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By Matt Vensel | August 10, 2011
The Orioles have struggled mightily when playing the Blue Jays in Toronto over the past five seasons. The Orioles are 12-42 at Rogers Center since 2006, including a 16-game losing streak they snapped this season. They aren't alone, though; the Blue Jays are 12 games above .500 at home over the past season and a half. But according to an ESPN report, the Jays may have had an unfair home-field advantage in recent years. According to accusations from a handful of players on one American League team, the Blue Jays have been stealing signs from their competitors and relaying them to their hitters through a man dressed in white who stands in the bleachers at Rogers Centre.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
TORONTO - Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is slated to start the Orioles' regular-season finale against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter plans to give his relievers some work on Saturday and Sunday, with a three-day layoff looming before the playoffs start, so it's unclear how deep Gonzalez will go. “Obviously, Toronto will have something to say about that, but it won't be a normal outing,” Showalter said....
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By Eduardo A. Encina | April 25, 2012
Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter just might be his toughest critic, and over his past two starts, he's seen plenty of flaws. His fastball command hasn't been where it needs to be. He hasn't thrown enough first-pitch strikes. He's walking too many hitters and has yielded too many home runs. All assessments from Hunter himself, but Tuesday's end result was distinctly different than that seven-run loss a week ago in Chicago. On Tuesday, Hunter battled to give the Orioles six innings of one-run ball, giving way to a bullpen that sparkled despite being without closer Jim Johnson in a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays in front of an announced crowd of 11,058, the lowest home crowd since last August 30 against Toronto.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
All the postseason math - all the talk of magic numbers and scoreboard watching - is now a thing of the past. Just one win now separates the Orioles and their first American League East division title since 1997. Opening up their three-game series with the second-place Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night at Camden Yards, the Orioles' path to the postseason was simple: Win two of the games and punch a ticket to the playoffs. And the Orioles took one humongous step Monday toward winning the division with their 5-2 win over Toronto, giving the club an opportunity to clinch a division title with a win Tuesday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2013
Over the first three games of this weekend's series in Toronto, the Orioles and Blue Jays have combined for 76 hits and 45 runs here at the Rogers Centre. With 21 more combined hits in this afternoon's series finale, the teams will match the record for hits in a four-game Orioles-Jays series at the Rogers Centre. The record of 97 hits was set on June 23-26, 2003. I asked Orioles manager Buck Showalter before the game why the Rogers Centre has become such a hitter-friendly park. He just put his hands over his head and said he would say if he knew.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2012
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday he believed his team's toughest game of their six-game road trip would be Monday's series opener in Toronto. Monday's 1 p.m. game will be the team's third straight afternoon game - a rarity. And it's also unheard of  that you come into a new city and play the first game of the series during the day. Sometime uncommon can lead to uncomfortable. But truly the test is replacing the atmosphere and excitement of this weekend's three games at Yankee Stadium with the antisceptic north-of-the-border feel of the Rogers Center.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2012
About 48 hours ago, I wrote on this blog that the Orioles' weekend series against the Blue Jays in Toronto was more pivotal than the Yankees' sweep of the Birds earlier this week. For them to talk about marked improvements in this team, they first had to show they could beat the Jays at the Rogers Centre, a place where the Orioles have lost 29 of their last 34 coming into the series. You have to give the Orioles credit. They were down in the late innings both Friday and Saturday, only to provide some eighth and ninth inning heroics to take the first two games of the series against the Blue Jays.
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By Ken Murray | August 20, 1994
Site: Memorial StadiumTime: 7:30Line: Baltimore by 10 1/2TV/Radio: Ch. 2/WJFK (1300 AM)Records: Toronto 2-4, Baltimore 4-2 in Eastern DivisionLast week: Toronto lost to British Columbia, 54-39; Baltimore beat Hamilton, 30-15.First meeting: Baltimore topped Toronto, 28-20, in the season opener July 7 at SkyDome as Donald Igwebuike kicked four field goals and Tracy Ham threw for two touchdowns.On the sidelines: In his 13th season as a CFL head coach, Bob O'Billovich has a career record of 106-103-3.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2012
After getting swept by the New York Yankees this week to end Baltimore's season-opening, six-game homestand, the Orioles need to get away, right? Maybe not. The Orioles will open their first road trip of the season - a three-city, 10-game swing - in the House of Horrors that's otherwise known as the Rogers Centre. Maybe the ghost of Cito Gaston still haunts the O's. Maybe it's years of lingering hangover from the end of the 1989 “Why Not?” season. Whatever it is, the Orioles have been horrible north of the border.
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By Matt Vensel | June 15, 2011
The Orioles haven’t won a game in Toronto in 22 months, a crazy road losing skid that continued Tuesday night when the Blue Jays won in extra innings, 6-5, on Adam Lind’s walk-off home run. Of course, the Blue Jays have had their number at Camden Yards, too, but the losses at Rogers Centre have become automatic. " We have had our struggles for a while . Period," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We don't look at some place [being tough to play at]. Our guys, other than going through customs here, enjoy playing here.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
BOSTON -- Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is continuing to show he deserves a postseason start while his team has seized its biggest lead in the American League East in 35 years. Yes, 35 years -- before any member of the Orioles' current active roster was born. With their 4-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night, the Orioles (84-59) have taken a 10-game divisional lead for the first time since Sept. 22, 1979, a season in which the Orioles lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a seven-game World Series.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
TORONTO -- The Orioles still have two more series against the Toronto Blue Jays after tonight's series finale, including the final three games of the regular season at Rogers Centre. Although the Orioles currently lead the American League East by four games over the Blue Jays, those two series in September could decide the division if the two teams remain close. And the Blue Jays likely will slot right-hander Drew Hutchison to pitch in both of those series, given his success against the Orioles in his brief major league career.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
TORONTO -- Explaining how right-hander Drew Hutchison has dominated the Orioles over his past five games against them seemed pretty easy for manager Buck Showalter after his team's 5-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night at the Rogers Centre. “He's a very good pitcher,” Showalter said. “When he's one of five [starters] of 30 major league teams, you're talking about the best pitchers in the world. He's obviously capable of that. I'm sure we'll see him a couple more times.” Still, just how Hutchison -- who has a 5.29 ERA against all other teams besides the Orioles this season -- has been so masterful against Showalter's club is baffling.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
TORONTO - First baseman Chris Davis returned to the No. 5 spot in the Orioles' batting order for tonight's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. David Lough will start in left field, and Nelson Cruz will be the Orioles' designated hitter. The Blue Jays are the only American League East team left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has yet to beat, but he only has made one start against them, allowing five runs and nine hits in five innings Sept. 24, 2012. Former Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold will make his first start against his old team tonight as the Blue Jays' starting designated hitter.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
TORONTO -- This time of the year in Toronto, fans typically are gearing up for preseason hockey camps and satisfying their need for sports with the Canadian Football League. In other words, the Blue Jays haven't been relevant this late in the season in a long time. So when the first-place Orioles arrived Tuesday to open a three-game series between the top two teams in the American League East standings, there was some unusual buzz at the Rogers Centre. Fans lined in front of the ticket counter four hours before the game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
TORONTO - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will hit from the No. 7 spot tonight for the first time since Sept. 23, 2012, and Delmon Young will bat cleanup for the second time in three games. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the revamped roster gives the club its best opportunity against Toronto left-handed Mark Buehrle. Young is a career .396 hitter (19-for-48) with four homers and eight RBIs against Buehrle. Nelson Cruz, who is still batting fifth, is mired in a 1-for-32 slump.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2012
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Tommy Hunter made a solid return to the major-league mound Wednesday, but the Orioles lost 6-3 to Toronto, thanks to a four-run, ninth-inning rally by the Blue Jays. The Orioles took a 3-2 lead into the ninth when reliever Pedro Strop, who had been good most of the spring, unraveled. He retired just one batter while allowing two hits, a walk, a wild pitch, four runs (one earned) and an error. He had allowed just one earned run in his first five innings this spring. Brian Bocock's two-run single against Stu Pomeranz -- who replaced Strop -- put the game out of reach.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 27, 2006
Current plans call for the movie version of the Broadway hit Hair- spray to be filmed in both Baltimore and Toronto, an executive with New Line Cinema confirmed yesterday. "It is our intention to shoot in Baltimore and Toronto," said Mark Kaufman, an executive vice president with New Line. "It could be a day in Baltimore, it could be a week in Baltimore. ... That has been our intention from the start." He said details of the film's budget, which will dictate where Hairspray will be shot, are being worked out. Open auditions for several roles in the film will be held nationwide beginning next month in Atlanta.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman would pitch well earlier this year, and you almost expected him to get on a run and turn into the guy he was the previous season and a half. Then he would come back with a disaster; his pitches looked flat, his velocity was down and he couldn't throw strikes. Perhaps the question I most often received from about mid-April on was "What's wrong with Tillman?” He allowed just five earned runs in his first four starts of the year and then he got shelled in Toronto.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
After spending the majority of the season's first two months away from Camden Yards, the Orioles' 10-game homestand was their longest so far this year. And the four-game weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays provided a valuable opportunity to cut the gap between themselves and the American League East division leaders. Even though it's only the middle of June and more than 90 games remain in the season, the Orioles' series split with the Blue Jays was an opportunity lost.
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