After hitting a rough patch at the beginning of the season, Blue Jays right-hander R.A. Dickey has finally turned a corner. The knuckleballer had his best outing of the season on Monday against the Rays, allowing three runs on four hits in a season-high eight innings for his second straight win.
Going just 2-4 in April, Dickey has posted a 2-1 record in four starts in May. He's also tossed three straight quality starts.
"You just got to keep grinding it out. I feel like I've been stuck in a quagmire for the last week, two weeks," Dickey said after the start. "So It's nice to at least get one foot out of it."
Dickey will look to continue that streak on Saturday as the Blue Jays take on the Orioles at Rogers Centre.
Freddy Garcia will be on the hill for Baltimore, still looking for his first win of the season. He pitched well on Monday against the Yankees, allowing just two runs on three hits in six innings. However, he took the no-decision in a 6-4 loss in 10 innings.
"He threw the ball well," catcher Matt Wieters said of Garcia. "You know, I thought they put two swings on two balls and other than that, not many balls were hit hard off him."
In four outings for the Orioles this season, Garcia has tossed two quality starts.
Orioles: Jones back in center
Adam Jones started in center field for Friday's game against the Blue Jays and hit one of the O's four home runs. He was the designated hitter for three straight games due to a sore groin.
"I could have had him [in] last night," manager Buck Showalter said on Friday.
The Orioles elected to play it safe with their star center fielder, with Showalter saying the turf at Rogers Centre was a factor in that decision.
"We tested everything possible," Showalter said. "This is the first day he has been happy with me in three or four [days]. We'll see if that continues."
Blue Jays: Oliver heads to DL
Toronto placed reliever Darren Oliver on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a left shoulder strain, clearing roster space for Sean Nolin, who started Friday night's game against the Orioles.
The DL stint is retroactive to Sunday. The 42-year-old southpaw has a 3.18 ERA in 17 appearances this season.
To make room for Nolin on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays transferred left-hander J.A. Happ to the 60-day DL. Happ has not thrown off a mound since he was struck in the head by a comebacker two weeks ago. While his head injuries are mostly healed, he also suffered a sprained right knee that has delayed his return.
• The Blue Jays are 12-14 at Rogers Centre this season, having won six of their last eight contests.
• In 19 career starts against the Blue Jays, Garcia is 8-8 with a 5.85 ERA.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.