Toronto (64-90) at Baltimore (74-80)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Mon Sep 27, 2004
  • TV: RSN
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Toronto starter Roy Halladay has two more chances to prove to the Toronto Blue Jays that he’ll be healthy heading into the offseason.

Halladay makes his second start since returning from the disabled list as the Blue Jays open a four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

Halladay allowed three runs and four hits in four innings of Tuesday’s 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees. The outing was his first after spending two months on the DL with shoulder soreness.

“It’s been a long time since I sat two months without pitching in any games. I enjoyed being out there and I was looking forward to it,” Halladay said. “Everything’s fine. I feel great. It’s just a matter of fine-tuning location and getting back to that comfort zone.”

Halladay allowed two homers and almost gave up another, but Vernon Wells caught it over the fence.

“He felt good, and that’s the important thing,” manager John Gibbons said. “It was good to see him back out there again.”

Halladay went 22-7 last season en route to the AL Cy Young award, but has been plagued by injuries this season and is hoping just to even his record.

“I’d like to finish out the year, get my last two (starts). It’s kind of up to them,” Halladay said. “If everything’s going good and they’re happy, I’ll do what they want. I wouldn’t mind getting the last two in, just going out and getting the pitch-count up. We’ve come this far. Why not?”

Toronto’s game at Tampa Bay Sunday was canceled due to Hurricane Jeanne, and will not be made up. The Blue Jays lost 6-5 to the Devil Rays on Saturday for their third defeat in four games since a three-game winning streak.

The game had a 9:15 p.m. curfew, meaning that no inning could start after that time so that the Blue Jays would have time to leave before the hurricane hit. However, the game took just 2 hours, 20 minutes and ended at 8:36.

Eric Crozier homered for the Blue Jays, who are 2 1/2 games behind the fourth-place Devil Rays in the AL East. Toronto has not finished in last place in the division since 1997.

The Orioles beat Detroit 5-0 on Sunday, completing their first-ever season sweep of the Tigers. Miguel Tejada homered and drove in three runs and B.J. Surhoff also connected for Baltimore, which has won four in a row.

The Orioles pulled to within six games of .500 for the first time since Aug. 20.

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R. Halladay TOR vs. S. Ponson KC
8-8 Record 11-15
4.20 ERA 5.30
95 K 115
39 BB 69
1.35 WHIP 1.55