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Venue: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
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The Toronto Blue Jays have shown offensive improvement since Cito Gaston took over as manager last month. A few more games like Tuesday and Gaston will look like a genius.

The Blue Jays look to win consecutive road games for the first time this month as they continue a four-game series Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles.

A 35-39 record and a weak offense were contributing factors in John Gibbons' dismissal as Toronto manager on June 20. The Blue Jays (49-51) had a .258 batting average under Gibbons - hitting a dismal .231 with runners in scoring position - and averaged 4.0 runs per game.

Re-hiring Gaston, who managed Toronto to World Series titles in 1992 and 1993, was a logical move since he was also the team's hitting coach from 1982 to 1989 and again in 2000 and 2001.

The Blue Jays are 14-12 under Gaston, batting a respectable .266 and averaging 4.9 runs per contest. Despite that slight improvement, Toronto still ranks 11th in the AL in runs scored (426) and 13th in homers (70).

"It might've got a little better since I've been here, but it hasn't been great, either," Gaston told the Blue Jays' official Web site.

After losing Monday's series opener, the Blue Jays erased a four-run deficit and pounded out 14 hits in a 10-8 victory Tuesday.

Adam Lind had a career-high four hits, including a three-run homer for Toronto, which entered Tuesday having lost 14 of 18 on the road.

Lind is 27-for-78 (.346) with five homers and 22 RBIs in 22 games since his recall from Triple-A Syracuse on June 21.

"I struggled a little when I first came back, then I just turned myself over to the staff and put my future in their hands," Lind said. "I am a believer. When you say you have Cito Gaston as your manager ... even my friends said, 'You have a guy like that, you listen to him. He has got to know what he's talking about.'"

The Blue Jays, who haven't won back-to-back away contests since June 22 and 30, vaulted over the Orioles (48-51) into fourth place in the AL East.

Baltimore wasted another big game from Melvin Mora, who had four hits, a homer and a season-high five RBIs. He is 12-for-24 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in six games since the All-Star break.

Nick Markakis and Ramon Hernandez also homered for the Orioles, whose starters have a 6.57 ERA in 18 games this month.

Baltimore looks to get back in the win column behind top starter Jeremy Guthrie (6-7, 3.60 ERA). The right-hander improved to 3-0 in his last six starts with a 7-4 victory over Detroit on Friday despite allowing four runs and a season-high 12 hits in six innings.

Guthrie, who has pitched at least six innings in 12 of his last 13 appearances, is 1-0 with a 2.65 ERA in five career starts against the Blue Jays. He has faced Toronto twice this season and limited them to two earned runs and 10 hits in 14 innings.

A.J. Burnett (10-9, 4.84) looks to win on the road for the first time in over two months. The right-hander is 0-4 with a 5.51 ERA in five away starts since beating Philadelphia on May 17.

His last road start, however, was excellent though it resulted in a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday. Burnett gave up two runs and five hits over seven innings.

Burnett is 5-1 with a 5.26 ERA in eight career starts versus Baltimore, going 1-1 with a 13.97 ERA in two this season.

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Probable Starters

A.J. Burnett, RHP
2008 stats
134.0 Innings Pitched 135.0
10-9 Wins-Losses 6-7
4.84 Earned Run Average 3.60
60 Walks 39
132 Strikeouts 88
105 Pitches Per Start 104
Career vs. opponent
53.0 Innings Pitched 34.0
6-1 Wins-Losses 1-0
5.26 Earned Run Average 2.65

Jeremy Guthrie, RHP
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Toronto3rd AL East67.46224-6 L 1
Baltimore2nd AL East76.53815-5 L 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Jeremy Guthrie
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Inglett31000.333
Overbay103011.300
Lind72001.286
Rios113011.273
Eckstein41011.250
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs A.J. Burnett
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Scott42021.500
Quiroz31000.333
Markakis227014.318
Roberts247225.292
Jones82103.250
 

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GAME ODDS
AwayLineHomeLine
Toronto 110 Baltimore -120
Injuries
Toronto
PlayerInjury
M. IzturisGroin
J. ReyesRib
M. SaundersKnee
M. StromanKnee
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J. SchoopKnee
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W. WrightNeck
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 10BALTOR 12-5Buehrle Norris 
Apr 11BALBAL 7-1Jimenez Sanchez 
Apr 12BALTOR 10-7Loup Tillman 
Apr 21TOR 7:07 PM EDT  
Apr 22TOR 7:07 PM EDT  
Apr 23TOR 7:07 PM EDT  
May 11BAL 7:05 PM EDT  
May 12BAL 7:05 PM EDT  
May 13BAL 7:05 PM EDT  
Jun 19TOR 7:07 PM EDT  
Jun 20TOR 1:07 PM EDT  
Jun 21TOR 1:07 PM EDT  
Sep 4TOR 7:07 PM EDT  
Sep 5TOR 1:07 PM EDT  
Sep 6TOR 1:07 PM EDT  
Sep 28BAL 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 29BAL 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 30BAL 7:05 PM EDT  
Oct 1BAL 7:05 PM EDT