Blue Jays-Orioles Preview
The Orioles will try for their eighth win in 10 home meetings with the Blue Jays in the opener of a three-game series Monday night.
Although Adam Jones homered and Chris Davis stayed hot, the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied from a three-run deficit for a 7-4 win on Sunday that snapped Baltimore's three-game winning streak. The Orioles (10-8) pounded out 10 hits - giving them 42 over their last four games - but were held scoreless over the final six innings after totaling 23 runs during their win streak.
Now Baltimore hopes to bounce back against a Toronto team it outscored 45-25 while winning seven of nine meetings at Camden Yards last season.
The Blue Jays (8-11) will have a new look this time after making several big moves in the offseason, but are struggling to meet expectations.
Toronto, which has lost four of six, is last in the AL East despite salvaging its finale against the New York Yankees with an 8-4 comeback win on Sunday.
"Maybe today is something that'll get us going," manager John Gibbons said.
They'll try to win consecutive games for only the second time this season behind left-hander J.A. Happ, who makes his first career start at Camden Yards.
After tossing 5 1-3 shutout innings against Boston to win his season debut, Happ (2-1, 5.06 ERA) has allowed nine runs and 11 hits over 10 2-3 innings in his last two starts. He surrendered five runs - including a pair of home runs - in 5 2-3 innings in a 7-0 home loss to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
"I felt I was making pitches, making several in a row and they'd make you pay," Happ said. "So it's frustrating in that sense to put us down early."
Happ allowed three runs and struck out nine in five innings in a 4-0 loss to Baltimore last September.
He'll have find a way to contain Jones, who is 4 for 6 lifetime against the left-hander. Jones also batted .426 (29 for 68) with seven homers in 18 games against Toronto last season.
Davis, who is 9 for 15 over his last four games, also crushed Toronto with a .393 average (24 for 61) and nine homers in 2012.
Baltimore will try to provide some run support for Chris Tillman (0-1, 7.07), who has had a difficult time regaining the form that helped him go 9-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 15 starts last season. Opponents have a .403 on-base percentage against the right-hander.
Jose Bautista, who played in the field Sunday for the first time since April 14 after serving as the designated hitter while battling a back injury, has four hits - including a double and two homers - in nine career at-bats off Tillman.
Adam Lind, however, is just 3 for 14 with four strikeouts in this matchup.
The Blue Jays had plated 22 runs and hit .206 during an eight-game stretch before scoring eight and going 11 for 31 Sunday.