The Orioles are glad to get out of Boston, where their four-game series seemed to last an eternity.
There were David Ortiz’s tantrum theatrics on Sunday, and a nice little 1-hour, 42-minute rain delay to cap it all off on Monday in a game that included three errors.
Oh, and along the way, the Orioles lost second baseman Jonathan Schoop for a projected six-to-eight weeks.
The next stop is Toronto, where the Orioles haven’t had nearly the success they’ve enjoyed at Fenway Park over the past four seasons. The Orioles lost two of three to the Jays -- their only series loss this season -- in their first home series of this month.
Right-hander Bud Norris, who has historically had great success against the Blue Jays, will start Tuesday’s opener. He last faced the Blue Jays in the Orioles home opener on April 10, and he was charged with eight runs on seven hits over three-plus innings. He recorded one strikeout and one walk.
Last season, he was 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in five starts against Toronto. He was also 2-0 with a 3.97 ERA in two 2014 starts at the Rogers Centre.
So which Norris will show up?
It’s unclear whether Jose Reyes, who has been out with a rib injury, will play Tuesday night. The team is optimistic.
Reyes hits well against Norris, going 11-for-30 (.367) against the Orioles right-hander.
Expect Dioner Navarro to be in the lineup. He is 6-for-16 against Norris, hitting .375 with a homer and three RBIs.
The Orioles will get a rematch against Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle, who also started the Orioles home opener. He allowed just two runs on eight hits over six innings.
I think we will see Delmon Young, who is hitting .396 (21-for-53) with four homers and nine RBIs against Buehrle, in the starting lineup.
Adam Jones, whose nine-game hit streak was snapped in Monday’s rain-shortened game, is hitting .412 (14-for-34) with two home runs and seven RBIs against Buehrle.