(Sports Network) - The Toronto Blue Jays are finally starting to live up to
On Friday, they turn to one of their top pitching prospects, as left-hander
Sean Nolin makes his big league debut in the second of four games against the
Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre.
Nolin suffered a strained groin in spring training, but has showed no ill
effects from the injury at Double-A New Hampshire, where he was 2-0 with a
1.17 ERA in three starts.
"He's got the stuff to do it," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He's
pitching in a nice little groove, and we need somebody. He's a very mature
kid, he carries himself well. He can handle that."
Toronto won for the third time in four tries in Thursday's opener, as Edwin
Encarnacion's fifth career grand slam helped the Blue Jays to a 12-6 triumph.
J.P. Arencibia added a two-run homer and four RBI for the Blue Jays, who have
won seven of 10.
"Edwin hitting that ball to give us some breathing room it makes the game,
definitely not easier, but definitely a little more relaxing," said Arencibia.
Brandon Morrow (2-3) picked up the win and allowed six runs on 10 hits while
striking out five over seven-plus innings.
Manny Machado hit three doubles and knocked in two runs for the Orioles, who
had a two-game winning streak snapped. Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Chris
Davis all hit solo homers.
Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman (0-1), making his MLB debut, gave up four runs
on seven hits while striking out five over five innings. Gausman, the fourth
overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, went 2-4 with a 3.11 ERA in
eight starts with Double-A Bowie this season.
"He gave us a chance to win against a team swinging the bat as hot as
anybody," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
Getting the call for the Orioles on Friday will be righty Chris Tillman, who
is 3-2 with a 3.52 ERA. Tillman absorbed the loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday, as
he was reached for three runs and five hits in six innings.
"Pitching wasn't the issue today," Showalter said after that loss
Tillman has faced the Blue Jays six times and is 1-2 against them with a 3.89
Baltimore took two of three from the Jays earlier in the year.
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