The Orioles made it out of Fenway Park with a split of a four-game series. Now, they’ve got to figure out a way to win at Rogers Centre, where they’ve lost every season series since 2005.
Remember when they went 1-8 in 2009 and 0-9 in 2010? Good times.
The Orioles have won the last two season series against the Blue Jays, going 10-9 last year. So, they have that going for them, which is nice.
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey presents a special challenge tonight, but he’s 1-3 with a 6.26 ERA in four starts over 23 innings. His three losses this season are tied for the most in the American League with Ubaldo Jimenez, the Astros’ Lucas Harrell and Brett Oberholtzer, and the Angels’ Hector Santiago. His 15 walks lead the league and are one behind the Phillies’ A.J. Burnett.
Dickey’s career 5.02 ERA in March/April is his highest for any month.
Dickey is 2-4 with a 4.67 ERA in 10 career games (seven starts) versus the Orioles. He was 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in three starts last season.
Chris Davis, who destroys Toronto pitching, is 5-for-18 with two doubles and a homer against Dickey. J.J. Hardy, who didn’t play yesterday while recovering from a strained right hamstring, is 5-for-15 with a double and homer. Delmon Young is 3-for-9 with a homer.
Steve Lombardozzi is 2-for-14 against Dickey. Does he get the start at second base?
Miguel Gonzalez is 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA in eight games (seven starts) against the Blue Jays, and 1-2 with a 3.54 ERA in five games (four starts) at Rogers Centre.
Adam Lind is 8-for-16 against Gonzalez, but he’s on the disabled list.
Edwin Encarnacion is 2-for-17, Brett Lawrie is 2-for-16, Colby Rasmus is 1-for-12 with six strikeouts, Jose Bautista is 2-for-9 and Melky Cabrera is 1-for-7. Combined, that’s... not good.
Both of Encarnacion’s hits, however, are home runs.
Did you catch this item from Elias? Nelson Cruz became only the second Orioles player to drive in runs in every game of a series of four or more games at Fenway Park. The first was Brooks Robinson in June 1966.
Several players did so for Baltimore’s predecessors, the St. Louis Browns: Baby Doll Jacobson in 1920, Wally Gerber in 1923 (five games) and Bruce Campbell in 1932.
Show of hands if you remember Baby Doll Jacobson. I’m at a loss.
Shameless plug alert: I’m doing a phone interview on “The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report” at 6:15 p.m. on MASN. Will be talking about Jonathan Schoop’s adjustment to third base.