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BAL@BOS: Tillman fans five over five frames in win

The Blue Jays will try to put a little more distance between themselves and the Orioles when the teams clash again Wednesday at Rogers Centre.

With their 9-3 victory Tuesday, Toronto has taken three of four games from Baltimore so far this season, earning early division wins the team hopes will come in handy down the road.

"You have to beat the teams in your division. It's no secret you play them enough, you gotta beat them," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "If you look at the teams, they're pretty even ball clubs … there's a lot of parity."

The Blue Jays have a 6-5 record against American League East teams this year. They haven't posted a winning record against the division since 2010, when they were 39-33.

Baltimore ace Chris Tillman will get the start on the mound for the visitors on Wednesday. Overall, the O's rotation has struggled -- much like the Blue Jays' -- to pitch deep into ball games, so they'll be looking to Tillman to log some innings. To compensate for the meager 108 innings the starting rotation threw through 19 games, Baltimore has carried a 13-man pitching staff in order to shoulder the extra work that's fallen on the arms of relievers.

"I'm not so sure sometimes if we're better off, especially when Manny [Machado] gets back, being at 13 pitchers all year," said Baltimore manager Buck Showalter. "… More important than anything, it keeps your people healthy. I'm not going to put them in harm's way."

Tillman's only loss this season came against Toronto on April 11. He pitched eight innings and allowed three hits and a walk in the Blue Jays' 2-0 win. He is 3-4 in 11 career starts against Toronto with a 3.42 ERA, and 1-3 lifetime at Rogers Centre with a 4.95 ERA. He earned a win in his last outing, going five innings while striking out five against Boston on Friday night.

Dustin McGowan will start for Toronto. The righty battled the extreme Minnesota cold in his last outing, and managed only four-plus innings of work in a no-decision against the Twins on Thursday.

Blue Jays: Janssen back with team after rehab shut down

Closer Casey Janssen was back with the team Tuesday after having his rehab assignment shut down over the weekend.

Janssen, who is dealing with a left abdominal injury, was sent to Class A Advanced Dunedin on an advanced rehab assignment April 15, but was shut down temporarily as of Thursday.

Now back with the team, Janssen said he hopes to throw a bullpen session this week and return to assignment "at some point."

"To be clear, it wasn't a setback," Janssen said. "I think what it was, was we realized it wasn't going to heal doing what I was doing. And so instead of putting our foot on the gas, we had to take it off a little bit and listen to my body a little bit more."

Although he's not in pain, the fact that swelling hasn't gone away could put him at risk of re-injury. Janssen said his arm still feels strong and that he doesn't believe he's lost any progress despite the shutdown.

Orioles: Machado to begin rehab assignment

Manny Machado will begin his highly-anticipated rehab assignment on Friday for Class A Advanced Frederick as the Orioles third baseman works toward a return early next month.

Showalter said the organization will wait two or three days after Machado is with Frederick and see where he is after that before determining the rest of his timeline. He will go to either Double-A Bowie or Triple-A Norfolk from there, with the O's hopeful Machado won't need to use the full 20 days given to position players on rehab assignments.

Machado served at designated hitter as scheduled Tuesday in an extended spring game and will play seven innings at third base on Wednesday. He is slated to travel back to Frederick on Thursday. The 21-year-old All-Star is coming off of October's left knee surgery.

Worth noting

• Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was not in Tuesday's starting lineup as he's dealing with right forearm soreness. He had a scheduled off-day on Monday afternoon, and Showalter said he wanted to err on the cautious side in giving Wieters one more day.

• Edwin Encarnacion smashed his first home run of the season in the sixth inning against Baltimore on Tuesday. The three-run shot to center field tied the game at 3-3 and snapped a 25-game home run drought.

• Orioles infielder Steve Lombardozzi had his seventh multi-hit game of the season on Tuesday, tying him for first on the team in that category. Comments