He walked three batters as well, while striking out just two and throwing 58 of 92 pitches for strikes.

McGowan has struggled early in the season, raising doubts about his ability to remain in the rotation. He has a 5.87 ERA and 1-1 recording with his next turn in the rotation set for Sunday in Pittsburgh. 


Dustin McGowan on a short leash


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan could be on a short leash, according to Sportsnet.

The club pushed pitching prospect Marcus Stroman's start to Tuesday, so he pitches the same day as McGowan. McGowan has had a tough time through his first four starts, posting a 6.88 ERA. If he falters during his Tuesday start against the Royals, there's a sense Stroman could replace him in the rotation. Earlier this week, there was a report that Stroman was close to pitching in the majors.


Dustin McGowan staying in the rotation


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Though manager John Gibbons expressed some concern about Blue Jays starter Dustin McGowan's stamina as a starter, he is not planning to move him out of the rotation. Gibbons told SportsNets.ca Thursday McGown will make his next start, scheduled for Tuesday in Kansas City. 

Manager worried about Dustin McGowan stamina


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Three poor performances in four outings for Blue Jays starter Dustin McGowan has John Gibbons a bit concerned. So does the pitcher struggling to perform deeper into games.

"If it's on his mind, that's a little bit of a red flag," Gibbons told the MLB Radio Network. "The ball is coming out good, the stuff's good."

The results are not good. Aside from a six-inning shutout performance in a defeat of Baltimore, he has given up 13 runs on 19 hits in 10 2/3 innings. He failed to exceed four innings pitched in any of those starts.


Dustin McGowan roughed up in no-decision Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan gave up six earned runs on five hits and one walk in four-plus innings while striking out five Wednesday, but he didn't factor into the decision in his team's 10-8 loss to the Orioles.

McGowan opened the fifth inning with a 6-3 lead but allowed a walk and an infield single before hitting a batter to load the bases. That ended his night, and the next pitcher to the mound would surrender a grand slam to bring all those inherited runners home. McGowan, who gave up two home runs himself in the start, has turned in a 6.88 ERA and 13:7 K:BB ratio in 17 innings. He's next up against the Royals in Kansas City Tuesday.


Dustin McGowan lasts only four innings in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan was not at his best as he lasted only four innings on Thursday, but managed to escape with a no-decision in a 9-5 defeat to the Twins in Minnesota.

McGowan allowed a solo home run to Brian Dozier in the opening frame and a two-run double to Chris Colabello in the fifth before the end of his night. He was charged with three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three over four innings of work. He ran his pitch count to 85, with 49 of his pitches called for strikes.

McGowan has allowed seven runs over his first 13 innings pitched to start the season. He'll take the hill Wednesday at home against Baltimore.

R.A. Dickey, Dustin McGowan to pitch in doubleheader


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) The Blue Jays will start R.A. Dickey in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Twins after Wednesday's game was postponed due to inclement weather. Dickey was scheduled to start Wednesday.

Dustin McGowan will start the second game of the doubleheader, per Sportsnet.ca.


Dustin McGowan blanks O's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan put together a dominant outing on Friday, collecting his first win of the season against the Orioles in Baltimore.

Making his second start of the season, McGowan (1-1) yielded only five hits and one walk while striking out two over 6 1/3 innings pitched in a 2-0 victory. He tossed 90 pitches, 58 of which were strikes. It was his first win since June of 2008.

McGowan has posted a 4.00 ERA with a 5:2 K:BB ratio over nine innings pitched. He will make his next start Thursday at Minnesota.

Dustin McGowan pushed back an extra day


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan has been pushed back to Friday, according to MLB.com.

McGowan was slated to start Thursday, but the team will give him an extra day of rest before his next start. McGowan was set to be a reliever until the last couple days of spring, when the team announced he would be the fifth starter. McGowan had not started a game since 2011, so the team wants to be sure he has enough time to recover. 

McGowan will take on the Orioles Friday.


Dustin McGowan tipping his pitches in first start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan was tipping his pitches during Friday's start against the Yankees.

Pitching coach Pete Walker noticed McGowan was tipping his pitches mostly when throwing out of the stretch. He was aware of the issue during the start, but was unable to get McGowan to adjust during the game. McGowan acknowledged it was a problem after the start. "I’ve got to fix that tipping thing for sure," McGowan said. "Even I noticed after the first inning they were just putting good swings on every pitch I threw. I knew something was wrong."

McGowan tossed just 2 2/3 innings during the start. He'll attempt to regroup, and is expected to pitch against the Astros in his next appearance.


Dustin McGown rusty in first start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Blue Jays starting pitcher Dustin McGowan wasn't sharp at all in his first outing of the season Friday, as the Blue Jays fell to the Yankees, 7-3.

McGowan couldn't even make it out of the third inning in his debut, as the Yankees chased him before he could record the final out of that frame. He was charged with four runs on eight hits and a walk in 2 2/3 innings of work. He struck out three batters and walked one, while throwing 45 of 72 pitches for strikes and taking the loss.

McGowan was making his first start in the majors since 2011, so some rust was to be expected. His next turn in the rotation is set for Thursday against the Astros. 


Dustin McGowan cleared for Friday start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan threw 77 pitches in a minor-league game Sunday afternoon and has been cleared to start Friday's home opener against the Yankees, MLB.com reports.

"It went good, got in my pitches, and felt great again today, so I'm ready now," McGowan said Monday. "I actually feel better today than I did [Sunday] ... It's been the same the last three times I've pitched, so you can't ask for anything more than that."

McGowan should be able to throw 90 to 95 pitches in Friday's home opener.


GM: J.A. Happ destined for return to rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos plans on embattled pitcher J.A. Happ returning to the starting rotation as soon as he recovers from a back injury, per the National Post.

"I see him getting healthy and being back in the rotation, absolutely," he said.

That might not happen if replacement Dustin McGowan performs well, especially considering Happ has been a disaster on the mound the last three seasons and into this spring. He struggled to the tune of a 20.57 ERA and equally absurd 4.29 WHIP in four exhibition starts.


Blue Jays set rotation as Dustin McGowan wins final spot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced his rotation plans Wednesday, which included the announcement of Dustin McGowan winning the final spot in the rotation.

After R.A. Dickey starts opening day, the Blue Jays rotation will be Drew Hutchison, Mark Buehrle, Brandon Morrow and McGowan, who starts the home opener April 4 against the Yankees.