Will the real R.A. Dickey please stand up?
The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner is 6-8 with a 4.90 ERA in his first season with the Blue Jays. Over his last four outings, the knuckleballer has alternated wins and losses. At times this season, he has appeared invincible on the mound. Other times, he has wanted to be invisible.
"At the end of the year, you take out your four best and your four worst," Dickey said. "It's the other 22 starts in the middle that are really who you are."
Dickey has certainly experienced the highs and lows during his first 15 starts of 2013. On June 10, he surrendered seven runs on 10 hits in five innings against the White Sox. Sandwiched around that start are two outings in which he totaled 14 innings and allowed only one run on nine hits.
Dickey will take the hill in Friday's series opener against the Orioles hoping to extend the Blue Jays' eight-game winning streak. Baltimore will counter with Jason Hammel, a pitcher who has endured a similar sort of inconsistency as Dickey this season.
Hammel has compiled a 7-4 record and 5.24 ERA this season, though he has posted an 0-2 mark and 6.32 ERA over his last three outings. The right-hander has served up 91 hits in 80 2/3 innings.
Hammel had been dealing with a stomach virus this week. Manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that Miguel Gonzalez will pitch on Saturday, and either Freddy Garcia or Zach Britton will start on Sunday.
Hammel first felt sick on Friday. He stayed away from the Orioles' clubhouse for the first couple days of his illness. He was originally slated to start on Monday, but righty Jake Arrieta took his place.
Orioles: Roberts inching closer to return
Second baseman Brian Roberts hopes to embark on a rehab assignment next week. The veteran ran on the field in Detroit prior to Tuesday's game as he continues his recovery from right hamstring surgery.
"I'm hoping when we get off this road trip, he's going out [on a rehab assignment]," Showalter said. "We'll see."
Blue Jays: Morrow has no structural damage
Toronto starter Brandon Morrow got some good news on his injured right forearm on Tuesday when results from an MRI came back negative.
The 28-year-old Morrow will remain in a no-throw situation until discomfort in the area subsides and he's ready to increase the intensity of his workouts.
"There wasn't anything unusual, there was just some inflammation in his forearm," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "We'll just back him off and rest him until he's ready."
Morrow, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list, was expected to make a return to the Blue Jays' rotation in the coming weeks until he suffered a setback making a rehab start for Class A Dunedin.
• Baltimore has won four of its seven meetings with Toronto this season.
• Orioles first baseman Chris Davis launched his Major League-leading 25th and 26th home runs in Wednesday's win against the Tigers.
• In nine career games against the Orioles, Dickey is 2-4 with a 4.11 ERA.