Tonight’s starting pitchers: Hendrickson vs. Tallet

LHP Mark Hendrickson (5-5, 4.47) tonight will make his 51st appearance of this season and his 9th start. It’s his 4th road start and the 12th of his career vs. Toronto.

Hendrickson took the rotation spot of Brian Matusz and made the start last Thursday vs. Tampa. In 3 1/3 innings, he gave up five hits and two runs, throwing 57 pitches.

In 42 games this year pitching out of the bullpen, Hendrickson went 4-0, 3.44. Over his last 12 relief outings, he pitched to an ERA of 2.31.

In his eight starts only this year, Hendrickson is 1-5, 6.25.

Right-handed batters hit .309 off him this year while lefties bat .270. The O’s are 3-5 when Hendricskon is the starting pitcher.

On September 11 at New York, Hendrickson pitched three scoreless innings to gain his first Major League save and also recorded his 600th career strikeout in that game.

In 27 games this year, three starts, on the road, the 35-year-old is 2-3, 3.16.

Hendrickson was drafted in round 20 by Toronto in 1997 and pitched for the Blue Jays in 2002 and 2003, going 12-9, 4.94.

Hendrickson vs. Toronto:
2009: 1-1, 5.68, three games, one start
Career: 3-7, 4.92, 16 games, 11 starts (71 1/3IP, 89H)

LHP Brian Tallet (7-9, 5.31) tonight makes his 36th appearance and 24th start of this season, his 11th start at home and the 3rd of his career vs. the Orioles.

Tallet left his start last week vs. the Yankees after just two innings. He suffered a bruised right foot when hit by a Robinson Cano shot back through the box.

In four September starts, the lefty is 2-1, 6.87.

Tallet, 2009 season:
In relief: Is 0-1, 4.71 in 12 games
Starting: Is 7-8, 5.41 in 23 games

The Blue Jays are 8-15 when he starts. In 18 games, 10 starts at home, Tallet is 3-2, 5.12.

Tallet vs. Baltimore:
2009: 0-1, 1.64, two games, one start
Career: 0-2, 2.48, 22 games, two starts (36 1/3IP, 30H)

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