Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

Orioles Insider

Sports Orioles Orioles Insider

After losing series against Indians, Orioles turn their attention to the Windy City

CHICAGO – The Orioles open a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on the South Side tonight at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Orioles are coming off their first series loss since dropping two of three in Oakland on July 18-20, and they have won eight of their last nine series openers since July 21.

The Orioles’ 36 road wins lead the American League and are tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the second most in baseball -- the Los Angeles Dodgers lead the majors with 40 road wins.

After losing two of three in Cleveland this weekend, the Orioles are 10-16 against the AL Central. They’re 60-36 against the rest of baseball. They took two of three against the White Sox back in June at Camden Yards.

After hitting two homers in Sunday’s win in Cleveland, the Orioles lead the majors with 154 homers and are on pace for 204 this season. That would give them 200 homers for three straight seasons for the first time in club history.

Right-hander Bud Norris will take the mound for the Orioles tonight. He is 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA in two career starts against the White Sox. Both starts came in 2013, one for the Houston Astros and one for the Orioles. He will be making his first career start at U.S. Cellular Field.

White Sox left-hander Chris Sale is 0-1 with a 5.28 ERA in eight career outings (two starts) against the Orioles.

Sale allowed two runs and 11 hits in six innings -- striking out three, walking one and hitting a batter -- against the Orioles on June 23 at Camden Yards. The Orioles won, 6-4.

Sale’s numbers against the Orioles are a little deceiving because his first six outings against the Orioles came in relief, and he allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings.

Sale is holding left-handed hitters to a .122 batting average. He’s holding right-handed hitters to a .215 average. He is 7-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 12 home starts.

Orioles outfielder-designated hitter Nelson Cruz is 5-for-11 with one homer and three RBIs against Sale. He is starting in left field tonight.

Other items of note:

* Nick Markakis has hit safely in nine straight games, going 14-for-36 with three doubles, six runs, six walks and one RBI since Aug. 7. In the month of August, he is hitting .400/.486/.567 and has hit safely in 14 of 15 games.

* Catcher Caleb Joseph has thrown out 16 of 39 potential basestealers and his 41 percent caught stealing percentage is the second-best in baseball among catchers with at least 10 steal attempts, trailing only the St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina (16-for-34, 47.1 percent).

Here are tonight's lineups:

Orioles

Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce 1B
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz LF
Delmon Young DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis 1B
Caleb Joseph C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Bud Norris RHP

White Sox

Alejandro De Aza LF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Jose Abreu 1B
Adam Dunn DH
Avisail Garcia RF
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Tyler Flowers C
Jordan Danks CF
Gordon Beckham 2B
Chris Sale LHP

eencina@baltsun.com

twitter.com/EddieInTheYard

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Time-lapse from Orioles home opener

    Time-lapse from Orioles home opener

    Baseball returns to Camden Yards as the Orioles take on the Blue Jays in their home opener. (Christopher T. Assaf/Baltimor

  • Orioles in April

    Orioles in April

    Browse pictures of Orioles baseball games in April 2015.

  • Orioles Opening Day at Camden Yards

    Orioles Opening Day at Camden Yards

    Look through photos from Orioles Opening Day festivities at Camden Yards on April 10. The Orioles will face the Toronto Blue Jays in their 62nd home opener in Baltimore. 

  • Orioles player salaries for 2015

    Orioles player salaries for 2015

    With the 2015 baseball season just underway, USA Today has released its annual comprehensive list of player salaries. The publication gathers the data from "documents obtained from the MLB Players Association, club officials and filed with Major League Baseball's central office. Deferred payments...

  • All-Time Greatest Orioles

    All-Time Greatest Orioles

    In the six decades since they returned to the American League, 982 players have suited up for the Orioles. Who are the all-time best? Here are The Baltimore Sun's picks — six men at each position, except outfield and starting pitcher (nine apiece). We ranked the top six managers, too, from 1954...

  • Orioles Season Preview 2015

    Orioles Season Preview 2015

Comments
Loading

73°