American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, September 25th
(All times Eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (72-85) at Baltimore Orioles (81-76), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Esmil Rogers (5-8, 4.52)
Baltimore - Bud Norris (10-12, 4.12)
(Sports Network) - Midseason trade acquisition Bud Norris makes his 11th and
final start of the season with the Baltimore Orioles when they host the
Toronto Blue Jays in the middle test of a three-game series at Camden Yards.
Norris was brought in from Houston for two players and a draft pick on July
31, in hopes that he would bolster the Orioles' pitching rotation as they
pushed for an American League playoff spot.
Instead, the team skidded late and was officially eliminated from postseason
contention on Tuesday night, when Mark DeRosa hit a go-ahead RBI single in the
10th inning after tying the game with one in the eighth - leading the Blue
Jays to a 3-2 win.
Baltimore's loss coupled with Cleveland's win over the White Sox left the O's
six games behind the Indians for the second AL wild card slot with five games
Jose Reyes scored the winning run on DeRosa's single after avoiding Francisco
Rodriguez's pickoff attempt at second base. The throw from Rodriguez (2-1)
arrived in plenty of time, but Reyes appeared to avoid Brian Roberts' tag with
a good slide.
Sergio Santos (1-1) threw a perfect ninth to earn the win for Toronto and
Casey Janssen worked around a single in the 10th to earn his 34th save. The
Blue Jays snapped a two-game losing streak.
Chris Tillman had a career high-tying nine strikeouts for the fourth time in
his last 10 starts and left with a 2-1 lead, but the Orioles couldn't hang on
to get him his 17th win. He gave up one run, five hits and one walk in seven
Todd Redmond gave up eight hits -- including back-to-back homers to Brian
Roberts and Nate McLouth -- and two walks in 5 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays.
He struck out two.
Norris has gone 4-3 in 10 starts with the Orioles, but has won just once since
defeating Colorado on Aug. 17.
He last started on Sept. 8 and subsequently suffered elbow discomfort, which
has kept him inactive outside of a 2 1/3-inning relief stint at Tampa Bay on
Norris has never faced the Blue Jays.
In four career outings at Camden Yards, he's 2-1 with a bloated 7.40 earned
run average in 20 2/3 innings of work.
For the Blue Jays, right-hander Esmil Rogers makes the 20th start of a season
in which he's also appeared in relief 24 times.
It's the second start of his career against the Orioles, whom he faced on
Sept. 14 in Toronto, where he got a no-decision after allowing five hits and
three runs in six innings.
The Blue Jays won the game, 4-3.
In 21 road assignments this season, Rogers has a 4.16 ERA in 71 1/3 innings of
The Blue Jays and White Sox split the first six games they played in 2013, a
year after Chicago won the season series, 6-4.
09/25 10:24:57 ET