American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 24th
(All times Eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (10-6) at Baltimore Orioles (9-7), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Henderson Alvarez (0-1, 4.66)
Baltimore - Tommy Hunter (1-1, 5.79)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Tommy Hunter makes his 10th career appearance
against Toronto in his 69th big-league outing tonight, when the Baltimore
Orioles open a three-game series against the visiting Blue Jays at Camden
Hunter, a 25-year-old from Indianapolis, entered the season having won one of
four decisions in nine career meetings with Toronto, before getting another
no-decision when he faced the Blue Jays in a 7-5 Baltimore win at Rogers
Centre on April 13.
In that game, Hunter, a 13-game winner with Texas in 2010, allowed four earned
runs on six hits in six innings. Four of the five total runs against him were
on home runs.
In 46 lifetime innings against Toronto, he's posted a 6.65 earned run average
and allowed 54 hits - including 14 homers.
He's pitched once since the Toronto game and dropped his initial decision of
the season against the Chicago White Sox, 8-1, on April 18.
The Blue Jays send 22-year-old Venezuelan-born Henderson Alvarez to the mound
in search of his second big-league victory.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder had one victory - against Baltimore - in 10 starts
last season. He faced the Orioles twice overall, emerging with a no-decision
in the second matchup and allowing just three runs on 12 hits in 15 innings.
He was 0-1 with four no-decisions after the win in 2011 and opened 2012 with
another loss and two no-decisions in three starts.
Overall this season, he's given up 16 hits and 10 runs in 19 1/3 innings.
On Monday in Kansas City, Brandon Morrow allowed just one run over 6 2/3
innings as the Blue Jays took a 4-1 decision over the Royals to complete a
four-game sweep at Kauffman Stadium.
Morrow (1-1) scattered seven hits and struck out three in the victory, while
Francisco Cordero pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to record his second
save of the year.
Jose Bautista belted a two-run blast and Kelly Johnson added a solo shot to
help the Jays earn their 10th win of the season.
On Sunday in Anaheim, Robert Andino scored the winning run in the top of the
10th inning to guide Baltimore to a 3-2 victory over the LA Angels in the
finale of a three-game set.
Andino walked off LaTroy Hawkins (0-1) to start the 10th, moved to second on
Endy Chavez's bunt and third on J.J. Hardy's groundout before coming home on
Nick Markakis' sharp grounder off the glove of Angels second baseman Howie
Pedro Strop (2-1) allowed one run on one hit over two innings of relief to
record the win. Jim Johnson worked around a one-out double in the 10th for his
seventh save of the year as the Orioles salvaged a win after dropping the
first two games of the series.
Baltimore finished off its 10-game road trip at 6-4.
"We had a successful road trip for the most part, we'd like to have won all 10
of them," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Let's see if we can keep this
Toronto went 27-9 against Baltimore the previous two seasons, but the Orioles
opened up this year's season series by taking two of three in Toronto.
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