American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, July 13th
(All times Eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (44-48) at Baltimore Orioles (52-42), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Todd Redmond (1-1, 3.55)
Baltimore - Jason Hammel (7-5, 5.03)
(Sports Network) - The Baltimore Orioles will try for their fourth straight
win on Saturday afternoon when they continue their three-game set with the
Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards.
As has been the case for most of the season, the Orioles powered their way to
victory on Friday night, downing the Blue Jays 8-5.
Chris Davis' historic first half continued, as he finished 2-for-4 while
belting his Major League-leading 35th home run. With two more RBI this
weekend, Davis would join Miguel Cabrera as the only players in league history
to record at least 30 homers and 90 RBI before the All-Star break.
Adam Jones had three hits, including his 17th homer of the year, and J.J.
Hardy also left the yard for his 16th, upping Baltimore's home rum total to
128, best in the bigs.
"These guys grind out at-bats all ballgame long. It's fun to watch," Orioles
winning pitcher Chris Tillman said. "I've said it a hundred times -- the
quicker you get these guys back in the dugout and in the batter's box, the
more is going to happen."
Tillman (11-3) did his part getting back on track after having a personal
six-game winning streak snapped in his latest start, allowing three runs over
six innings of work. After Tommy Hunter found himself in some trouble in the
ninth, Jim Johnson recorded the final out for his Major League-leading 32nd
Mark Buehrle (5-6) was saddled with the loss, surrendering eight earned runs
in six innings to up his ERA to 4.89.
The Blue Jays collected 14 hits on the night -- five more than the Orioles --
but left 20 runners on base. Edwin Encarnacion added to the fireworks with his
24th home run of the season, as did J.P. Arencibia with his 16th.
Todd Redmond (1-1, 3.55) is set to make his second start of the season on
Saturday afternoon for Toronto. Redmond allowed just one hit over five innings
of work on July 7 in a win over Minnesota, the first of his career.
"He couldn't have done a better job," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of
Redmond was 3-1 with Triple-A Buffalo this season but had an ERA of 5.06 over
26 2/3 innings.
For the Orioles, Jason Hammel will take the hill attempting to win his first
game since late May. Despite his winless streak, Hammel is still a solid 7-5
on the year, although his 5.03 ERA has been far from ideal.
Despite earning a no-decision in his latest outing, the 30-year-old right-
hander put together one of his best starts of the season on July 7, allowing
just six hits and one earned run in five innings of work against the Yankees.
Hammel faced the Blue Jays on June 21, and while he struck out seven batters
in six innings, he gave up four earned runs in the no-decision.
Toronto has lost eight of its last 11 on the road and had a four-game winning
streak versus the Orioles halted.
07/13 10:28:18 ET