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 von elaine95 , 11.12.2018 09:00

The rivalry between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles has been lopsided this season.Toronto has gone 12-4 against Baltimore and will look to maintain that dominance when the teams play their final series of the year beginning Friday at Camden Yards.The Blue Jays Sandy Koufax Jersey , however, are not the only team that has played well against the Orioles this season.Article continues below ...The Chicago White Sox took two of three games against Baltimore over the weekend. However, the Orioles won the finale 8-4, which means they can’t match the major league record of 120 losses in a season set by the 1962 New York Mets.Still, manager Buck Showalter is having a mini-crisis with his rotation because of injuries.Andrew Cashner was supposed to start the opener Monday, but is dealing with a knee injury. Fellow starter Alex Cobb is out indefinitely with a blister, and rookies Luis Ortiz injured a hamstring and Josh Rogers is pushing his innings limit.“We’re trying to put some things in place to cover us in case there continues to be a need,” Showalter said. “I look at Rogers and Cashner and even Ortiz in kind of the same light. We’ll see how Cobb’s blister, how that all develops. I hope it doesn’t develop. They were talking about potentially throwing some today, but I haven’t gotten the report back on that yet.”As a result, Showalter has not named a starter for Monday against the Blue Jays but has three players in mind, none of whom have started this season.Relievers Sean Gilmartin and Donnie Hart are two of the potential candidates. However, Showalter conceded that it’s going to be a bullpen game.Baltimore catcher Chance Sisco suffered a cut on his chin in the fourth inning Sunday against Chicago and his status is uncertain. He is being tested for a concussion.The Blue Jays are also well out of contention, but took two of three weekend games against the Yankees. Nonetheless , there are reports that manager John Gibbons will not be retained after the season. While there has not been any official announcement, Gibbons is preparing himself for that decision.“Maybe they would benefit from getting a fresh face that would grow with the young players. I’m not sure I want to go through one of those things — a total rebuild,” he told the MLB Network.Toronto will turn to rookie Ryan Borucki (3-4, 4.26 ERA) to pitch Monday against Baltimore. The left-hander was solid in his last outing against first-place Boston, allowing two and three hits with five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.“He was tremendous tonight, no doubt about it. That’s probably as good as I’ve seen him throw,” Gibbons said after the game. “It’s tough to shut a team down. He pretty much did that. He’s got good sink on his fastballs. You’ve got to stay aggressive. They’ve got a real good lineup.”Borucki previously faced Baltimore on Aug. 29 and allowed five runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. He did not pick up a decision, but the Blue Jays lost 10-5.“I try to keep it together out there,” Borucki said. “I didn’t want to show too much, but I was definitely frustrated in myself.” PHOENIX (AP) Madison Bumgarner labored through a duel of aces, working through traffic in each of his five innings.With a huge assist from third baseman Evan Longoria in the opening frame, Bumgarner scraped his way through to keep the San Francisco Giants within reach of the NL West lead.Bumgarner worked out of one jam after another to outpitch Zack Greinke and lift the Giants to an 8-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.”That’s one of those games my back’s kind of against the whole time I’m out there,” Bumgarner said. ”Had to work extra hard, but at the same time those kind of games are gratifying to keep your team in it.”Bumgarner didn’t have his best stuff Hyun-Jin Ryu Jersey , but got the outs – with some help – when he needed them. Longoria made a diving stop with the bases loaded in the first inning and Bumgarner (4-4) limited the Diamondbacks to a run on seven hits while stranding nine runners.”It saves you, a play like that, stops a rally,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ”That ball gets through, they get momentum going.”Longoria also hit a solo homer off Greinke (12-6) and San Francisco broke open a close games five runs in the eighth inning. Austin Slater had two RBIs and scored three times for the Giants, who have won four straight to stay within five games of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.Greinke gave up two runs on four hits and struck five in six innings to lose for the first time in nine starts.Arizona’s David Peralta had four hits after missing the previous two games with right shoulder tightness.”We hit the ball hard. I thought we were patient,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. ”We just couldn’t get that big hit or have that big moment at the right time.”Greinke, NL pitcher of the month for July, went 7-0 with a 1.53 ERA and 53 strikeouts in eight starts since June 18.The right-hander had been using his slow curveball effectively this season, but Longoria took advantage of one in the first inning, hooking a 69 mph pitch just inside the foul pole in left for a solo homer.Bumgarner also helped himself with a run-scoring single in the fifth inning off Greinke.”The stuff was good, but the command probably wasn’t as good as the last however many starts,” Greinke said.ZIELGER RIDES THE CARTThe Diamondbacks brought back an old tradition this season with a bullpen cart. One problem: None of the Diamondbacks wanted to use it.Brad Ziegler changed that when he entered the game in the seventh inning, drawing cheers from the hometown fans. Only a handful of opposing players used the cart during games Jose Fernandez Jersey , including Ziegler as an opposing player with Miami before being traded back to Arizona.”I appreciated the ovation the fans gave me,” said Ziegler, who allowed four runs on three hits in an inning. ”It is nice to feel welcome.”SUBSTITUTION MISTAKEWith Ziegler struggling and a left-hander at the plate, Lovullo went out to replace him in the eighth inning. He couldn’t, thanks to a mistake by the umpire crew.After Arizona pitching coach Mike Butcher made a trip to the mound, the Giants brought in pinch hitter Alen Hansen. Lovullo came out of the dugout to ask the umpires if he could then switch pitchers, but was told he couldn’t.”He was told that he could not, when actually there’s a caveat rule that says when there’s a trip to the pitcher and then the guy leaves the mound and the offensive team then substitutes, it is then permissible by rule to then go to the mound to remove the pitcher,” crew chief Bill Welke said.Hanson followed with a run-scoring single in San Francisco’s five-run inning.DIAMONDBACKS MOVESArizona optioned RHP Silvino Bracho to Triple-A Reno to make room for Ziegler’s return.TRAINER’S TABLEGiants: INF Pablo Sandoval will have season-ending surgery for a right hamstring tear suffered while sliding at home plate against San Diego on Sunday.Diamondbacks: 3B Jake Lamb opted to have season-ending surgery on his left shoulder to repair fraying of the rotator cuff. He was not in pain, but the damage limited his ability to swing a bat.UP NEXTDiamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin is second in the NL with 166 strikeouts heading into Friday’s game against the Giants. San Francisco will send RHP Chris Stratton to the mound after a season-ending injury to Johnny Cueto forced manager Bruce Bochy to juggle his rotation.—

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