TORONTO – Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will hit from the No. 7 spot tonight for the first time since Sept. 23, 2012, and Delmon Young will bat cleanup for the second time in three games.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the revamped roster gives the club its best opportunity against Toronto left-handed Mark Buehrle.
Young is a career .396 hitter (19-for-48) with four homers and eight RBIs against Buehrle.
Nelson Cruz, who is still batting fifth, is mired in a 1-for-32 slump. But he is 6-for-13 with a double, three homers, five runs and 10 RBIs in three games at Rogers Centre this season.
Davis is 6-for-19 (.316) with two homers and two RBIs against Buehrle in his career.
“Delmon’s been swinging the bat well. He’s done decent against Buehrle,” Showalter said. “I thought Nelson had some good at-bats yesterday. I think he’s very close. Chris [has been good] defensively and has had some success against Buehrle. It just presents our best challenge for a very good pitcher that once again is on schedule to throw 200 innings.”
The Orioles have a 18-8 road record since May 31, and their .692 winning percentage away from Camden Yards over that span is the best in the major leagues.
There’s a lot of buzz about this week’s series here in Toronto as local media have touted it as the first time the Blue Jays are playing a meaningful home series in August in a decade.
A local newspaper’s backpage headline called it the biggest series ever, and there’s expected to be a crowd tonight of more than 30,000.
“I remember in 1992, ‘93, ’94 here when it was hard to get a ticket,” Showalter said. “I think it’s good for baseball, it’s good for Toronto. It’s a baseball town.”
* The Orioles lead the majors with a 3.12 ERA at night, and their 47 wins at night rank third in the majors and second in the AL.
* Nick Markakis had his 42nd multihit game of the season Monday, tying him with the Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano for second-most in the majors behind the Houston Astros' Jose Altuve (47).
* Over his last nine games, Caleb Joseph is 11-for-30 (.367/.387/.667) with two homers, three doubles and four RBIs.
Here are tonight's starting lineups:
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Delmon Young DH
Nelson Cruz LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis 1B
Caleb Joseph C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Bud Norris RHP
Jose Reyes SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Dioner Navarro RF
Juan Francisco 1B
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus DH
Munenori Kawasaki 2B
Anthony Gose CF
Mark Buehrle LHP
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