Orioles notes and observations: Today's starter, Delmon Young and Chris Davis

The big question coming into this afternoon's series finale at Yankee Stadium is who will be on the mound for the Orioles.

Right-hander Bud Norris is slated to pitch, but he was ill Saturday and Orioles manager Buck Showalter sent him back to the team hotel to get some rest.


Showalter said he made preparations to pitch the game out of the bullpen if Norris can't go. Right-hander Brad Brach and left-hander T.J. McFarland serve as the Orioles' two long men. Brach last pitched two innings on Wednesday, but only threw 32 pitches. He hasn't thrown more than 40 this year, but he has shown the ability to give the Orioles four innings of length in the past.

Brach is pretty economical with his pitches. Last season, Brach threw four innings in long relief against the Pirates and needed just 47 pitches in that outing. Exactly half of his 46 outings were more than an inning last year and he never threw more than 58 pitches in an appearance.

McFarland was immediately pushed into service after being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday. He threw three scoreless innings and 48 pitches in that outing. He could also be a possibility to start Sunday.

-- There's no wonder why outfielder Delmon Young has been placed in the cleanup spot during the Orioles' series at Yankee Stadium.

After his two-hit, two-RBI day on Saturday, Young is hitting .310 (78-for-252) with four homers and 33 RBIs in 66 games against the Yankees.

In six games against the Yankees this season, Young is 8-for-19 (.421) with two runs and four RBIs.

-- Chris Davis' solo homer in the fourth inning was his 17th career home run against the Yankees. That's his second-most against any opponent, trailing only the 25 homers he has against the Blue Jays.

He definitely needed that one. Heading into Saturday, he was 2-for-20 with 14 strikeouts against the Yankees this season.

"I still feel like I'm seeing the ball well," Davis said. "Trying to go up there and swing at balls in the strike zone and not get myself out early in the count. I think if I can be a little bit more patient and make them throw it in the strike zone I'm obviously going to have a better chance at success."

-- Manny Machado, who was 1-for-5 on Saturday, has now reached safely in 15 straight games. He is hitting .370 (20-for-54) with four doubles, four homers, 13 runs scored and nine RBIs during that stretch.

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