June 15 — Orioles vs. Blue Jays

Hello again — Arden Zwelling here covering the Orioles from beautiful Toronto. Brittany took this series off so she can watch game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals  take some much deserved time off. I’ll have all the news here, on Orioles.com and on twitter.

But about that Stanley Cup thing. We are in Canada so the attendance tonight might not be much. And those of us Canadians in the press box may be slightly distracted during the game. But we’ll do our best to catch the important stuff.

Of course, the Orioles don’t much care for Canada where they’ve lost their last 15 consecutive games, 20 of their last 21 and 21 of their last 24.  Buck Showalter said he likes Canada — ‘everything but customs’ he grumbled — but he’s only been with the Orioles for less than a year. The last time this team won in Toronto was August 7, 2009 which gave the Orioles a whopping 1-8 record in Toronto that year. Add an 0-9 in 2010 and the current 0-1 in 2011 to that and you’ve got a pretty good reason to dread border travel. More on that in today’s notebook which should be up on Orioles.com shortly after first pitch.

Yesterday was a strange day of mixed emotions for Rick Adair who took over for Mark Connor as Orioles pitching coach after Connor resigned Monday. Read more about that here.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter hopes the transition will be relatively seamless since the two men have similar pitching philosophies and Adair has over seven full seasons of previous experience as a pitching coach. Adair would have actually been the prime candidate to be the Orioles pitching coach this year had the team not hired Connor who Showalter called one of the most respected pitching coaches in baseball.

“It’s difficult circumstances, absolutely. It’s a little different today emotionally to say the least,” Adair said Tuesday. “Obviously [Connor] is more experienced than I am and if I can be half of what he has been I’ll be okay.”

Adair sat down with Showalter and Connor in Baltimore Monday as Connor delivered the news. The trio has known each other for decades and the conversation was emotional to say the least.

“I don’t know if I got as emotional as buck did but we go way back and have been through a lot of wars together,” Adair said. “Obviously going back to building the franchise in Arizona and then in Texas. We’ve been pretty good friends for a long time. We’ve known each other over 20 years.”

Adair got to make his first mound visit as the Orioles pitching coach in the bottom of the fourth last night to discuss strategy with Chris Jakubauskas who had just intentionally walked Jose Bautista to load the bases. Whatever advice he gave paid off as Jakubauskas worked the Blue Jays cleanup hitter Adam Lind to a 1-2 count before Lind weakly ground out to the right side.

Tonight’s lineups:


  1. J.J. Hardy SS
  2. Nick Markakis RF
  3. Adam Jones CF
  4. Vladimir Guerrero DH
  5. Matt Wieters C
  6. Derrek Lee 1B
  7. Mark Reynolds 3B
  8. Nolan Reimold LF
  9. Robert Andino 2B
Starting pitcher: Jake Arrieta (8-3, 4.48 ERA)
Blue Jays
  1. Yunel Escobar SS
  2. Corey Patterson LF
  3. Jose Bautista RF
  4. Adam Lind DH
  5. Juan Rivera 1B
  6. J.P. Arencibia C
  7. Aaron Hill 2B
  8. Rajai Davis CF
  9. Jayson Nix 3B
Starting pitcher: Ricky Romero (5-6, 3.18 ERA)

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