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Preview: Blue Jays (53-48) at Orioles (54-45)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Date: September 25, 2013 7:05 PM EDT
  

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.

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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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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Blue Jays at Orioles
Tue, Sep 24 Final 3 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Blue Jays at Orioles
Wed, Sep 25 Final 5 to 9
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Blue Jays at Orioles
Thu, Sep 26 Final 2 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TOR  +135   -170   8 
 BAL  -150   +150   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TOR  +140   -170   8 
 BAL  -155   +150   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TOR  54%   46%   42% 
 BAL  46%   54%   58% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Sep 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 3 Cover: +157 
 BAL 2 Under: 5 
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 Sep 15, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 3 Cover: +100 
 TOR 1 Under: 4 
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 Sep 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 3 Under: 7 
 TOR 4 Cover: +125 
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 Sep 13, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 5 Cover: +100 
 TOR 3 Under: 8 
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 Jul 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 4 Over: 11 
 BAL 7 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 13, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 7 Cover: +140 
 BAL 3 Over: 10 
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 Jul 12, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 5 Over: 13 
 BAL 8 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 5 Over: 18 
 TOR 13 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 2 Under: 6 
 TOR 4 Cover: +105 
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 Jun 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 6 Over: 13 
 TOR 7 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Wednesday, Sep 25
 
    Mets at Reds
12:35 PM EDT
    Nationals at Cardinals
1:45 PM EDT
    Pirates at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Athletics at Angels
3:35 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Royals at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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