Rookie pitcher David Hernandez will be making his third start and fourth appearance in the major leagues today against the Nationals, and he needs to reinforce the great first impression he made in his major league debut against the Detroit Tigers a month ago today. He pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up just one run on five hits, but struggled in his second start against the Mariners in Seattle.
He also made one relief appearance during that first stay in the majors and pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings. All in all, he did a nice job filling in the last time, and needs to build on that to secure his place in the rotation if the Orioles decide to move Koji Uehara to the bullpen when he gets back from the disabled list.
Orioles manager Dave Trembley is going with a whole new version of his popular Sunday lineup, hitting Adam Jones leadoff, with Ty Wigginton hitting second at second and Brian Roberts getting a day off to clear his head after going 0 for 10 with five strikeouts in his last three games. Melvin Mora also is off, so Oscar Salazar is going to get a rare start at third.