Saturday, June 18, 2016

Gallardo set to return to face Dickey, Jays

It's been nearly two months since Orioles righty Yovani Gallardo pitched in a Major League game and even longer since he's toed the rubber at Camden Yards, but the wait ends Saturday against Toronto.
After making four starts to begin the season, Gallardo was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder/bicep tendinitis April 23. He's made three rehab starts and will take on a red-hot Toronto lineup in his return to the Orioles' staff.
"He can be big for us. He's a veteran pitcher," O's first baseman Chris Davis said. "He understands what he's capable of and what we can do. I just hope he can stay healthy and be the guy he was last year."
Before his stint on the DL, Gallardo went 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA. In his lone start at Camden Yards, he allowed one run in five innings.
The Blue Jays will counter with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who has a 2.45 ERA in his past three starts.
Things to know about this game
• Dickey allowed three runs in six innings on April 20 in his only game against the Orioles this season. Baltimore faced another knuckleballer, Boston's Steven Wright, on Wednesday and managed three runs against him in 7 1/3 innings.
• Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has been on a tear in June, but he's struggled against Dickey in his career. He is 3-for-27 (.111) with six strikeouts against the knuckleballer.
• Gallardo has made 248 career starts, but just three against the Blue Jays. He is 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA in those three starts.

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