Blue Jays to host Orioles in AL wild card game

Blue Jays to host Orioles in AL wild card game
Blue Jays to host Orioles in AL wild card game
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05 October, 2016

TORONTO (AP) - Chris Tillman is scheduled to start for the Baltimore Orioles against Marcus Stroman and the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League wild-card game Tuesday night.

The Detroit Tigers (86-75) needed to win Sunday, have either Toronto or Baltimore lose, and then win a makeup game against the Indians today just to force a tiebreaking game for a wild card berth. But despite the fact the Orioles have far worse numbers against lefties than righties, the Blue Jays will turn to Stroman, who played a huge role in getting Toronto to the playoffs and into the ALCS past year after coming back from a serious knee injury in September.

The victor of the wild-card game will travel to Arlington to face the Texas Rangers on Thursday in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

Later, the Blue Jays' 2-1 victory at Fenway Park meant they would host Baltimore.

Jimenez, who has a 2.45 ERA in his past seven starts, pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings Thursday in Toronto.

Gibbons said having the ex-Pirates southpaw and the right-handed Estrada available provides him with a deeper bullpen and options should Stroman struggle early or if the game goes into extra innings.

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Many considered Liriano the favourite to start Tuesday after he blanked the Orioles over 6 1/3 innings last week, holding them to six hits while walking one and fanning 10. The Blue Jays hit 29 home runs in the season series, while Baltimore had 28. Of their league-leading 253 homers, 204 came against righties, but in a 4-0 win last Thursday over Stroman, they could only bleed him for four runs on nine hits and two walks over seven innings. "I've battled a lot of adversity and I feel like I've done a pretty decent job at making adjustments throughout the year that were key for me and were able to pay off down the stretch", said Stroman. "With Bumgarner on the mound, we're going to have a good shot". Across the rubber will be Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.

The victor of the one-game showdown will advance to the American League Division Series. But this season its more than just one or two big bats carrying the Baltimore lineup.

This becomes more pronounced once you take into account the nuances of Rogers Centre, specifically in relation to how it affects scoring. The next night, they blew a 3-0 ninth-inning lead and took a 5-3 walkoff loss.

The team announced it will retire his No. 34 sometime next year in a pregame ceremony that featured former Red Sox stars like Carl Yastrzemski and teammates from Ortiz's three World Series championship clubs.

It was a close season series, with the Blue Jays winning 10 of the 19 matchups. "You play enough of them, you get used to them". The Birds smashed a Major League Baseball best 253 Homers and averaged 4.59 runs which was 12th but their.256 BA suggests the team had some problems manufacturing runs.

- Mister Perfect. Britton converted every one of his 47 save opportunities this season and allowed only four earned runs, none after August 24.


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