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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, June 8, 2018
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 28,863

Blue Jays try to make it two straight over Orioles

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Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. The Orioles swept a two-game series against the Mets to give them their second series win on the road this season (at Yankees from April 5-8). Baltimore pitching limited New York to just eight hits and one run in the series.
  2. The Blue Jays have lost seven of eight, including being swept in a two-game series against the Yankees. Toronto hit .193 and averaged 3.3 runs per game during those eight games, while compiling a team ERA of 5.96.
  3. Right-hander David Hess, making his fifth career start for Baltimore, has three quality starts in his first four starts. In his last two starts, Hess has allowed one run in 12.2 innings and limited opponents to a .186 batting average.
  4. Manny Machado has 49 RBI to lead the Orioles this season, while the next highest total on the team is 28 by Adam Jones. That 21 RBI difference between the team leader and second place is by far the largest in MLB (Boston and Kansas City have a 9 RBI difference between leader and second place).
  5. Teoscar Hernandez has slashed .370/.485./.593 with four extra-base hits and eight runs scored in nine career games against Baltimore. 26 out of Hernandez's 45 hits (57.8 percent) this season have gone for extra-bases, the fifth-highest percentage in baseball among qualified batters.
  6. Since hitting a home run in back-to-back games on May 8 and May 9, Chris Davis has not hit a home run in his last 84 plate appearances. This is the second-longest home run drought in Davis' career (133 PA without a home run from October 1, 2009 to September 19, 2010).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/7/2018 thru 6/10/2018

TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles are offensively challenged teams looking for something good to happen during their four-game series at the Rogers Centre.

The bottom two clubs in the American League East deserve each other. They've come a long way down since the Blue Jays beat the Orioles in the 2016 American League wild-card game.

The opening game of the series Thursday night seemed to be going the Orioles' way when they hit one home run in the seventh inning and two in the eighth to take a 4-1 lead.

The Blue Jays (27-35), however, who have been struggling at home, scored three in the ninth against Brad Brach to tie the game and won it 5-4 on a two-out, RBI single by Aledmys Diaz in the 10th against Miguel Castro.

It was only the second win in the past 12 games at home for the Blue Jays, who are 6-1 in extra innings this season. Toronto is 13-19 at home for the season,

The teams will play the second game of the series Friday night.

The Orioles (19-42) will start right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-7, 5.02 ERA) against Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ (7-3, 4.08).

Cashner held the Blue Jays to four hits, three walks and no runs while striking out six over seven innings in a no-decision at Camden Yards on April 10. The Blue Jays won the game 2-1.

Cashner is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three career starts against Toronto.

Happ was the winning pitcher on April 9 at Baltimore when the Blue Jays defeated the Orioles 7-1. He allowed one run, five hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out nine. He is 5-6 with a 3.33 ERA in 16 career games (15 starts) against the Orioles.

The Orioles are on the verge of getting some needed help next week. Closer Zach Britton is expected to join the team for the first time this season Wednesday.

Britton has been on the disabled list all season while recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. He has allowed two hits and no runs in four rehabilitation outings over 4 1/3 innings. He has five strikeouts and no walks.

"I'm really pleasantly surprised at how well he has executed," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "You can tell he's chomping at the bit. He's had a lot of time to work and do things. He doesn't tinker too much. He throws the right amount of breaking balls. I think he knows what's ahead of him."

Britton will pitch on back-to-back days for Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday and Monday, the final test before rejoining the Orioles.

The Blue Jays could have third baseman Josh Donaldson back as soon as Friday. He has been on the disabled list with a tight left calf since May 29.

As the Blue Jays have scuffled, losing 17 of their past 23 games despite the win Thursday, there are suggestions that the team might begin to trade players such as Donaldson, who can become a free agent at the end of the season.

"It's tough, man," Donaldson said. "When things aren't going your way and you have a lot of different areas scuffling at different times, and sometimes at the same time, you just have to try to stay positive. Kind of try to drown out the noise going on."

Updated June 8, 2018

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