Blue Jays-Orioles Preview

The Toronto Blue Jays have picked up where they left off against

the Baltimore Orioles.

Ricky Romero now gets his chance to continue his own dominance

of the Orioles, and Adam Lind’s scheduled return may boost those

chances.

Romero looks to extend his personal winning streak to four, and

Lind is expected back from injury when these teams meet at Camden

Yards on Saturday night.

Toronto (29-28) has won 21 of 27 against Baltimore (25-30) and

went 15-3 in the season series last year. The Blue Jays carried

that success into 2011, winning 8-4 on Friday.

Romero (5-4, 2.88 ERA) went 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in four starts

against Baltimore last year.

The left-hander, Toronto’s leader in wins, ERA and strikeouts

(66), has been outstanding over his last four starts, going 3-0

with a 1.21 ERA. He yielded two runs in seven innings of a 13-4 win

over Chicago on Sunday.

Lind is slated to be the designated hitter Saturday after he was

activated from the disabled list following the series opener. The

first baseman has been out since May 8 with a lower back

strain.

He was on a tear prior to getting hurt, hitting .457 with six

homers and 15 RBIs in 12 games. Lind has a .343 average over his

last nine meetings with Baltimore.

Toronto’s J.P. Arencibia is batting .308 with six RBIs in the

last six games after connecting for his first grand slam Friday.

The catcher is hitting .255, but his nine homers and 30 RBIs rank

among the rookie leaders, while 19 of his 41 hits have gone for

extra bases.

Arencibia is vastly more productive versus left-handers,

compiling a .357 average with four homers. He’s hitting .218

against righties.

“He’s done an excellent job at the plate and behind the plate,

and (Friday) he had a very good game all-around,” manager John

Farrell said.

The Orioles, losers of six of seven, will turn to Jake Arrieta

(6-3, 4.97). The right-hander will be looking to rebound from one

of his worst performances of the season in trying to gain a share

of the AL wins lead.

He surrendered four runs and four hits with four walks in 2 1-3

innings of a 4-3 loss at Seattle on Monday.

“I’m pretty upset about this one,” Arrieta told the Orioles’

official website.

Arrieta was impressive in his only start versus Toronto on Sept.

14, allowing four hits with five strikeouts in six scoreless

innings of an 11-3 win at Camden Yards.

Adam Jones is batting .407 with 11 RBIs in his last 12 home

games, and he’s hitting .347 with seven RBIs over his past 12

meetings with Toronto.

Jones is 8 for 23 with a homer against Romero.

The Orioles’ 37 errors rank among the most in the AL, and they

have committed 12 in nine games. Mark Reynolds’ error Friday – his

11th – led to two runs for Toronto.