Sunday, April 12, 2015

Opening Day starters square off for rubber match

The Orioles and Blue Jays will wrap up their three-game series Sunday at Camden Yards when Chris Tillman and Drew Hutchison take the mound in a matchup of Opening Day starters.
Toronto will be looking for its first series victory in Baltimore since April 11-13, 2014. The Blue Jays have lost 11 of their past 17 contests against the O's, and they haven't won a season series vs. Baltimore since 2011.
Three things to know about this game:
1. Tillman is coming off a strong season debut that saw him pick up a victory over the Rays. He allowed one run on four hits -- including a home run -- and three walks with four strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.
2. One of the reasons Hutchison was named the Blue Jays' Opening Day starter was so he could also start the series finale in Baltimore. The 24-year-old has enjoyed a lot of success against the Orioles during his brief career. Last season, Hutchison faced them six times and posted a 3-1 record with a 2.54 ERA.
3. Two of Toronto's top hitters are dealing with minor injuries, but both are expected to play in the series finale. Shortstop Jose Reyes has been dealing with a mild sprain in his oblique, while Jose Bautista has been dealing with some cramping issues in his legs.

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