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BALTIMORE–The Baltimore Orioles will try for something unusual when they take on the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. ET at Camden Yards — a three-game sweep.Baltimore comes into this game with a 39-94 record after winning the first two games of this series Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey , the latest being a 12-5 victory on Tuesday that gave Josh Rogers a victory in his first major league start.The Orioles have won at least three in a row twice this season, with four straight being the team’s longest winning streak. But they’ve never swept a three-game series.Article continues below ...Baltimore will send out Alex Cobb (4-15, 5.00 ERA) to start against Ryan Borucki (3-3, 4.12) in the series finale.Cobb has pitched much better since the All-Star break despite his record. The veteran right-hander has allowed two runs or less in five of his last seven starts.He has a 3-5 career record with a 4.34 ERA versus the Blue Jays. Cobb has found a much better feel for his splitter, which can be an out pitch for him.Borucki will make his first career appearance against the Orioles. The rookie has not gone against Baltimore yet, and now he will try to stop the sweep in his 12th start of 2018.Interestingly, the Orioles came into this series with a 1-12 record against the Blue Jays. Toronto won all 10 games versus Baltimore when the teams met in Canada, but the two had played just three times in Camden Yards in 2018 — where the Orioles were 1-2.Baltimore has gotten plenty of offense from rookie center fielder Cedric Mullins, dealing with a sore left hip that kept him out of two of the last three games Baker Mayfield Jersey Elite , including Tuesday’s.Orioles manager Buck Showalter played Mullins Monday but elected to be careful Tuesday and didn’t put him until late as a defensive replacement.“He was OK last night, a little sore today, but nothing he probably couldn’t play with,” Showalter said. “But I just want to get ahead of it. I’m hoping he can continue to make improvements needed to hit from both sides of the plate.”The Blue Jays had won five in a row before losing the final game of the Phillies’ series on Sunday. Now, they’ve dropped three straight and allowed 19 runs to Baltimore in the first two games of this series.Toronto needs to do a better job of not falling behind early against the Orioles. It’s happened both times in this series.On Monday, there was nothing the Jays could do in a 7-0 loss. They fell behind 7-1 early in Tuesday’s game and cut the lead to four but Baltimore eventually ended up with the victory.The weather also could be an issue as the game-time temperature was 92 with humidity making it feel like 100 degrees Tuesday, probably one reason that rookie Thomas Pannone struggled in his 3 1/3-inning effort in the 12-5 loss.More of the same is forecast for Wednesday in the series finale.“It’s not an easy night to pitch,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “Man, you’re sweating bullets out there.” Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesWhile the New York Yankees were eliminated in the division series this season , it was significantly worse for fans and team personnel that they lost to the rival Boston Red Sox."[It] certainly pisses me off," Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. "I never want a division rival to outdo us."He was also blunt in his assessment of the performance during the 3-1 series defeat."I am frustrated we did not play up to our ability," Steinbrenner added. "Except for [Masahiro] Tanaka, the starting pitching was not good and the hitting was inconsistent. We are much better than we played in that series."He also indicated that he wouldn't hold back on adding a high-priced free agent, like Manny Machado, to potentially keep up with the Red Sox.While Steinbrenner wouldn't directly discuss any free agent, including Machado or Bryce Harper, he noted a 10-year deal hasn't "scared us in the past and won't in the future."This could give the Yankees a major leg-up compared to teams that would be afraid of that type of long-term commitment.Giancarlo Stanton already has at least nine more years under contract , although he came over in a trade with the Miami Marlins. The other side of the coin is Jacoby Ellsbury, who still has two more years on his deal but didn't play at all in 2018.In addition to money, a major problem with Machado is his reputation of adirty playerwhodoesn't hustle. Steinbrenner explained that the front office will consider this before making a decision:"That kind of stuff [lack of hustle/dirty play], irregardless of who the player is, in any trade or free-agent acquisition, these are the questions we are asking. The analytics, the pro scouting are always talking temperament, personality, motivation , how good a teammate someone is, do they understand what is expected of them by the New York Yankees and by the fans of New York City. It does matter, and it will be no different this year."The Yankees roster as currently assembled was good enough to win 100 games, but the Red Sox were simply better and they brought home a World Series title. The owner wants to improve in the offseason so they can win the division and potentially go deeper in the playoffs.Players like Machado will help, but the staff will have to decide whether he is worth the cost.

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