Carroll County Times

For the Birds: Quite an O'Day for O's reliever

BALTIMORE -- Lost in Sunday night's 7-2 loss to the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the American League Division Series was yet another virtuoso performance from escape artist Darren O'Day.

With the score tied 2-2, the right-handed submariner came on with two on and none out in the seventh inning facing a daunting trio: Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki and Alex Rodriguez. Those three have combined for 8,811 career regular-season hits, as well as another 280 hits in the postseason.

The 29-year-old O'Day, who was plucked from the Texas Rangers off waivers in the offseason and went 7-1 with a 2.28 ERA for Baltimore, retired all three without allowing a run.

"I've come to enjoy those situations," O'Day said after the game. "I've had quite a few of them this year. As a middle reliever, that's kind of what you can take pride in, when you strand inherited runners and get out of situations like that.

"Those hitters, yeah, that's three Hall of Famers. I was very excited to get through that."

O'Day is used to doing just that. He allowed only six of 43 inherited runners to score this season. O'Day threw 13 pitches two days after tossing two scoreless innings to help the Orioles beat the Texas Rangers in the AL Wild Card game. He says he'll be ready to go Monday if he's needed in Game 2.

"Sure, yeah," O'Day said. "No off days now."