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Toronto at Baltimore

Venue: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
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The Baltimore Orioles' chances for a second straight postseason appearance have officially been dashed, largely due to the club's prolonged offensive slump.

They'll hope the offense finally comes alive Wednesday night against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays as the Orioles try to avoid their first seven-game losing streak in two years.

Baltimore (81-76) was mathematically eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday with a 3-2 loss in 10 innings, with Mark DeRosa driving in both the tying run in the eighth as a pinch-hitter as well as the go-ahead score.

The Orioles haven't been to the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 1996-97. Baltimore earned a reputation for squeaking out close victories last year after going 29-9 in one-run games, but is 17-31 in such contests this season.

The club hasn't lost seven in a row since a nine-game skid from July 4-15, 2011.

"We play all the way from February 15th or whenever we started to get to the playoffs," J.J. Hardy said. "It's hard to think that after how many games we've played since then, we're not going, so yeah, it's tough."

The Orioles trailed Tampa Bay by two games for the AL's second wild-card spot on Sept. 2. They're 8-13 since while scoring five runs or fewer in each contest, the first time they've done so in 21 consecutive games since 1992.

Baltimore has averaged 3.3 runs during this stretch, compared to a 4.8 average in its previous 136 games, which ranked fourth in baseball.

Trying to extend the Orioles' woes will be scheduled starter Esmil Rogers (5-8, 4.52 ERA), who comes off the second-shortest start of his career. He issued five walks and was charged with a wild pitch while allowing two runs and three hits in 2 1-3 innings of a 6-3 loss at Boston on Friday.

He is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA over eight career appearances versus Baltimore, giving up three runs and five hits over six innings of a 4-3 victory in the only start on Sept. 14.

Chris Davis - who is 6 for 39 (.154) over his last nine games with 16 strikeouts - is 3 for 7 off Rogers with two doubles.

Matching up opposite Rogers will be Bud Norris (4-3, 4.63). Lingering elbow tightness has left him unable to start since Sept. 8, when he allowed four runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings in a 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox. He was the losing pitcher after surrendering the go-ahead run in a 5-4, 18-inning loss at Tampa Bay on Friday, throwing 2 1-3 innings of emergency relief.

The Orioles received good news Tuesday in the form of an MRI revealed a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in Manny Machado's left knee, an injury he can likely return from in time for spring training.

Adam Lind, who was 2 for 3 Tuesday, has hit safely in 15 of his 16 games against Baltimore this year, going 26 for 60 (.433).

Toronto can clinch the season series for the third time in four years with a win Wednesday.

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Probable Starters

Esmil Rogers, RHP
2013 stats
131.0 Innings Pitched 153.0
5-7 Wins-Losses 9-7
4.47 Earned Run Average 4.00
38 Walks 47
92 Strikeouts 111
91 Pitches Per Start 96
Career vs. opponent
16.2 Innings Pitched 35.2
1-0 Wins-Losses 2-2
2.70 Earned Run Average 3.79

Miguel Gonzalez, RHP
Weather
weather image  Mostly sunny. Mild.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
75°F49°F5mph/E37%13%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Toronto3rd AL East8379.512136-4 L 1
Baltimore1st AL East9666.593-4-6 W 1
 
 
Injuries
Toronto
PlayerInjury
M. CabreraFinger
M. IzturisKnee
C. JenkinsHand
B. LawrieBack
Baltimore
PlayerInjury
C. DavisSuspension
M. MachadoKnee
J. SantanaShoulder
M. WietersElbow
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 4DETDET 10-4Smyly Gonzalez 
Apr 5DETDET 7-6Porcello Norris 
Apr 6DETBAL 3-1Tillman Verlander 
May 12BALDET 4-1Porcello Norris 
May 13BALDET 4-1Miller Hunter 
May 14BALDET 7-5Verlander Gausman 
Oct 2BAL   
Oct 3BAL   
Oct 5DET 3:45 PM EDT  
Oct 6DET   
Oct 8BAL