Afternoon baseball: Tillman takes on Toronto

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Orioles (46-63) at Toronto (51-57)

For most of this season, the Orioles have struggled when playing AL East opponents. But not vs. Toronto.

The O’s have 15 division wins on the year and are 6-4 vs. Toronto. The Birds are 9-23 vs. the three other AL East teams.

Today at 1:07 p.m. in game two of this three-game series, Chris Tillman (0-0, 6.75) pitches for the Orioles vs. former University of Maryland pitcher Brett Cecil (5-1, 4.36).

Nolan Reimold and Nick Markakis knocked in two runs each on Friday in the Orioles 7-5 win. The Birds rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the fifth inning.

Jason Berken picked up his second Major League win, snapping a streak of losing nine decisions in a row. Both his wins have come vs. the Blue Jays.

The Orioles are now 2-3 on this road trip and 18-37 away from home on the season.

They won for just the second time in eight games and are 6-15 since the All-Star break.

The Orioles were swept three straight in Toronto in early May, but have since won six of the last seven games vs. Toronto.

Toronto, which is 7-11 in the second half, fell to a season-worst six games under .500 with Friday’s loss. Toronto is 0-3 on a five-game homestand and has lost 12 of its last 17 home games.

After getting off to a fast start this year, the Jays were 29-24 at the end of May, they are 22-33 since.

Overall, the Blue Jays have lost three in a row, six of eight and ten of their past 15 games.

O’s hitters recently:
Andino: 2 for last 26 at bat
Huff: Is 9-25/0/4 during six-game batting streak
Izturis: Hitting .324 his last 11 games
Jones: Over last 11 games, batting .304-5-12
Markakis: Since the break hitting .326-5-21, plus 14 of his last 21 hits are extra-base hits
Mora: Is 3 for 26 over his past eight games
Pie: Is 6 for last 18 at bat
Reimold: Since break is batting .317-1-8
Roberts: 34 multi-hit games, 10 doubles his last 22 games
Scott: Is 7 for 56 (.125) over his last 16 games
Wieters: Batting .360 (18 for 50) over his last 14 games
Wigginton: Batting .333-2-7 over his last 11 contests

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