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Baltimore1 0 2 0 6 0 1 0 0 10120
Toronto0 6 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 8160
  W: C. Tillman (3-1)   L: T. Redmond (0-2)   S: T. Hunter (6)
4:07 PM PT5:07 PM MT6:07 PM CT7:07 PM ET19:07 ET23:07 GMT7:07 4:07 PM MST6:07 PM EST6:37 PM VEN3:07 UAE (+1)6:07 PM CT, April 23, 2014
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 15,202

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Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. Toronto took two of three games from the Orioles earlier this month, erupting for season highs with 11 runs and 17 hits on April 13. The Blue Jays are 51-19 against the Orioles at Rogers Centre over the past 70 games there.
  2. The Orioles salvaged a 2-2 split in their series at Boston by edging the Red Sox on Monday, 7-6. Baltimore has scored at least four runs in seven of 10 road games this season. The Orioles have scored more than three runs only once in eight games at home.
  3. The Blue Jays have not had a winning or losing streak longer than two games in 2014. Toronto is currently 10-9 and has been within one game of .500 for 19 days this season, tying the White Sox and Rays for the most in MLB.
  4. While Adam Jones is batting .226 with no extra-base hits (.226 slugging percentage) in Baltimore, he's hitting .375 and slugging .600 on the road. All nine of his runs scored have come away from home.
  5. The Orioles have roughed up R.A. Dickey in three starts since he joined the Blue Jays. Dickey is 0-2 with a 7.71 (16/18.2) ERA versus Baltimore since 2013. Prior to that, he had gone 2-1 with a 2.17 ERA while tossing four quality starts against the Orioles (starts only).
  6. Toronto's Melky Cabrera shares the major-league lead with 30 hits (Charlie Blackmon, Col) and 10 multi-hit games (Mike Trout, LAA). He's coming off a series at Cleveland this past weekend in which he collected eight hits in 14 at-bats (.571).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/22/2014 thru 4/24/2014


STATS Senior Writer

(AP) -- Chris Tillman's only defeat during a strong start to the season came against Dustin McGowan and the Toronto Blue Jays.

He'll have the chance to avenge that loss against McGowan on Wednesday night when the visiting Orioles try to avoid a third straight defeat to the Blue Jays.

One of Tillman's best outings came at home against Toronto (11-9) on April 11, when he gave up two runs and three hits over eight innings of a 2-0 defeat. Tillman (2-1, 1.71 ERA) has posted a 1.96 ERA but received five runs of support while going 0-2 in his last three starts against the Blue Jays after he went 3-0 with a 3.28 ERA in his previous four matchups.

The oft-injured McGowan (1-1, 4.85) threw a strong 6 1-3 innings against Tillman and the Orioles (9-10) to record his first win since June 22, 2008, and improve to 1-3 with a 5.29 ERA in seven starts versus Baltimore.

"You tip your cap," Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said after the loss earlier this month.

However, neither pitcher was sharp in their next outing after the April 11 meeting.

Tillman yielded three runs, seven hits and walked four while throwing 122 pitches in five innings of an 8-4 victory at Boston on Friday.

McGowan gave up three runs, six hits and four walks on 85 pitches over four innings while not factoring in the decision of a 9-5 loss at Minnesota in the nightcap of a doubleheader Thursday.

The right-hander will try to help the Blue Jays build on Tuesday's 9-3 series-opening victory and third in four games against the Orioles. Edwin Encarnacion, Melky Cabrera and Brett Lawrie hit three-run homers for Toronto, which overcame a 3-0 deficit to hand Baltimore its third defeat in four games.

"We have a very talented team and we know we can hit so when we start hitting it's going to be great to watch this team play," said Encarnacion, who hit his first homer after combining for 78 over the last two years.

He's 6 for 18 with five RBIs against the Orioles this season, and 5 for his last 16 (.313) with a home run versus Tillman.

Cabrera is batting .347 (17 for 49) with five homers and eight RBIs during an 11-game home hitting streak dating to last season, when he missed the final two months with a knee injury.

With a single and two walks Tuesday, teammate Jose Bautista has reached base safely in all 20 games this season.

Nelson Cruz, who also had a three-run homer in the series opener, is hitting .381 (8 for 21) with two home runs and nine RBIs while the Orioles have gone 2-3 on a seven-game trip through Boston and Toronto.

"It's not easy going through these (AL East) lineups," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said.

Cruz is 4 for 9 with two homers and five RBIs in his last two games at Toronto, but he's 1 for 7 with a double against McGowan.

It's possible shortstop J.J. Hardy (hamstring) and catcher Matt Wieters (forearm) could play Wednesday after both missed the last two games for the Orioles.

Updated April 23, 2014

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