Toronto (79-73) at Baltimore (68-83)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Baltimore, MD, US
Temp: 68° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Fri Sep 19, 2003
  • TV: RSN, WB54
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Omar Daal makes his first start since June 23 as his Baltimore Orioles open a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards.

Daal, who joined the Orioles as a free agent in January, started the season as the team’s No. 2 starter, but went 4-10 with a 5.86 ERA before going on the disabled list on July 3 with tendinitis in his left rotator cuff.

Pitching with a sore shoulder for much of the season, the veteran left-hander became the first Baltimore pitcher to record 10 losses before the All-Star break since Mike Boddicker in 1988.

He was sent to the bullpen and made one relief appearance on June 27, giving up three earned runs and six hits in three innings in a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, before going on the DL.

Daal pitched two innings of relief Sunday in his first outing since being activated last week, giving up one earned run and three hits in Baltimore’s 5-3 win.

The Orioles’ game with the New York Yankees was stopped after five innings in a 1-1 tie because of rain and the approach of Hurricane Isabel. The individual statistics will count, and the commissioner’s office said that the game will be made up as part of a doubleheader in New York on either Sept. 26 or 27.

The start of the game had been moved from 7:05 p.m. to 12:35 p.m., but rain had already started falling before the first pitch. The Yankees were upset with the decision to play, but Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove didn’t understand the fuss.

“I wasn’t surprised at all,” he said. “If we would have been New York, I’m sure they would have done the same thing.”

Brian Roberts went 2-for-3 with a double for the Orioles, who had lost six of eight coming into the game.

The Blue Jays come off Thursday’s 10-6 win over the Detroit Tigers, their third straight victory and seventh in eight games.

Reed Johnson and Vernon Wells homered for Toronto, while Bobby Kielty added two hits.

STANDINGS: Blue Jays - 3rd place, 15 GB, AL East. Orioles - 4th place, 25 1/2 GB, AL East.

BLUE JAYS PROBABLE STARTER: Kelvim Escobar (11-9, 4.44 ERA). Escobar gave up one earned run and five hits in six innings of a 6-1 win Saturday over the Orioles—his sixth victory in nine decisions. In 28 career appearances, including 12 starts, against Baltimore, the right-hander is 9-2 with a 3.86 ERA.

ORIOLES PROBABLE STARTER: Daal (4-10, 5.83 ERA). Daal is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in four career appearances, including three starts, against the Blue Jays.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Blue Jays - Wells, .316 avg. and 112 runs; Carlos Delgado, 35 HRs and 128 RBIs; Eric Hinske, 11 SBs. Orioles - Brian Roberts, .279 avg. and 22 SBs; Tony Batista, 25 HRs; Jay Gibbons, 97 RBIs and 76 runs.

SEASON SERIES: Blue Jays, 9-7.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Blue Jays - OF Johnson’s homer extended his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games—the longest by a rookie in team history. … OF Frank Catalanotto, who left Wednesday’s game with tightness in his hamstring, said he was feeling better on Thursday, but did not play. He said he hopes to be ready for this series. … Wells is just the third center fielder to drive in 100 runs in each of his first two full seasons, joining Joe DiMaggio in 1936-37 and Al Simmons in 1924-25. Orioles - OF Larry Bigbie had his nine-game hitting streak snapped Thursday. … The Orioles need two wins in their next three games to earn their first winning home record since 2000. … Hargrove said that RHP Kurt Ainsworth could be available to pitch Saturday against Toronto. Ainsworth, who was acquired from the San Francisco Giants on July 31, has not pitched since May 30 because of a fractured right shoulder blade.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blue Jays - 43-35 on the road; Orioles - 39-38 at home.

INJURIES: Blue Jays - LHP Doug Creek (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Bob File (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Catalanotto (hamstring), day-to-day. Orioles - RHP Ainsworth (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Erik Bedard (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Erickson (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Willis Roberts (elbow), 60-day DL; IF David Segui (wrist), 60-day DL; OF Albert Belle (hip), 60-day DL; OF Marty Cordova (elbow), 60-day DL.

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K. Escobar MIL vs. O. Daal BAL
13-9 Record 4-11
4.29 ERA 6.34
159 K 53
78 BB 30
1.48 WHIP 1.75