They’ll try for their seventh home win over Baltimore in eight meetings when these teams continue their series Tuesday night.
Toronto (67-83) are 21-43 against division rivals in 2009, but improved to 6-1 at home this season against the Orioles (60-90) with Monday night’s series-opening 9-2 victory.
The Blue Jays will be short-handed again, as shortstop Marco Scutaro(notes) is expected to miss rest of the season after an MRI on Monday showed a tear in his right heel. Scutaro, who has been bothered by pain in the same area since late July, was batting .282, third-best among the team’s active regulars. He also had a career-high 12 homers and matched another with 60 RBIs.
“As soon as I feel good, I’m going to play,” Scutaro told the team’s official Web site. “I just want to play … I don’t like sitting around here and watching the games on TV.”
Brian Tallet(notes) (7-9, 5.31 ERA) is expected to start for the Blue Jays despite taking a line drive off his right foot last Wednesday in New York. He left after giving up two runs in two innings but did not get a decision in Toronto’s 5-4 loss.
Since returning to the rotation Sept. 1, Tallet has benefited from a 9.8 run support average, parlaying it into a 2-1 record despite a 6.87 ERA.
As they try to avoid a season high-tying sixth straight loss, the Orioles will turn to Mark Hendrickson(notes) (5-5, 4.47) to keep his former team at bay. The 6-foot-9 left-hander, who began his career with the Blue Jays in 2002 and 2003, has dropped four straight starts against Toronto including an 8-4 road loss May 1. He’s 3-7 with a 4.92 ERA in 16 appearances - 11 starts - versus the Blue Jays.
Hendrickson is 4-0 with a 3.44 ERA in relief this season, but is 1-5 with a 6.25 ERA as a starter and has lost five straight starts since winning his season debut April 10.
Making his first start since May 12 on Thursday night, he took the loss in a 3-0 defeat to visiting Tampa Bay after giving up two runs over 3 1-3 innings.
“I thought the first three innings, he was real sharp,” manager Dave Trembley told Baltimore’s official Web site. He did a real nice job for the first time out.”
Brian Roberts(notes) will try to give him teammate a boost and tie the majors’ single-season record for doubles by a switch hitter, set by Lance Berkman(notes) in 2001. Roberts has a career-high 54 this season.
The Orioles are 6-24 in road games against AL East rivals.