Blue Jays look to keep recent mastery over Orioles

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Guerrero had a homer and a double Friday to extend his hit streak to 10 games.

The Blue Jays will start right-hander Taijuan Walker (2-2, 4.00), just acquired from the Seattle Mariners, in the second game of the series on Saturday and the Orioles will start right-hander Alex Cobb (1-2, 3.73).

Walker has not started since Aug. 19 because of off days in the schedule, the six-day starting rotation used by the Mariners and the trade to the Blue Jays for a player to be named.

In his most recent start, Walker earned the win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowing three runs and four hits in seven innings. The longest outing by a Blue Jays starter has been six innings.

Walker does not see a problem having more time between starts than usual. “Off days don’t hurt, extra days don’t hurt,” Walker said Friday. “I feel good.”

At one time, he threw mostly fastballs and changeups but this season he said his cutter has evolved into “more of a true slider” and he has more confidence in his curveball.

He is 1-1 with a 4.29 ERA in four career starts against the Orioles but he has not faced them since 2016.

Cobb has faced the Blue Jays this season. He took the loss against Toronto on Aug. 17, allowing five runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. In 12 career starts against Toronto, Cobb is 3-6, 4.87.

Blue Jays reliever Jordan Romano, who allowed the game-tying homer to Renato Nunez in the eighth, left the game with a finger injury one pitch later. He was undergoing tests.

“It wasn’t a blister, it was a right middle finger injury,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.

The Blue Jays sent Brandon Drury to their alternate training site Friday, making room for Walker. Left-hander Thomas Pannone cleared waivers and was outrighted to the training site.

Toronto second baseman Cavan Biggio was 0-for-4 with a walk and has reached base safely in 20 straight games.

–Field Level Media

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