American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, June 21st
(All times Eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (42-31) at Toronto Blue Jays (35-36), 7:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Jason Hammel (7-4, 5.24)
Toronto - R.A. Dickey (6-8, 4.90)
(Sports Network) - R.A. Dickey searches for some consistency on Friday when
the Toronto Blue Jays begin a three-game series versus the Baltimore Orioles
at Rogers Centre.
Dickey, the National League's reigning Cy Young Award winner, has struggled in
his return to the American League, going just 6-8 with a 4.90 ERA. He has
alternated wins and losses his last four times out, but was solid Saturday in
Texas, as he beat the Rangers by holding them to a run and seven hits in 5 2/3
"At the end of the year, you take out your four best and your four worst,"
Dickey said. "It's the other 22 starts in the middle that are really who you
Dickey was hammered for his runs in 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the O's back on
May 25 and is 2-4 with a 4.11 ERA in nine games (6 starts).
Toronto starts this series playing its best baseball of the season. The Blue
Jays won their eighth straight game on Wednesday, as Adam Lind hit a three-run
home run in 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Emilio Bonifacio and Melky Cabrera drove in one run apiece for Toronto, which
saw starter Mark Buehrle (4-4) allow two runs on eight hits and a walk over
The Blue Jays, who have won 11 of their last 13 games, are in the midst of
their best stretch since winning 10 in a row in 2008.
"We're getting the job done right now and hopefully we'll continue," said
Lind. "Everyone protects everybody and the more times we can get through the
order, the more times we see what that pitcher has."
Trying to slow them down on Friday will be righty Jason Hammel, who missed
his start earlier in the week while dealing with a stomach virus.
Hammel is winless in his last three starts, but did not get a decision on
Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, as he allowed four runs
and seven hits in six innings of a 9-5 loss. He is 7-4 on the year with a 5.24
In 11 games (8 starts) against the Blue Jays Hammel is 4-1 with a 3.81 ERA.
Baltimore also enters on a high note after taking two of three from AL
Central-leading Detroit. On Wednesday, Chris Davis' two home runs and five RBI
helped the Orioles coast to a 13-3 blowout.
Davis registered his fourth and fifth RBI of the day on a two-run homer in the
ninth inning, while Chris Tillman (8-2) allowed three runs on seven hits and
three walks with one strikeout in five innings of work.
The Orioles had 17 hits in the series finale and have now won eight of their
last 11 games. They are now just a game back of the first place Boston Red Sox
in the AL East.
"This is a tough place to come in and win a series," Davis said. "Their
pitching staff and lineup, they're obviously one of the best teams in the AL."
Baltimore has won four of its seven matchups with the Blue Jays this season.
06/21 10:42:11 ET