Orioles notes before today’s game

The Orioles complete their four-game series against the Blue Jays today at Rogers Centre. They’ve gone 11-35 in their last 46 games in Toronto dating to June 8, 2008, but they’re 9-10 in the last 19 games.

Adam Jones has a 15-game hitting streak against Toronto dating to Aug. 24, 2012, tied for the fourth-longest streak by an Oriole versus the Blue Jays in club history, according to STATS. Al Bumbry hit safely in 20 straight from June 26, 1977-June 30, 1980. Miguel Tejada had a hit in 18 straight games from Aug. 30, 2005-June 14, 2006. Lee Lacy hit safely in 16 straight from Aug. 1, 1985-June 12, 1987, and Larry Bigbie had a hit in 15 consecutive games from April 23, 2004-May 3, 2005.

Jones has hit eight home runs at Rogers Centre since the start of the 2012 season, the most by an opponent. According to STATS, Jones’ 19 career home runs against the Blue Jays are third-most in the majors since the beginning of the 2006 season.

Chris Davis (11) and Jones (10) have the most homers against the Jays since the start of the 2012 season. According to STATS, Davis’ .381 (24-for-63) average at Rogers Centre is the best among active players with at least 50 at-bats.

The Orioles and Blue Jays have combined for 76 hits through the first three games of this series. According to STATS, the most hits the teams have ever combined for in a four-game set at Rogers Centre
is 97, from June 23-26, 2003.

Also per STATS: The Orioles have scored at least five runs in each of their last eight road games, their longest streak since July 19-Aug. 8, 1998, when they had five or more runs in nine straight road games.

The Orioles’ win yesterday against R.A. Dickey was their second against the knuckleballer this season and their fourth against the 2012 Cy Young Award winners, including two versus Tampa Bay’s David Price - matching their franchise-high. The 2002 Orioles went 4-1 against Roger Clemens (4-0) and Randy Johnson (0-1).

The Orioles lead the major leagues in run differential in the first inning at plus-24.

And yes, more from STATS, with a major assist to Orioles PR, which digs up these nuggets: Since the start of the 2012 season, Miguel Gonzalez (3.12) has the second-lowest road ERA among American League starting pitchers with a minimum of 75 innings. Felix Hernandez has a 3.01 ERA over that span.

Nick Markakis has hit safely in 10 straight games, batting .372 (16-for-43) with nine RBIs. J.J. Hardy has hit in 18 of his last 20 games, batting .313 (25-for-80) with six home runs and 16 RBIs.

The Orioles have hit multiple home runs in four consecutive road games for the first time since May 14-18, 2005, according to STATS.

Manny Machado ranks second in the majors in hits with 70, trailing Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (73), and he leads the majors with 21 doubles.

Machado has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 road games, batting .413 (33-for-80) with three homers, 11 RBIs and 15 runs scored. He has hit in seven of his last eight road games, going 18-for-40 (.450) with five doubles, two homers, seven RBIs and eight runs scored. Machado has the most hits on the road in the majors.

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