Play it again -- Blue Jays 11, Orioles 4

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Orioles starter Brian Burres breezed through the first inning, but then he seemed to lose the ability to get anybody out. Ten of the next 15 Blue Jays Burres faced reached base. He was removed after hitting John McDonald with a curveball with one out in the fourth. Burres allowed seven earned runs on eight hits, a walk and a hit batter, while lasting just 3 1/3 innings. Entering the game, Burres was 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in three games (two starts) against Toronto this season.


Down 7-0 and struggling against Toronto's A.J. Burnett, the Orioles had the tying run at the plate in the fifth inning. They already had scored three runs against Burnett and loaded the bases with two outs. However, Aubrey Huff hit a hard grounder that Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill made a diving stop on and then threw to first baseman Curtis Thigpen to end the inning. The Blue Jays scored a run in the sixth on Russ Adams' double-play ball and were pretty much in cruise control the rest of the way.


One of the worst pieces of news the Orioles got this season was the Blue Jays' signing of Frank Thomas. Thomas entered last night hitting .306 with 41 home runs and 121 RBIs in 139 games against the Orioles. He continued his torrid hitting against them, going 4-for-4 with a three-run homer in the third inning off Burres. Thomas also scored three runs.


In the series' second game, Orioles right-hander Victor Zambrano (0-2, 6.41) will oppose ace right-hander Roy Halladay (15-7, 3.71). Zambrano started the season with Toronto, going 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA before he was let go. In his first start with the Orioles, Zambrano allowed one earned run in five innings last week against the Texas Rangers. Halladay is 15-4 with a 2.79 ERA in 25 career games against the Orioles. In two starts against them this year, Halladay is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA.

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