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Orioles' Brad Brach reflects on his four-inning performance vs. Pirates

Right-handed reliever Brad Brach hadn't pitched four innings in a game since college, and he hadn't thrown more than two innings in a major league game in his career.

But Wednesday in Pittsburgh, Brach entered in the second inning in relief of starter Chris Tillman and helped save the club's bullpen. He allowed two hits and struck out three batters in four scoreless innings.

"The biggest thing for me was saving innings for the guys in the bullpen," Brach said. "That's pretty much how a bullpen works. Everyone keeps each other up. When Tilly had a little bit of a rough one [Wednesday], we were ready to go, and I was just hoping to go as long as they were going to let me."

Brach has bounced between Triple-A Norfolk and the major leagues since he was traded to the Orioles in the offseason, but he has been using the stints in Baltimore to grow more comfortable with his new team. And despite his long outing Wednesday, Brach said he's ready for his next opportunity.

"I'm pretty much 100 percent," said Brach, who may not pitch again until Sunday. "I'm actually really surprised how well [my arm] actually feels."

Paternity leave likely for Davis

Davis and his wife, Jill, are expecting their first child, a daughter, this week.

If she isn't born by Sunday, the doctors will induce labor. Consequently, Davis is expected to be placed on paternity leave and miss Sunday's game at Camden Yards and Monday afternoon's game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. He likely will re-join the club for its game Tuesday in Milwaukee.

"I hope that all transpires just like that," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We're a phone call away from that all changing."

A player can be away from his team for one to three days on paternity leave.

During that time, the Orioles will be allowed to call up a player from their 40-man roster. The club is expected to add an infielder — with Jemile Weeks and Steve Lombardozzi as the most likely candidates.

Steve Pearce likely will fill in at first base while Davis is away.

Around the horn

Executive vice president Dan Duquette's wife, Amy, gave birth to a boy, Colt LeBlanc Duquette, at 12:58 a.m. Thursday morning. He was 7 pounds and 193/4 inches long. … Double-A Bowie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez gave up one run and two hits in five innings Thursday. In his return from the disabled list, he threw 80 pitches (51 strikes) in his first start since April 14. … Rookie left-hander T.J. House will start for the Indians on Friday against the Orioles since he wasn't needed in Thursday's game. Right-hander Justin Masterson was originally scheduled for Friday, but he was moved up to pitch Thursday. … Left-hander Johan Santana threw 56 pitches in four-plus innings in his most recent extended spring training outing Thursday in Sarasota, Fla. He picked up six outs in the fourth inning to reach his pitch limit. His fastball sat at 86 to 90 mph. It was the first time that he threw 90 mph in his rehab outing. Santana will pitch at least once more in Sarasota before the next step of his rehab is decided. … Ravens kicker Justin Tucker will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Camden Yards on Saturday.

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