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Matt Wieters excels batting seventh against Blue Jays

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who entered Sunday's afternoon game against Toronto with just three hits in his past 25 at-bats, hit out of the No. 7 spot in the series finale.

It marked the first time Wieters has hit that low in the Orioles' batting order since last June 30.

It proved to be a nice fit for the day. Wieters recorded his first four-hit game of the season in the O's 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.

Wieters, who was coming off a day off behind the plate, drove in three runs and hit three doubles in the game, including a clutch two-run double off Toronto right-handed reliever Steve Delabar in the ninth inning that gave the Orioles a 5-2 lead at the time.

"I was just able to get some fastballs in the middle of the plate and get a barrel to them," Wieters said.

The switch-hitting Wieters, who is hitting just .207 this season from the left side, hit all three doubles off right-handed pitching. His opposite-field second-inning double off starter Chad Jenkins gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead. He added a leadoff double in the sixth off right-handed reliever Thad Weber.

"We're just going to take it one day at a time and hopefully we can carry on some," Wieters said. "But each day is a different pitcher, different everything."

Bundy progressing

All signs continue to be positive in Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy's recovery from right forearm and elbow stiffness.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Bundy continues to have full range of motion without pain in his right arm after he received a platelet rich plasma injection.

Showalter said if everything continues to go well, Bundy will be able to resume throwing June 10. Before he is cleared, he will have another visit with Dr. James Andrews, Showalter said.

Bundy, ranked the second-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America, hasn't pitched in a regular-season game this year.

Ready for interleague

Showalter's made it no secret that he's not a fan of interleague play, but the Orioles will open a two-game road series in Washington on Monday.

Since they're playing in a National League park, pitchers will hit for the first time this season. Pitchers took early batting practice during last week's homestand.

"We're as ready as we're going to be," Showalter said.

Showalter said the biggest adjustment is scouting an unfamiliar opponent.

"You're trying to play Toronto, but we've already started stumping for them," Showalter said before Sunday's game. "You're calling in a lot of markers. The game is the game, it's played in 90 feet, but the biggest thing is trying to familiarize yourself with the players and make sure our players feel like the only thing that is going to challenge them is the game itself.

"They're one of the best teams in baseball. You look at the teams we've drawn in interleague play [and] it hasn't been kind to us. … It's a place we've played before so it's not as much adjustment as it's been before."

Wada update

Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada allowed three runs on four hits over five innings, walking four and striking out six, in his third minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk.

In his three starts with the Tides, Wada is pitching to a 5.54 ERA and has allowed eight earned runs over 13 innings.

The Orioles have until June 15, when his 30-day minor league rehab window expires, to decide what to do with Wada. He could contribute as either a reliever or starter, but there is a clause in his contract that doesn't allow the Orioles to option him to the minors without his approval.

Around the horn

The Orioles have recorded a home run in seven straight games. … They've scored five or more runs in nine straight road games, most since a nine-game streak from July 19-Aug. 8, 1998. … Manny Machado has hit safely in eight of his past nine road games and 15 of his past 17. He also recorded his fourth multi-hit game in his past five and his overall this season. … Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 11 games. … Shortstop J.J. Hardy has recorded a hit in 19 of his past 21 games.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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