TONIGHT: With struggling Jays tied for 1st, Orioles get to play spoiler's role

August 26, 1991|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff

Like the old song says, this could be the start of something big.

The Toronto Blue Jays, who rallied for an 11-7 victory over New York yesterday to retain their first-place tie with Detroit, stop here for a three-day stand beginning tonight.

Toronto, which has been in first place since June 22, has been struggling of late. A 6-5 loss to New York Saturday allowed Detroit to grab a share of first place.

The Orioles, while no world-beaters in anyone's imagination, have been on something of an upswing, winning nine of their last 14.

On top of that, Baltimore's fans are about to show the world one more time just how much they love their Birds, good or bad. Tonight, home attendance will reach the 2 million mark, matching the 1989 season as the earliest the club has ever reached that figure.

Yesterday's crowd of 36,202 brought the season total to 1,986,269 in only 62 home dates.

Tonight (7:35, HTS) Toronto will send Jimmy Key (12-9, 3:06) against Orioles righthander Dave Johnson (4-4, 7.89).

Johnson became a late entry when Jose Mesa was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Mesa (5-8, 5.72) is suffering from swelling in his right elbow.

The Birds have recalled righthander Anthony Telford to take Johnson's place in the bullpen.

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