The first step to having something good happen today is for the Orioles to score a run. Everything else is up for negotiation as far as what will be required to win, but no team ever won without scoring at all. Whether they feel like scoring against the knuckleballing legend that is R.A. Dickey is another story.
One thing that has helped the Orioles lately is that they have had five straight quality starts from their rotation. That's impressive when even Ubaldo Jimenez can get in on that. They've gone 3-2 in those games, which is less helpful. The great fear was that when the pitching finally figured it out, the hitting would go into a slump. Why is it such a struggle for so many of them? It's just one of those mysteries.
Bud Norris takes his turn this afternoon. He last faced the Blue Jays back in April in another home game. He shut them out over seven innings, giving up only five hits to help the Orioles to a 2-1 victory. There are worse omens to have.
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Jose Reyes - SS||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Melky Cabrera - LF||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Jose Bautista - RF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Adam Lind - DH||Chris Davis - 1B|
|E. Encarnacion - 1B||Nelson Cruz - LF|
|Juan Francisco - 3B||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Brett Lawrie - 2B||Delmon Young - DH|
|Josh Thole - C||Ryan Flaherty - 2B|
|Anthony Gose - CF||Nick Hundley - C|
|R.A. Dickey - RHP||Bud Norris - RHP|