|TORONTO ( BUEHRLE )|
BALTIMORE ( GAUSMAN )
|963||TORONTO||-110||Ov 8.5,-110||-105||Ov 8.5,-120|
|964||BALTIMORE||+100||Un 8.5,-110||-105||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-20||+6||23-22||4.7||0.259||0.324||4.3||0.261||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.6||1-5||2.4||0.231||0.297||4.1||0.287||0.355|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-9||-1||6-10||3.7||0.257||0.304||4.1||0.259||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||3-4||3.7||0.230||0.292||3.9||0.234||0.310|
|5/29/2014||DICKEY(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||6-8||L||-125||8 un||O||9||1||1||14||11||0|
|5/30/2014||HAPP(L)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||1-6||L||-130||8.5 ev||U||8||14||0||9||5||0|
|5/31/2014||STROMAN(R)||KANSAS CITY||BROOKS(R)||12-2||W||-170||9.5 un||O||14||8||2||9||9||0|
|6/1/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||4-0||W||-145||8.5 ov||U||10||6||0||6||7||1|
|6/3/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||5-3||W||130||9 ov||U||5||2||0||4||3||0|
|6/4/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||8-2||W||100||9 ev||O||13||5||2||7||11||1|
|6/5/2014||HAPP(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||7-3||W||155||9 ev||O||9||5||0||9||5||1|
|6/6/2014||STROMAN(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||3-1||W||-155||9.5 un||U||11||12||0||7||9||2|
|6/7/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||0-5||L||-155||9.5 un||U||3||4||1||8||11||0|
|6/8/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||0-5||L||-130||9 un||U||4||9||1||11||6||1|
|6/12/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)|| |
|6/13/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|6/14/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)|| |
|6/15/2014||HAPP(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|6/17/2014||STROMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|6/18/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||WHITLEY(R)|| |
|6/19/2014|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|5/29/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||1-3||L||-120||9 ov||U||7||6||2||5||9||0|
|5/30/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||1-2||L||-110||9 un||U||5||4||0||5||4||0|
|5/31/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||4-1||W||105||8 ev||U||8||7||1||5||6||0|
|6/1/2014||CHEN(L)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)||9-4||W||-115||8.5 ov||O||12||5||0||8||7||0|
|6/3/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||SAUNDERS(L)||8-3||W||100||9.5 ev||O||17||11||0||7||8||0|
|6/4/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ TEXAS||MARTINEZ(R)||6-5||W||-110||9 ov||O||13||12||1||11||7||2|
|6/5/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ TEXAS||LEWIS(R)||6-8||L||100||9.5 un||O||8||4||3||13||7||0|
|6/11/2014||CHEN(L)||BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)||6-0||W||-135||8.5 un||U||9||8||1||4||2||0|
|6/16/2014||CHEN(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|6/17/2014|| ||@ TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)|| |
|6/18/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|TORONTO: TORONTO (AP) - All winter long, the Blue Jays' primary concern was upgrading the starting pitching. The biggest story in Toronto this spring, though, is the one about the free agent arm that got away.|
After months of inaction, the Blue Jays thought they'd landed right-hander Ervin Santana on a one-year deal in early March. But when injury concerns flared up in Atlanta, Santana signed a similar deal with the Braves instead.
''I think it's pretty obvious we were involved, it didn't work out. I'm trying to take the high road here,'' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said after Santana turned him down, saying he'd rather pitch in a spacious National League park than face AL East foes in Toronto's hitter-friendly dome.
Anthopoulos, who'd previously come ''extremely close'' to acquiring a starter through trade, must now start the season with almost the same staff he took north last year. Right-handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young winner, will be the opening-day starter again, while left-hander Mark Buehrle gets the third slot.
But none of the other three leading contenders, right-handers Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchison, and left-hander J.A. Happ, have ever pitched 200 innings, and all three are coming off injuries. Morrow was limited to 10 starts last year by a nerve problem in his forearm, Hutchison hasn't pitched in the majors since elbow surgery in 2012, and Happ missed most of 2013 after being hit in the head by a line drive. Happ dimmed his own chances with an awful spring.
Santana, who has topped the 200-inning mark five times, would have given the Blue Jays valuable depth. Without him, there's more chance they'll need starts from touted but untested youngsters like Kyle Drabek, Sean Nolin, and Marcus Stroman.
Still, a confident Dickey insisted Santana would have been more ''bonus'' than ''necessity'' to Toronto. ''I feel like we have what we need,'' he said.
|BALTIMORE: BALTIMORE (AP) - The transformation of the Baltimore Orioles clubhouse under manager Buck Showalter is complete.|
No longer do the Orioles hope to win. They expect it.
When Showalter took over in July 2010, he inherited a team with the worst record in the majors. Having gone without a winning season since 1997, Baltimore could only hope Showalter's knack for orchestrating quick turnarounds would take hold in a town that had switched its allegiance from baseball to football.
By 2012, the Orioles were back. Baltimore won 93 games, beat Texas in the wild-card matchup and took the New York Yankees to the limit before falling in the AL division series.
After missing the postseason last year, the Orioles are poised for a return. They maintained the nucleus of a team that went 85-77 and was in contention to the final week, then added right-handed starter Ubaldo Jimenez and slugger Nelson Cruz to an already potent lineup that led the majors in home runs in 2013.
''When you have talent, you have confidence,'' right fielder Nick Markakis said. ''Put them together and good things usually happen. We've got that right now. We know we have a good team and we're going to roll with it.''
Although Jimenez and Cruz didn't come aboard until after the start of spring training, Showalter never wavered in his belief that the Orioles would challenge the defending champion Boston Red Sox and retooled Yankees in the AL East.
''I felt that way whether or not we added Nelson and Jimenez,'' he said. ''That's a poor reflection on me and my staff if we thought we needed more to win.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TORONTO-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Orioles Preview* ===========================
By JON PALMIERI STATS Editor
Toronto (39-27) at Baltimore (32-31), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Toronto Blue Jays may have cooled off but Mark Buehrle certainly hasn't.
Buehrle looks to record his major league-leading 11th win Thursday night when the Blue Jays open a four-game road series against the Baltimore Orioles.
Perhaps no player has contributed more to the Blue Jays' surprising position atop the AL East than Buehrle (10-2, 2.04 ERA), who has recorded 11 quality starts in 13 outings. The veteran left-hander has already reached double-digit wins for the 14th straight season and is just two shy of matching last year's total.
He failed to win his seventh consecutive decision Saturday against St. Louis despite allowing one run and five hits over seven innings in a 5-0 loss. Buehrle, who matched a season high with five walks, surrendered only his third homer in 88 1-3 innings.
That defeat ended a six-game win streak for Toronto (39-28), which has scored seven runs and batted .205 while losing four of five.
The Blue Jays, who still rank near the top of the AL in most offensive categories, were in danger of being shut out for the fourth time in five games Wednesday before scoring twice in the eighth inning of a 7-2 loss to Minnesota.
"I think we've cooled off pretty good, pretty much top to bottom in the lineup ... but that's the way it goes," manager John Gibbons said. "The key is you can't prolong the struggles. You've got to put an end to them. The bats will heat up again, hopefully sooner than later."
Gibbons would like to see Edwin Encarnacion's bat heat back up. The slugger is 2 for 18 with one home run in five games after batting .324 with 17 homers and 33 RBIs over his previous 29 contests.
Toronto may not need much offense in the opener of a 10-game trip Thursday. Buehrle is 5-0 with a 1.47 ERA in six road starts this season, including a seven-inning, one-run outing April 13 in an 11-3 win at Baltimore.
This is a favorable matchup, though, for several Orioles batters. Nick Markakis (.429), Adam Jones (.385), Delmon Young (.378) and Chris Davis (.375) have all handled Buehrle well, combining for eight homers.
Baltimore's success against division opponents continued Wednesday with a 6-0 victory over Boston, as Davis hit a two-run homer in support of Wei-Yin Chen's seventh win.
The Orioles (33-31) have won seven of eight against the AL East, a run that started with consecutive victories over Toronto in late April.
They allowed one run in the three-game series against the defending World Series champions.
"I was real pleased and proud of the way our guys pitched the last three days, all of them, the bullpen, too," manager Buck Showalter said. "They came in and did what they're supposed to do and we didn't have to get anybody up behind them."
Jones had a run-scoring double and is 16 for 40 with four homers and 11 RBIs in nine games this month.
Kevin Gausman (1-1, 4.91) makes his second start for Baltimore in place of the injured Miguel Gonzalez. The right-hander earned his first win as a starter Saturday, allowing one run and four hits with six strikeouts in seven innings of a 6-3 victory over Oakland.
Gausman made his major league debut at Toronto on May 23, 2013, and gave up four runs and seven hits over seven innings in a 12-6 loss.
|Last Updated: 8/31/2014 3:34:12 AM EST|