John Gibbons

Spot starter Jimmy Yacabonis, rookie DJ Stewart lift Orioles to 2-1 victory over Blue Jays

Spot starter Jimmy Yacabonis, rookie DJ Stewart lift Orioles to 2-1 victory over Blue Jays

The Orioles’ pitching situation has become so strained that manager Buck Showalter has had to announce the starters for two of the three games against the Toronto Blue Jays less than 24 hours before they took the mound.

Rookie pitcher Evan Philips was designated to start Monday’s series opener just hours before game time and Jimmy Yacabonis was revealed as Wednesday’s starter late Tuesday night.

Showalter hates dealing with that kind of uncertainty, but it was rewarded in the series finale when Yacabonis pitched four scoreless innings and his bullpen mates helped him shut down the Blue Jays, 2-1, before an announced crowd of 11,337 at Oriole Park.

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