Scott McGregor was one of four Baltimore Orioles players who showed up in Toronto for a game that wasn't played.

McGregor, a left-handed pitcher, was to be the starter for the Orioles at Exhibition Stadium tonight. But the game was not played because the players association and the owners still were trying to reach a settlement on a collective agreement in New York.

McGregor said he would stay in Toronto until Wednesday. "I want to see what the tone is," he said.

He remained optimistic that there would be a settlement "as long as they're still meeting."

The other players who came to Toronto from Cleveland instead of spending today's offday at home in Maryland were pitcher Storm Davis, center fielder Fred Lynn and catcher Al Pardo.

McGregor said he had several reasons for coming to Toronto: He is the team's player representative, he was scheduled to start the opener of the three-game series tonight, his family is in California and he thought the situation would be settled in time to play. "Call it a step of faith on my part," he said.

He also is opposed to striking on personal and religious grounds.

"I don't agree with striking," he said. "I don't agree with the whole principle of the thing, based on the Bible and Christian beliefs."

Orioles Manager Earl Weaver also arrived in Toronto and was scheduled to stay until noon Wednesday unless it looked as if the situation would be resolved. He went to the races Monday. "I was a little lucky and made enough to pay for dinner," he said.

Preparations continued during the day at Exhibition Stadium as if there would be a game. Blue Jays Executive Vice President Pat Gillick said that if a settlement had been reached, he would have started the game as late as 9:30 p.m., allowing the Orioles to charter a flight to Toronto.

Until Blue Jays management was informed officially at about 5:50 p.m. that there was a strike, the grounds crew had been at work on the field, just like any game day.

The umpires already had arrived. So had 275 part-time employes hired by the Blue Jays and 450 to 500 concession employes.

Fans with tickets were able to obtain refunds immediately. Even before the game was called off, the Blue Jays were offering exchanges or refunds for tickets for tonight's game.

Toronto players had been instructed by the players association not to go to the park today, although some came by to pick up belongings.

"We're nine games ahead of two other clubs and that means something," said Manager Bobby Cox, who spent the day in the clubhouse with his coaches. "But if there's no more season it doesn't mean anything. If we don't come back, there will be no World Series, or anything else. I think we would have had a good chance. We may never get this close again."