Florimon gets first major league start (Jones scratched)

Adam Jones was scratched from the lineup with a sore ankle. He fouled a ball off it last night.

Nick Markakis is back in right field, with Matt Angle moving to center. Josh Bell is playing third base and Chris Davis has moved to first.

For the Orioles:

Matt Angle CF
Robert Andino 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Chris Davis 1B
Josh Bell 3B
Kyle Hudson LF
Pedro Florimon SS
Craig Tatum C

Rick VandenHurk RHP

As a reader pointed out this morning, the Orioles’ three-game winning streak contains victories in three different cities. When’s the last time that happened?

The Orioles are 3-4 in Toronto this season. Another win this weekend will give the Orioles their most victories at Rogers Centre since they won six games in 2005, and their first series win there since taking two of three from June 6-8, 2008.

Last night marked the second time this season that Jeremy Guthrie has won a game while pitching at least seven shutout innings and allowing three or fewer hits on the road. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, over the last 20 seasons, only two other Orioles pitchers have had multiple road wins of that kind in a single season: Mike Mussina in 1992 and Brian Matusz in 2010.

In the last four games, Orioles relievers have worked 15 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing just 10 baserunners, striking out 17 and stranding all eight inherited runners. Jim Johnson has allowed runs in just one of his last 11 appearances, posting a 1.59 ERA in 17 innings and picking up a save in each of his last two outings.

The Orioles have been successful on 15 of their last 16 stolen base attempts. Seven different players have recorded a steal. Angle is 6-for-6 during his two stints in the majors.

Jones has gone 6-for-55 (.109) with two doubles and one home run in his last 16 games.

Hardy is in a 7-for-44 (.159) slump. He’s batting .117 against the Yankees this season, .133 against the Red Sox and .299 against the rest of baseball..

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