The Orioles will try to shave off the final game of their magic number tonight and celebrate their first division title since 1997 - and the first clinched at home with a win in 45 years.
Ubaldo Jimenez is making his first start since Aug. 16. He’s 2-3 with a 4.89 ERA in seven career starts against the Blue Jays.
Toronto right-hander Drew Hutchison is 3-0 with a 1.16 ERA in six career starts against the Orioles. Nelson Cruz is 2-for-15 with five strikeouts against him. Adam Jones is 3-for-18. J.J. Hardy is 3-for-16 with two doubles.
With a win tonight, manager Buck Showalter will pass Billy Martin for 36th place on baseball’s all-time list with 1,254.
For the Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Steve Pearce 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Jimmy Paredes 3B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Nick Hundley C
Ubaldo Jimenez RHP
Markakis has been named the Orioles 2014 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes a major league player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
Markakis earned the Orioles nomination due to his work with many charities in and around the Baltimore community, including Casey Cares, Rose Street Community Center, American Heart Association, Lungevity Foundation, Baltimore City and County Public Schools, Pathfinders for Autism, Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Orioles Charitable Foundation, and Orioles Military Appreciation Program.