Since clinching the AL East more than a week ago, the Baltimore Orioles have been more concerned with resting players than winning games.
Still, the thought of potentially heading into the postseason with a four-game losing streak can't be very appealing.The Orioles will try to prevent their first three-game skid in over a month Saturday when they send Wei-Yin Chen to the mound against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.Clinching the division Sept. 16 gave Baltimore (95-65) the luxury of having several regulars get plenty of rest down the stretch. Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis, J.J. Hardy and Steve Pearce have all played sparingly lately, and only Markakis was in the lineup for Friday's series-opening 4-2 loss, the Orioles' fourth in six games.While Baltimore had a chance at catching the Angels for home-field advantage throughout the postseason, that ended with Friday's defeat. The Orioles will be home for the opener of the division series Thursday against the Central winner."It's something we were trying to attain," manager Buck Showalter said of finishing as the AL's top team. "In order to do it, you have to have cooperation from (Los Angeles) and the team they're playing."In line to start Game 2 in the opening round, Chen (16-5, 3.56 ERA) will likely be limited in his final regular-season outing.The left-hander has been very good lately despite losing his most recent appearance. He allowed four runs -- two earned -- over six innings Monday in a 5-0 defeat at Yankee Stadium, but is 4-1 with a 2.68 ERA in his last eight starts.Chen has split a pair of starts against the Blue Jays this season while posting a 5.06 ERA. Toronto has roughed him up for a .366 batting average in three all-time meetings, with Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion both going 3 for 6 with a home run.Baltimore, which hasn't dropped three straight since getting swept at Wrigley Field from Aug. 22-24, has totaled five runs and 12 hits in its last three games in Toronto.Rookie Dalton Pompey had two triples and a double for his first three-hit game Friday, leading the Blue Jays (82-78) to their fourth win in five tries. They are assured of finishing over .500 for the first time since 2010.Born and raised in suburban Toronto, Pompey started the season at Class A and rose through the minor leagues before being called up Sept. 2."It's been a dream come true for me," he said.J.A. Happ (10-11, 4.27) aims to continue a strong finish as he makes his fourth start this season against the Orioles. The left-hander has completed at least six innings in six consecutive starts and surrendered three runs or fewer four times in that span.He lasted seven innings Monday in a 14-4 win over Seattle, yielding only an RBI double in the first and a solo homer in the sixth. Happ walked one and struck out five for his first win since Aug. 31."It feels good to go out and get deeper in the game, accomplish some of the goals that I kind of felt I could do," Happ said.Despite a 2.92 ERA in six career starts, Happ is 1/3 against the Orioles.Cruz is 6 for 11 this season against him and Pearce is 2 for 6 with a pair of homers.