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4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, September 1, 2017
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 16,627

Orioles look to bounce back vs. Blue Jays

According to STATS
According to STATS

Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles

  1. The Rays hit four home runs in their last game against the White Sox to clinch the first series (2-1) between the two teams this season. Tampa Bay has an 8-5-2 (.600) series record against Chicago in the current decade.
  2. The Rays' pitching unit has a 3.74 ERA since the All-Star break, which ranks sixth in MLB (only team in the top seven that doesn't currently hold a playoff spot). Tampa Bay is batting .226 since the break, which is the worst in MLB.
  3. Blake Snell needed 37 starts to reach 100 walks for his career, which is tied for the fifth fewest by a Rays starting pitcher all-time (considers walks in starts only; Victor Zambrano's 29 starts is the fewest). Snell has walked at least one batter in all but one start in his career.
  4. Reynaldo Lopez has allowed three home runs in two starts this season, all of them to left-handed batters. Lefties are batting .286 (.714 SLG) against Lopez this season while righties are batting .167 (.167 SLG).
  5. Since coming back from the DL (August 18), Kevin Kiermaier is batting .340 (17/50) and has had at least two hits in six games. Similarly in his career against the White Sox, Kiermaier is batting .340 (18/53) and has had six multi-hit games.
  6. Avisail Garcia is batting .423 since Melky Cabrera was traded to the Royals (July 30), which is the best in MLB during that span (minimum 50 plate appearances). Garcia has gone 5-for-26 (.192) over his last 2 seasons versus the Rays.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/1/2017 thru 9/3/2017

BALTIMORE -- The Toronto Blue Jays found a way to cool off Baltimore in the opener of a four-game series, and they will try to keep the Orioles down when the set continues Friday night.

Toronto snapped Baltimore's seven-game winning streak with an 11-8 victory on Thursday, dropping the Orioles 2 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins for the second spot in the American League wild-card standings.

The setback, however, did not deter the Orioles' confidence.

"The end goal here is getting to the playoffs and the World Series," Orioles shortstop Tim Beckham said.

Beckham has played a key role in the Orioles' resurgence, hitting safely in 27 of 29 games since being acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays at the non-waiver trade deadline. Beckham is batting .394 with 10 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 27 runs and 19 RBIs for his new team.

In addition to Beckham, the Orioles' Kevin Gausman -- the Friday starter -- is playing a key role recently. The right-hander earned wins in two of his past three starts and has showed solid command after some early struggles.

In his most recent outing, Saturday against the Boston Red Sox, Gausman (10-9, 4.98 ERA) threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed four hits working on six days' rest. He struck out five and walked three. That outing got his ERA below 5.00 for the first time since April 13.

Gausman is 4-3 with a 3.59 ERA in 16 career appearances (11 starts) against Toronto.

"Obviously, to get to where I'm at right now, throwing the ball better than I was in the first half, I wouldn't say that I'm proud of myself, but I'm proud of myself for not just letting it be a whirlwind and a snowball effect and kind of just let the season get away from me," Gausman said.

"We're still playing meaningful games right now, and we need not just me but all the starters to really kind of pick it up. If we're going to make the playoffs, starters are going to have to do their part. That's the biggest part. We have to win games like (Thursday). You get a lead early, you've got to be able to kind of shut the door."

The Blue Jays want to get an extended look at their Friday starter, right-hander Joe Biagini, to determine whether he could be part of the rotation moving forward as opposed to coming out of the bullpen.

He was recalled Sunday from Triple-A Buffalo and started that day against the Minnesota Twins, allowing five runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings. He took the loss as the Blue Jays fell 7-2.

"Good hitters being thrown bad pitches on a couple of occasions," Biagini said after his last outing. "I felt like early in the game I was doing a decent job of attacking, and sometimes you just can't control where the ball goes exactly. Obviously, there were things I could've done better being in those situations."

Biagini, former Rule 5 pick, will get another opportunity in his second career start against the Orioles, who have been hitting balls out of Camden Yards throughout the current 10-game homestand. Biagini is 0-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 13 career appearances against Baltimore.

The Blue Jays hope to get first baseman Justin Smoak back in the lineup Friday. He has missed the past two games with a sore calf. Smoak is batting .287 with 36 homers and 84 RBIs.

Updated September 1, 2017

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