Wednesday marks a potentially massive day on the sporting calendar for fans of Canada's lone MLB team, as the Toronto Blue Jays can clinch their first AL East division title since 1993 with a victory over the Baltimore Orioles in Maryland.
- The Orioles are 1-7 in Gonzalez's last eight starts.
- Russell Martin is hitting .255 with three home runs and 45 RBIs in 45 career games vs. Baltimore.
- Injured Blue Jays SS Troy Tulowitzki is expected to return to the lineup within the next few days.
In the first game of a doubleheader the Bluebirds are slated to send young gun Marcus Stroman (3-0, 1.89 ERA) to the mound, while the Orioles are scheduled to counter with Miguel Gonzalez (9-11, 4.85 ERA). A win guarantees the Jays home-field advantage in the AL Divisional Series.
Toronto's magic number now sits at just one in the wake of New York's 10-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox Tuesday evening. Thanks to inclement weather in the Baltimore area, Tuesday's scheduled game will be made up today.
R.A. Dickey (11-11, 4.00 ERA) and Kevin Gausman (3-7, 4.49 ERA) are the probable starters for Toronto and Baltimore in the second tilt of the day.