A confident Adam Loewen was back in the Orioles' clubhouse yesterday, saying he feels good about making his first start since being called up from Triple-A Ottawa.
Loewen, who replaced Daniel Cabrera, is likely to start tomorrow against the Oakland Athletics. He made five starts with the Orioles earlier this season, but when he was optioned to Ottawa in late June to make room for then-newly acquired Russ Ortiz, manager Sam Perlozzo told the 22-year-old that he had the stuff to excel in the minor leagues and work his way back to the majors.
"It's easy for me to say that to somebody and have them walk out of here and say, 'OK?' " Perlozzo said. "You wonder if they are going to have their head on straight and go down there and work hard on it."
Loewen dominated in his three starts with Ottawa, winning two and allowing only three walks and 10 hits with a 1.27 ERA in 21 1/3 innings. "I really wanted to show them I could pitch at this level," Loewen said.
The left-hander had trouble with his control during his first stint with the Orioles, walking 18 and compiling a 6.66 ERA over 25 2/3 innings as a starter, but said repetition in his mechanics and being relaxed on the mound helped him pitch better.
"I didn't worry about anything at all. I didn't worry about walking hitters and it just kind of all came together," he said. "Those three games - back to back to back - is the most consistent I've ever pitched in professional baseball. I've never strung three games like that together going seven innings or longer."
Perlozzo said Loewen still has to prove he can pitch with control and consistency in the majors.
Patterson takes a seat
Instead, Luis Terrero started in center field.
Patterson has batted .179 in his past 10 games, going 7-for-39, and went 0-for-7 in the first two games against the Rangers. Against left-handed pitchers, such as Texas' starter yesterday, John Rheinecker, Patterson - a left-handed hitter - has a .197 average. He bats .298 against right-handed pitchers.