Scouting report: Orioles vs. Blue Jays

September 23, 1997|By Roch Kubatko

At SkyDome, Toronto

5) Day ..... Time ..... TV .... Starters

Tonight .... 7:35 ... 54, 50 .. Nerio Rodriguez (1-1, 5.06)

................. ............. vs. Roger Clemens (21-6, 2.00)

Tomorrow ... 7:35 ... HTS ..... Scott Kamieniecki (9-6, 4.02)

................. ............. vs. Omar Daal (1-0, 4.09)

Thursday ... 7:35 ... 54, 50 .. Mike Mussina (15-7, 3.18)

................. ............. Chris Carpenter (2-7, 5.33)

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)

Blue Jays update

Will the Orioles repeat their celebration of last year at SkyDome, when they clinched the wild card on the next-to-last day of the season? At stake this time is the AL East title. This also could be the Orioles last look at Toronto manager Cito Gaston, who expects to be fired at the end of the year. The Blue Jays are eager to shut down a disappointing season, one they entered with high hopes after a flurry of winter maneuverings that included signing Roger Clemens away from Boston. Instead, they sit in last place in the AL East, 22 games back. They have dropped nine of their last 11 games. The pitching staff, led by Clemens, has posted a 3.95 ERA, but the Blue Jays rank last in the league in batting with a .243 average. The Orioles were swept in four games by Toronto in late June, then won a two-game set the following month. The Orioles also took two of three from the Blue Jays at SkyDome in June. Clemens hasn't allowed an earned run against the Orioles in 14 1/3 innings this season. The Orioles are glad to miss Pat Hentgen, who shut them out on six hits in the teams' first meeting.

Pub Date: 9/23/97

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