"Hopefully it's not too cold, and we're going to be able to play some good baseball," he said. "They're playing good, and we're playing good. It's always very important to win against teams in your division, so it's an important series."
Fortunately for Bautista, after rain in Baltimore on Monday, the forecast looks much better for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Blue Jays: One closer replaces another
Toronto manager John Farrell said he is grateful to have longtime closer Francisco Cordero as an insurance policy for injured closer Sergio Santos. Cordero picked up his first save of the season on Sunday, one day after Santos landed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
Manager Buck Showalter was ejected Sunday with two outs in the sixth inning. Home-plate umpire Angel Campos tossed the skipper immediately after he came onto the field to dispute the first strike called on right fielder Nick Markakis. Replays showed the first pitch by Angels starter Dan Haren was outside. Showalter spoke with Campos and crew chief Dale Scott after being ejected for the first time this season and 20th time in his career. Nine different players have contributed to the Orioles' 19 errors in their 16 games. The team has committed just four errors in its last seven games, however. "Most of them have been throwing errors," Showalter said. "Probably the last six or seven have been all throwing errors. Some of them by pitchers, too, which is never something you want to see. An error's an error, but some things that are a little uncharacteristic, I think, that time will shore up." Worth noting
Hunter is just 1-3 with a 6.65 ERA in nine career appearances (seven starts) against Toronto. Blue Jays infielder Omar Vizquel, 45, has been on a roster that has been involved in a triple play nine times during his career.