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GDB 45.0: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. returns as Toronto Blue Jays open series against Baltimore Orioles

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Zach Laing
1 year ago
Let’s just pretend that the whole series against the Yankees just didn’t happen, okay?
Okay?
Perfect.
Tonight, the Jays will open a three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles capping off a three-series homestand. Toronto came out on top in their first series against the Atlanta Braves with a big sweep, then against the Yankess [REDACTED].
It marks the first time the Jays get a look at the Orioles this season. They’ve been off to a great start this season with a 28-16 record god for second in the ever-so-tight AL East.
The great news for the Jays tonight is that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. returns to the lineup batting third in the order. He slides in at DH with Brandon Belt playing first base. Vladdy had tweaked his knee in game two of the series against New York, and pinch-hit in the seventh last night. He hit a sac fly for the Jays to make it a one-run game, but they couldn’t close our game four of the series.
Yusei Kikuchi gets the mound for Toronto tonight, while the O’s will send out Kyle Gibson.
First pitch: 7:07 p.m. EST
Weather: 20C.
Toronto Blue Jays: 25-19, 6.5 GB, – WCGB. +11 DIFF, 4.64 R/G, 4.25 RA/G.
Baltimore Orioles: 26-16, 3.5 GB, +3.0 WCGB. +31 DIFF, 5.00 R/G, 4.30 RA/G.
Odds via Betano:
Moneyline: TOR -154; BAL +132.
Starting pitchers:
TOR: Yusei Kikuchi LHP — 5-0, 3.89 ERA, 5.46 FIP, 1.296 WHIP, 8.6 K/9, 0.4 WAR.
BAL: Kyle Gibson RHP — 4-3, 4.67 ERA, 4.39 FIP, 1.404 WHIP, 6.2 K/9, 0.6 WAR.
Lineups: 
Toronto
  1. G Springer (R) RF
  2. B Bichette (R) SS
  3. V Guerrero Jr. (R) DH
  4. D Varsho (L) LF
  5. M Chapman (R) 3B
  6. B Belt (L) 1B
  7. W Merrifield (R) 2B
  8. D Jansen (R) C
  9. K Kiermaier (L) CF
Baltimore
  1. C Mullins (L) CF
  2. A Rutschman (S) C
  3. R Mountcastle (R) 1B
  4. A Santander (S) DH
  5. A Hays (R) LF
  6. R McKenna (R) RF
  7. J Mateo (R) SS
  8. A Frazier (L) 2B
  9. J Ortiz (R) 3B

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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@thenationnetwork.com.

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