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(Sports Network) - With their four-game series knotted up at a game apiece, the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays will face off at the Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon. Louis Williams Jersey . The Orioles came away with a 10-6 win on Friday night, taking control of the game early by scoring three runs in each of the first three innings, resulting in an early exit for Toronto rookie Sean Nolin (0-1). Four of Baltimores 16 hits came via the long ball, with J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Danny Valencia all depositing homers. It was Daviss MLB-leading 16th homer and his 45 RBI rank second behind only Miguel Cabrera. Nick Markakis finished 3-for-5 with three RBI out of the leadoff spot, while Manny Machado and Davis also collected three hits. "When we got a ball over the plate, it seemed like we didnt miss it," Markakis said. "Thats the main objective of hitting - when you get your pitch, dont miss it." It wasnt always smooth sailing for Chris Tillman (4-2), as he allowed 10 hits over five innings of work, but he surrendered only three runs while striking out seven to earn the win. For Toronto, Nolin was roughed up in his major-league debut, lasting just 1 1/3 innings while yielding seven hits and six earned runs. He was 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in three starts at Double-A New Hampshire prior to his call up. "I think I just had too much energy going," Nolin said. "I kind of felt like I already threw a few innings, kind of wasted some gas without doing anything." The Blue Jays also got involved with the slugfest, as Melky Cabrera, Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie all left the yard as well. Despite piecing together 17 hits, the squad was plagued by leaving nine runners on base. The Orioles will send journeyman right-hander Freddy Garcia to the hill on Saturday. Garcia has been effective in terms of base runners, boasting an impressive WHIP (1.07) and batting average against (.222), but hes allowed six home runs over 22 1/3 innings this season, ultimately resulting in an 0-2 record with a 4.84 ERA. Garcia was solid in a May 20 no-decision versus the Yankees, allowing three hits, two walks and two earned runs in six innings of work. Over the course of his 15-year career, Garcia has made 19 starts against the Blue Jays, going 8-8 with a 5.85 ERA. Toronto will counter with R.A. Dickey. The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner has gotten off to a modest start with his new team in 2013, sporting a 4-5 record with a 4.50 ERA. Dickey has curbed his struggles of late with back-to-back gems. After striking out 10 over six innings in a May 14 win over San Francisco, the knuckleballer pitched eight strong innings against Tampa Bay on May 20, allowing four hits and two earned runs in the victory. "Ive felt like Ive been stuck in a quagmire for the last week, two weeks," Dickey said. "So its nice to feel like youve got at least one foot out of it. Im not going to say I feel great ... Im hopeful to continue to progress. But Im not all the way there yet." Baltimore took two of three from the Jays earlier in the year. Angel Delgado Jersey . Dusautoir, the former World Player of the Year, sustained a torn bicep playing for Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. The flanker, who has played 65 times for France, is expected to be out for up to four months. Louis Williams Clippers Jersey .Y. - Nelson Mandela will be honoured by the New York Yankees with a plaque in Monument Park. https:///...City-Edition-Jersey/ . The 25-year-old Japanese star has officially been posted by his club team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles. On Monday, Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum became the first player from the 2013 draft class to sign an extension to his rookie contract, a standard four-year, maximum deal that nonetheless has a host of interesting implications for the Blazers future.Extending McCollum is the last major salvo in a busy offseason that saw Portland hand out contracts worth more than $300 million combbined. Los Angeles Clippers Jerseys. A year after the Blazers reached the second round of the playoffs with one of the NBAs lowest payrolls, they now figure to have one of the leagues highest in years to come.What does that mean for the future of the team and the rest of the roster? ' ' ' 
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