The O's are just 5-14 since the All-Star break and have been outscored by just 10 runs over that span. Ten of the Orioles' past 14 losses have been by two runs or fewer, and they're 11-14 in one-run games this season. Hernandez has made five road starts this season, and Baltimore is 3-2 in them.
The Orioles have played 12 road games since the All-Star break, and they still hold the fewest road wins (17) of any American League team this season. And it doesn't get any easier: The Orioles will head to Toronto for a three-game series after they leave Detroit, and they'll have a nine-game road trip later in the month.
BAL: RHP David Hernandez (3-3, 3.28 ERA)
Facing the Red Sox lineup for the second time in one week, Hernandez struggled with command in his previous start on Saturday. The rookie lasted 4 1/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits, but he issued four walks and gave up two home runs over the 23 batters he faced.
DET: RHP Rick Porcello (9-7, 4.36 ERA)
Porcello didn't get a win from his eight innings of four-hit, one-run ball Saturday at Cleveland, but he got an infusion of confidence. So did the Tigers, who had watched him go six straight outings without a quality start. He induced just six swings and misses out of 91 pitches but got 16 ground balls.
Adam Jones hit his team-leading 19th home run on Wednesday night, a two-run shot in the ninth inning that broke up Detroit's shutout. ... Nick Markakis has an eight-game hitting streak and has hit .394 (13-for-33) over that stretch. ... Luke Scott went hitless Wednesday for just the second time in 13 career games against Detroit. Baltimore's designated hitter still holds a .455 (20-for-44) career average against the Tigers. ... The Orioles are 6-46 when their opponents outhit them and 13-38 when the opposing team scores first. ... Baltimore is 36-34 when it hits at least one home run. ... The O's are 40-26 when they score four runs or more and 5-36 when they don't.
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Friday: Orioles (Jason Berken, 1-9, 6.93) at Blue Jays (Brett Cecil, 5-1, 4.36), 7:07 p.m. ET
Saturday: Orioles (Chris Tillman, 0-0, 6.75) at Blue Jays (Ricky Romero, 10-4, 3.53), 1:07 p.m. ET
Sunday: Orioles (Brian Matusz, 1-0, 1.80) at Blue Jays (Roy Halladay, 11-5, 2.75), 1:07 p.m. ET