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Purcey leads Jays against Bass, Orioles on TSN

The Sports Network

9/17/2008 11:55:58 AM

(Sports Network) - A pair of rookie pitchers will go head-to-head when the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles continue a three-game series tonight at the Rogers Centre.

Catch the action on TSN and TSN HD, today at 7pm et/4pm pt.

Former first-round draft choice David Purcey continues his audition for a spot in Toronto's 2009 rotation when he takes the mound tonight opposite Baltimore's Brian Bass, who will be making his second career major league start. 

Purcey has been up-and-down during his 11 starts with the Blue Jays this season, as the left-hander is just 3-6 with a 5.10 earned run average and comes in having lost three of his last four decisions. In his most recent time out, Purcey allowed four runs (3 earned) over 6 2/3 innings in a loss at Boston last Friday. 

The 26-year-old came through with an excellent performance during his previous start, however. Against Tampa Bay at the Rogers Centre on September 2, Purcey twirled eight shutout innings to lead Toronto to a 1-0 victory. 

The 16th overall selection of the 2004 draft, Purcey will be facing the Orioles for the first time. 

Bass spent most of this season with Minnesota before being traded by the Twins to Baltimore on September 5. The 26-year-old has made two appearances with the Orioles since the deal, including a start against Cleveland on Thursday in which he surrendered three runs -- one earned -- over 4 1/3 frames. 

The right-hander had pitched in 44 games, all in relief, for the Twins and posted a 3-4 record with a 4.87 ERA and one save. One of those appearances came against the Blue Jays on May 13, with Bass tossing two scoreless innings. 

He'll be hoping to duplicate the strong showing fellow rookie Chris Waters gave the O's in Tuesday's opener of this series. The left-hander recorded his first career shutout as Baltimore came through with a 2-0 triumph that ended Toronto's six-game home win streak. 

Waters (3-3) yielded just four hits and two walks while throwing 67 of his 106 pitches for strikes. 

Luke Scott hit a solo home run and Brian Roberts added an RBI double for Baltimore, which has won two straight following a stretch of four losses in five games. 

Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum (9-7) left the contest in the top of the third inning due to numbness in his forearm. The right-hander had given up the first Orioles' run and walked three batters to be charged with the loss.

The Blue Jays are 8-5 against the Orioles so far this year and have taken seven of the last nine meetings between these AL East foes. Baltimore has lost in four of last seven visits to the Rogers Centre this season and is just 9-17 in Toronto since the start of the 2006 campaign.