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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.