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Scott seems to be heating up

Scott seems to be heating up

TORONTO -- Luke Scott has tried everything from extra video work to new batting stances in an effort to pull out of an extended slump. And now, he may be ready to do exactly that, but with only two weeks left in the season. Scott, who has hit just .193 since the All-Star break, appears to be heating up with just 12 games to go.

"He's probably in one of his good streaks," said manager Dave Trembley. "He gets three and three every year. Three good ones and three that you've got to live through. Maybe this is one of the three where he gets hot."

And in this case, Trembley says maybe because it's still too soon to call it a streak. Scott homered in back-to-back games over the weekend and came up with Baltimore's only extra-base hit in Monday's 9-2 loss to Toronto. Now, with two games left against the Blue Jays and 12 more in the season, Trembley wants to see him break out.

"I think it is what it is," said Trembley of Scott's streaky nature. "I think he's had a history of this his entire career, both in the Minor Leagues and in the big leagues. He gets three where he really scuffles and three where he gets really hot. I like it when he gets real hot, because when he does, he can carry the club."

The Orioles couldn't get much offense going against Blue Jays starter David Purcey on Monday, and they'll hope to find some better luck against fellow southpaw Brian Tallet on Tuesday. Baltimore will counter with former Toronto pitcher Mark Hendrickson, who spent most of the season in the bullpen but will start for the final two weeks.

The Orioles have lost five straight games overall and six of the past nine on the road. The latest setback, in fact, sent the O's 30 games under .500 for the first time since the 2001 season. Baltimore can fix that Tuesday with a win against Toronto, and it will take three more wins to avoid the team's first 100-loss season since 1988.

Pitching matchup
BAL: LHP Mark Hendrickson (5-5, 4.47 ERA)
Hendrickson moved back into the rotation in place of Brian Matusz last week and pitched relatively well, considering he was on a strict pitch count. The Orioles would like to hold Hendrickson, who hadn't started since mid-May, to around 75 or 80 pitches this time. The southpaw thrived as a reliever, but he has struggled as a starter.

TOR: LHP Brian Tallet (7-9, 5.31 ERA)
Tallet won two of his first three starts upon returning to the rotation on Sept. 1, but his last start, against the Yankees, ended after two innings because of a deep bone bruise sustained when he was struck on the foot by a sharply hit grounder off the bat of Robinson Cano. X-rays revealed no structural damage. Tallet allowed two runs in that outing.

Bird bites
Matt Wieters struck out three times on Monday night to tie a season high. ... Baltimore has lost 11 consecutive Monday games and hasn't won on the first day of the work week since June 1 at Seattle. ... The Orioles are 20-43 against American League East teams and 6-24 on the road against division foes. ... Baltimore is 39-33 when it scores first and 21-57 when its opponent draws first blood. ... The Orioles are 54-35 when they score four runs or more and 6-55 when they score fewer than four. ... Baltimore is 8-69 when it gets outhit by its opponents. ... The Orioles are 22-34 against left-handed starters this season and 38-56 when they face a right-handed starter.

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Up next
• Wednesday: Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie, 10-15, 5.05) at Blue Jays (Scott Richmond, 6-10, 5.31), 7:07 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: Orioles (David Hernandez, 4-8, 5.34) at Indians (Fausto Carmona, 3-12, 6.89), 7:05 p.m. ET

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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