Scouting report: Orioles vs. Blue Jays

September 21, 1998|By Roch Kubatko

At SkyDome, Toronto

' Day, Time, TV, Starters

Tonight, 7: 05, HTS, Scott Erickson (15-12, 4.07) vs. Roger Clemens (19-6, 2.63)

Tomorrow, 7: 05, HTS, Mike Mussina (13-8, 3.24) vs. Chris Carpenter (11-7, 4.47)

Wednesday, 7: 05, HTS, Juan Guzman (10-15, 4.19) vs. Kelvim Escobar (6-3, 3.77)

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

Blue Jays update

This team was supposed to end up being buried after gutting itself as the July 31 trade deadline approached. Instead, the Blue Jays threw a scare into Boston, closing within three games in the wild-card chase before slipping to four back. They had lost three games in a row and six of 10 before defeating Tampa Bay yesterday, 7-5, and gaining a game on the Red Sox. Among Toronto's departed players is former Orioles closer Randy Myers, who was traded to San Diego. The Blue Jays have performed much better at home (46-29) than on the road (37-44). The Orioles lead the teams' season series, 5-4. In two of those games, the Blue Jays' losing pitcher was Guzman, who was traded to the Orioles. Clemens, making a bid for his fifth career Cy Young Award, is 0-1 with a no-decision against the Orioles this season, having allowed seven earned runs in 10 1/3 innings. Mussina and Erickson have complete-game victories. Escobar has rejoined the Blue Jays' rotation after spending time in the bullpen and in the minors.

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