Carroll County Times

Orioles Notebook: Gausman adjusting to major leagues

WASHINGTON - Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman faced high expectations when he made his major-league debut last Thursday in Toronto. The No. 4 overall pick in last year's draft may not have had his best start, but he did look dominant at times, hitting 99 miles per hour on the radar gun.

Today, the 22-year-old makes his second career start against the Nationals in Washington. Gausman said it will take him a few starts to get adjusted to the big leagues.

"Now every time I take the park, especially in a new ballpark, I'm kind of going to have that same feeling as my first time," Gausman said. "A couple guys told me it takes a couple to get those jitters out of the way."

In his debut against the Blue Jays, the right-hander threw five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and taking the loss. However, he did have five strikeouts.

Not only will Gausman have to deal with pitching today, he will also have to hit. Gausman throws right-handed, but hits from the left side.

"I've only taken batting practice once with the team," Gausman said. "That's something I'm excited about it though. ... It should be pretty fun."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Gausman will continue to grow each start and that he's already received advice from other former first-round picks on the team, including Matt Wieters and Brian Matusz.

"It's part of process," Showalter said. "Things that guys get exposed to, they deal with. He's been in a lot of situations in life for a young guy that should help him."

INJURY UPDATES: It appeared during Sunday's game in Toronto that Baltimore reliever Tommy Hunter hurt his right hand. Hunter got x-rays on it both on Sunday and Monday, and both came back clean.

"[Trainer] Richie [Bancells] said he felt good, all things considering," Showalter said. "I'm hoping we dodged an injury."

Showalter said reliever Pedro Strop, who went on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with a lower back strain may throw during the upcoming homestand which begins Wednesday.

STREAKING: Entering Monday's game, several Orioles hitters had impressive streaks going on. Nick Markakis had hit in 11 straight games, batting .383 over that span.

J.J. Hardy had hit in 19 of his last 21 games, over which he was hitting .306. Manny Machado had hit safely in 16 of his last 18 road games, including eight of his last nine, hitting .412 over that span.

All three extended their streaks on Monday.

MORE MACHADO: Machado played in his 100th game Saturday. In his first 100 games, Machado had more hits, home runs and RBIs than Orioles hall of famers Cal Ripken Jr. and Brooks Robinson through their first 100 games.

Machado also became just the second player younger than 21 with a streak of five consecutive road games with at least three hits, joining Ty Cobb, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

MEMORIAL DAY: In honor of Memorial Day, players from both teams wore special jerseys and hats featuring a digital camouflage pattern on Monday.