O's need a win today to avoid getting swept for the second time in a three-game series (Jays lead early)

The Orioles need a win today to avoid being swept in a three-game series for the second time this year. Tampa Bay swept the Orioles on May 17-19. The O's also got swept at home by San Diego in a two-game series.

Meanwhile, no, I don't think Jose Bautista should get a brush-back pitch today from any O's pitcher.

It appeared that Darren O'Day said something to Bautista on Friday night, and Bautista said something back when he homered yesterday. Now they should just move on.

Bautista hit a homer to beat the Orioles. He just did his job. I heard callers on Baltimore radio last night say the O's need to show Toronto they won't be pushed around.

Well, that is certainly not what has happened. The Blue Jays won two games with late inning runs this weekend; they didn't push anyone around.

The Orioles went 11-7 against Toronto last season, winning the season series for the first time since 2004, which is the statement they need to make. Wins, not high fastballs.

What they really need to do today is win to avoid a sweep and to not negate what they did in going 3-1 vs. Boston and 2-1 vs. Detroit in the previous two series.

They don't need to brush anyone back today, they simply need to set them back - by beating them.

The Orioles have to figure out today how to get out Munenori Kawasaki. Against the Orioles, he is batting .333 (10-for-30) with one homer and eight RBIs. He is 3-for-6 in this series, and had gone 19 games without an RBI before driving in three in Friday's win for the Blue Jays. He hit a key two-run homer Friday in the seventh inning to tie the game. It was his first major league homer.

In 116 at-bats this year that have not come against the Orioles, Kawasaki is batting .209 with no homers and nine RBIs.

Draft note: The Orioles' 15th round draft pick, Indiana high school shortstop Tyler Walsh, told this publication he is headed for college and will turn down the O's offer. However, in the article, he also says, "It's not 100 percent, but most likely."

Toronto leads early: Hopefully looks can be deceiving because this one doesn't look good early for the Orioles, who trail 4-0 in the third inning.

Freddy Garcia may be pitching his way out of this rotation. He gave up a two-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the second, allowing four runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter over the first two innings.

Over his last four starts - counting this one - Garcia has allowed nine homers. He has given up four, two, two and one in those outings.

Garcia out of game: Garcia lasted just 2 1/3 inning today, allowing seven hits and seven runs. Over his last four starts, he has pitched 16 2/3 total innings allowing 28 hits, 20 runs and nine homers. Yes, you would think the next time through someone else will be taking this rotation spot. Maybe Kevin Gausman, maybe even T.J. McFarland. It is too soon for Wei-Yin Chen, who is still throwing simulated games. Tsuyoshi Wada is pitching today at Triple-A and Steve Johnson has begun to throw. The Orioles have some options on the way. Toronto led 9-0 after three innings today.


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