Weekend preview: Orioles at Toronto

Game Preview Orioles (45-63) at Toronto (51-56) After losing three of four games vs. first-place Detroit, the O's road trip moves on to Canada where tonight the Orioles meet fourth-place Toronto. The O's have lost six of seven, 13 of 17 and 26 of the last 39 games. They are 17-37 on the road on the year and have lost 17 of their past 23 road contests. Pitching Matchups at Toronto: Fri, 7:22p - Jason Berken (1-9, 6.93) v. Ricky Romero (10-4, 3.53) Sat, 1:07p - Chris Tillman (0-0, 6.75) v. Brett Cecil (5-1, 4.36) Sun, 1:07p - Brian Matusz (1-0, 1.80) v. Roy Halladay (11-5, 2.75) The O's have a chance tonight to start turning around their very poor record in AL East road games, which is 2-16. Baltimore is 14-27 overall in games within the division. Among the O's hot hitters right now, Aubrey Huff is 7 for 20 during a five-game hitting streak and, over nine games, is batting .333-1-9. Adam Jones is 8 for 21 with two homers and 5 RBI over his last five games. Over a nine-game stretch, Nick Markakis is .361-1-10 and he's batting .329 in the second-half. Matt Wieters is hitting .340 over his last 13 games. The Blue Jays were off Thursday and before that were swept in a two-game series by the Yankees. Toronto has lost five of its last seven and is 4-7 over its last 11 games. The Blue Jays got off to a good start this season and were 29-24 at the end of May. But they are 22-32 since. Toronto is 29-25 in home games, but is just 5-11 in its last 16 games at Rogers Centre. Toronto's Adam Lind is second in the AL with 58 extra-base hits. Toronto's Aaron Hill and the O's Nick Markakis are tied for 5th in the league with 76 RBI. The Orioles are 5-4 this season vs. the Jays. They are 5-1 at home and 0-3 on the road. The Orioles were swept three straight in early May at Toronto by a combined 16-10 score. O's hitters, 2009 vs. Toronto: Andino: 4-9/0/1 Huff: 10-33/1/6 Izturis: 7-23/0/0, six runs Jones: 12-41/2/5 Markakis: 9-38/1/4 Mora: 8-33/1/2 Pie: 2-6/0/0 Reimold: 4-18/2/5 Roberts: 9-39/0/6, four doubles Scott: 9-25/3/6 Wieters: 1-7/0/1 Wigginton: 6-22/0/1 Zaun: 4-17/0/1 The O's have a team average of .271 in nine games vs. Toronto. They have scored a total of 42 runs vs. Blue Jays pitching with 11 homers. The O's team ERA is 3.78 on the season vs. Toronto.

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