Blue Jays-Orioles Preview

Brett Lawrie’s major league debut was a success. It also helped

the Toronto Blue Jays continue their domination over the Baltimore

Orioles.

The 21-year-old Lawrie should get another crack at the

last-place Orioles on Saturday night as the Blue Jays try move

above .500 on their road trip.

The British Columbia native had two singles and drove in a run

in his major league debut Friday, a 5-4 Toronto victory. He also

committed a fielding error while starting at third base, but it

didn’t lead to any runs.

“I’m glad I got the first one out of the way,” Lawrie said of

his debut, becoming the 17th Canadian to play for the Blue

Jays.

Manager John Farrell, ejected in the seventh inning, was pleased

with Lawrie’s demeanor.

“If there weren’t nerves tonight, he wouldn’t be human,” he

said. “I’m sure there was some anxiety, some emotion running high.

What was most impressive was how he approached each and every

at-bat.”

Aaron Hill drove in two runs for the Blue Jays (57-55) as they

avoided losing three straight for the first time since July 5-7 and

improved to 2-2 on their trip, which concludes with Sunday’s series

finale.

Toronto has won three straight over the Orioles and has gone

22-6 against them since the start of last season, with its starters

posting a 2.93 ERA.

The last Blue Jays pitcher to lose to Baltimore was Brandon

Morrow (8-5, 4.58 ERA), who takes the mound Saturday.

He’s 6-1 with a 3.59 ERA in his last nine games with a defeat to

the Orioles being the only blemish. On July 26 in Toronto, the

right-hander was lit up for seven runs in 3 1-3 innings of the 12-4

loss.

He bounced back with a solid effort against Texas on Sunday,

striking out a season-high 11 while allowing two runs in seven

innings of a 7-3 victory.

Morrow is 1-0 in four games, including two starts, at Camden

Yards.

Adam Jones, who hit his 19th homer Friday and leads Baltimore

with 65 RBIs, is 3 for 13 with five strikeouts against Morrow.

After a subpar effort in his first major league appearance in

more than two months, Chris Tillman (2-4, 5.16) is expected to

start for the Orioles.

The right-hander will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to the

take the roster spot left open when Jake Arrieta goes on the 15-day

disabled list with an elbow injury. Arrieta leads the Orioles with

10 wins.

Recalled from the minors last Saturday to start the opener of a

day-night doubleheader with the New York Yankees, Tillman was

charged with seven runs – five earned – in 4 1-3 innings of the 8-3

defeat. It was the fourth straight start in which Tillman failed to

reach the sixth inning.

Tillman is 0-2 with a 5.01 ERA in four career outings versus the

Blue Jays but has never faced them in Baltimore.

The Orioles (43-66) have dropped eight of 11.