Orioles on deck: What to watch Thursday at Blue Jays

First pitch, broadcast info, starting pitchers and what to watch in the Orioles' game against the Blue Jays.

Orioles (35-23) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (32-29)

Where: Rogers Centre


First pitch: 7:07 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Tyler Wilson (2-5, 4.39 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman (5-2, 4.82 ERA)

What to watch

1. Slow their roll. The Blue Jays were a season-worst four games under .500 and seven games out of first place in the American League East on May 18. They're 13-6 and haven't lost back-to-back games since and have been as close as within 2 1/2 games of first. Can the hot-again, first-place Orioles put some distance between themselves and the awakening Blue Jays?

2. Sleeping on Stroman. While it looks like the Orioles might be facing Opening Day starter Marcus Stroman at the right moment, they might be getting him at the absolute worst time. The 25-year-old has allowed at least six runs in three of his past starts, struggling to a 7.77 ERA during that time and ballooning his ERA by more than a run. Could tonight be the start of a breakout for the talented right-hander?

3. Chris Davis in or out. Before Wednesday's game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated Chris Davis is dealing with some physical problems but said the day off was a routine rest day. After the game, Showalter was slightly more cryptic, saying if Davis felt exactly as he did a day ago, he'd sit again. Will the rest do Davis good or is he ailing to the point that it's affecting his performance?

Orioles lineup

CF Adam Jones
LF Hyun Soo Kim
SS Manny Machado
1B Chris Davis
RF Mark Trumbo
C  Matt Wieters
DH Pedro Alvarez
2B Jonathan Schoop
3B Ryan Flaherty