(Sports Network) - If the Baltimore Orioles want to return to the postseason
they are going to need to start stringing some wins together. They can start
on Friday when they open a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers
Baltimore won the first game of its four-game series with the New York Yankees
on Monday, but dropped the final three contests and now finds itself 2 1/2
games back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the final wild card spot in the American
"Obviously, at this stage losing three is not ideal," second baseman Brian
Roberts said after Thursday' 6-5 loss. "I think guys definitely feel a little
bit down right now. We'll have to come out with some good energy (Friday)."
Now, the Orioles hit the road for 10 games. They have lost nine of 12 away
"We've just got to start rattling off some wins," first baseman Chris Davis
said. "This is definitely going to be a big road trip."
Getting the call in the opener for the Orioles will be righty Jason Hammel,
who steps in for the ailing Bud Norris and will be trying for his first win
since May 27. In fact, he's 0-6 with a 5.43 over his last 10 starts.
Overall Hammel is 7-8 with a 5.11 ERA.
Norris experienced some elbow discomfort and a timetable for a return is
"A fatigue and tightness kind of thing," Norris said. "There was no specific
day. Obviously getting to this point in the season, we're adding up and so
forth. I definitely felt it in my last couple (games), but I wanted to go out
there and compete."
Toronto, meanwhile, will counter righty Todd Redmond, who is 3-2 with a 4.40
ERA. Redmond hasn't pitched since Sept. 3, when he won his second straight
start in Arizona, as he held the Diamondbacks to a three runs in five innings.
Toronto enters this series following a three-game sweep at the hands of the LA
Angels of Anaheim. The Blue Jays had swept Minnesota just prior to that
Toronto is 7-6 versus the Orioles this season.
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