The Orioles, hoping to start the second half better than the first, will look to its starting pitchers and recent win surge for help.
As a starting pitching unit, Jeremy Guthrie, Kevin Millwood, Brian Matusz and Brad Bergesen have struggled for much of the season, piling up no more than three wins each.
Yet, players and coaches are happy that coming into the All-Star break they were able to record a four-game sweep against the Rangers and believe that momentum can help them come into the second half with a better mindset.
"We want to come back and have a better second half. If we can play well against the Rangers, obviously we can play well against anybody," O's center fielder Corey Patterson said.
Come the second half for the Blue Jays, Ricky Romero and Brandon Morrow will start the first two games of the series against the O's, with Shaun Marcum possibly starting the third.
Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said before Sunday's game against the Red Sox that barring any setbacks after going on the disabled list on July 2 with an inflamed right elbow, Marcum will pitch.
Blue Jays: Escobar to make debut
Yunel Escobar, acquired on Wednesday from the Braves for fellow shortstop Alex Gonzalez, will play in his first game for the Blue Jays. Escobar is a stellar defender at his position and has a proven track record as a solid contributor on offense. This year, though, the 27-year-old has hit just .238 with no home runs and 19 RBIs over 75 games.
Orioles: Road warriors
The O's win against the Rangers Saturday marked their first road series victory of the season.
Chris Tillman's 7 1/3 innings pitched on Saturday marked the first time since August 5, 2008 that an O's pitcher has given up two or fewer hits and zero earned runs.
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Jays' early offense stops streak in Baltimore
The Blue Jays scored in each of the first three innings and provided enough for Ricky Romero and the bullpen, which held off a late rally attempt by the Orioles, who had won their past four games entering Friday.
Blue Jays Beat
|Lewis, F, LF||4||2||2||0||1||0||2||.279|
|Escobar, Y, SS||4||0||1||0||1||0||1||.238|
|Wells, V, CF||3||0||1||1||0||0||3||.266|
|Hill, A, 2B||4||2||3||1||0||0||2||.196|
|Buck, J, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.272|
|Patterson, C, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.283|
|Tejada, M, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.276|
|1-Moore, S, PR-1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.254|
|Jones, Ad, CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.273|
|Izturis, C, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.236|
1-Ran for Wigginton in the 8th.
2B: Lewis, F (25, Bergesen), Hill, A (13, Bergesen), Overbay (19, Bergesen).
HR: Hill, A (13, 2nd inning off Bergesen, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Lewis, F 3; Escobar, Y; Wells, V; Lind; Hill, A 7; Overbay 2; Buck, J.
RBI: Wells, V (50), Hill, A (34), Lind (41), Overbay (32).
2-out RBI: Lind.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hill, A; Lewis, F 2.
SF: Wells, V.
GIDP: Encarnacion; Wells, V.
Team RISP: 3-for-12.
Team LOB: 8.
E: Lewis, F (3, fielding), Encarnacion (9, fielding).
DP: (Overbay-Escobar, Y-Overbay).
2B: Pie (3, Romero, R), Wigginton (14, Camp).
TB: Tejada, M; Wigginton 3; Pie 3; Lugo 2.
RBI: Lugo (14).
2-out RBI: Lugo.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Patterson, C 2; Izturis, C; Jones, Ad 2.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 6.
E: Tejada, M (15, fielding).
PB: Tatum (1).
DP: 2 (Tejada, M-Lugo-Wigginton, Albers-Lugo-Wigginton).
|Romero, R(W, 7-6)||7.0||5||2||0||1||5||0||3.50|
|Downs, S(H, 17)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.61|
Groundouts-flyouts: Romero, R 12-1, Downs, S 1-0, Camp 0-0, Gregg 0-0, Bergesen 10-3, Albers 3-0, Ohman 1-0, Uehara 0-1, Hernandez, Da 0-0.
Batters faced: Romero, R 27, Downs, S 3, Camp 2, Gregg 3, Bergesen 28, Albers 3, Ohman 3, Uehara 4, Hernandez, Da 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Camp 1-0, Uehara 1-0, Hernandez, Da 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Mike DiMuro. 1B: Jim Reynolds. 2B: Tim Welke. 3B: Bill Welke.
Weather: 94 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, R to L.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media