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Baltimore-Saskatchewan today


Taylor Field, Regina, Saskatchewan

Time: 4 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 54/WJFK (1300 AM), WGRX (100.7 FM)

Records: Baltimore 11-3; Saskatchewan 5-8.

Last week: Baltimore beat Shreveport, 42-32; Saskatchewan edged Toronto, 23-20.

On the sidelines: Baltimore's Don Matthews has a 121-69-1 record in 11 CFL seasons. Saskatchewan's Ray Jauch is 132-107-4 in 13 CFL seasons.

What Baltimore has to do to win: Avoid turnovers that could result in an early lead for the Roughriders, who need a few breaks to pull off an upset.

What Saskatchewan has to do to win: Find a way to contain running back Mike Pringle, keep QB Tracy Ham in the pocket and contend with the speed of the Stallions' receiving corps. QB Warren Jones also needs to play his best game of the season.

Injury report: Baltimore -- LB Matt Goodwin (hamstring), G John James (ankle), SB Reggie Perry (knee), WR Robert Clark (ankle), SB Mike Cook (knee), LB Reggie Givens (knee), DB Kareem Bacon (back) are out. Saskatchewan -- RB Darren Joseph (ribs), DL Troy Alexander (elbow) are out. SB David Pitcher (hamstring) is questionable. Jones (heel) is probable.

Outlook: This marks the second time that Matthews has returned to the place he left for Baltimore last year, and the Stallions could be headed for a victory more impressive than last season's 35-18 rout over the Roughriders. The loss of Alexander hurts a defense that, at full strength, would have trouble containing Pringle and Ham, who is playing his best football of the season. With Mike Withycombe back at left guard, the left side of Baltimore's offensive line could have a field day. The Stallions, one of the league's toughest defenses against the run, don't figure to give Robert Mimbs -- Joseph's replacement -- much room. That means Jones has to settle for short, patient gains to sustain drives and keep Baltimore's offense off the field. It won't be easy.

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