TORONTO — After the Orioles' heated series opener against the Blue Jays Tuesday night at the Rogers Centre, we will see if there's any carry over the next two nights.
Surely, the Orioles will come to the clubhouse today still fuming. I've covered this team for four years now, and I don't think I've seen a team as angry as the Orioles were after last night's game.
They felt disrespected. And there's no secret that Jose Bautista providing the theatrics definitely played a role. There is a feud between Bautista and Orioles reliever Darren O'Day, but when Bautista showed up Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia, it drew the ire of every Orioles player in the dugout.
"The history doesn't lie with Garcia and Bautista," centerfielder Adam Jones said. "Let the history lie with him and O'Day. I think it's a great matchup. I love it when they face each other. That's the part of the game you want to see. You know what I mean? O'Day is going to face him every opportunity he gets because that's how the game is supposed to be played. But the actions today, that was just uncalled for."
The Orioles know that Bautista is one of the game's best power hitters, but they definitely felt that he was picking on Garcia, an inexperienced rookie who is clinging to a roster spot.
"He's one of the game's best players and it's uncalled for," Jones said. "I'm sure he's going to think about the whole scenario and think, yeah maybe it wasn't the best move, but at the end of the day, I think we'll have the last laugh."
Bautista didn't apologize for watching his homer land, taking three slow steps out of the batter's box and flipping his bat before going into a slow strut around the bases.
"I'm an emotional player, I play with a lot of passion," Bautista said. "You throw at me, I'm not going to forget. If I get you right after, then I'm going to enjoy it. And I did. I've got no regrets about it."
As for the argument between Bautista and Jones, Bautista said Jones started it.
"He said, 'That's bush league,'" Bautista said. "And I said, 'What's bush league is you throwing behind my head.' After that I couldn't hear what they were saying because it was the whole dugout on the top step."
A few more colorful words were thrown in as well.
In postgame interviews, Jones didn't hesitate to give former Orioles catcher and current Jays TV analyst Gregg Zaun a little advice. He heard that Zaun said the Blue Jays should now hit Jones during the final two games of the series.
"That's [bull]," Jones said. "Come on, Zaun. You've gotta be a little smarter than that, dude".
-- Lost in the Orioles' loss Tuesday was another rocky outing for right-hander Bud Norris, who lasted just 2 1/3 innings, his shortest start not shortened by poor weather in nearly three years.
Norris won 15 games last season, but he's struggled through three starts this year. He hasn't gotten out of the fourth inning in two of those starts, both of them coming against the Blue Jays.
After going 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in five starts against Toronto last season, Norris is 0-2 with a 28.69 ERA in two starts against the Blue Jays this year, allowing 17 earned runs over 5 1/3 innings.
After the game, Norris said he's frustrated, but will continue to watch video, talk to coaches and teammates and try to figure things out.
"You care," Norris said. "I come in every day to work and win and give my team the best opportunity and this is not the way I envisioned how I'd start my 2015 season, but this game is all built on failure and you have to learn from that and go forward and pick up and get back on it. I've always been a player who gets back on it and gets back out there and I'm going to keep going through my routine and talking to guys and getting better, but I'm really excited to get back home and pitch my next one."
When Norris is at his best, he's able to locate his pitches on the corners, pitching down and away to right-handed hitters and down and in to lefties, but too many of his pitches are catching the middle of the plate, and opposing hitters – particularly the Blue Jays – are hitting his mistakes.
"I'm seeing them having a lot of good swings on every mistake he made," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Command had been an issue for him, getting the ball where he needs to get it consistently. It's a situation where his track record shows he's better than that and we'll trust that.
"It's combination of things," Norris said. "The mistakes I'm making, they're not missing. Even some balls are finding some spots that should maybe go right at a guy, they aren't going at a guy. This is an interesting game. There's not science to it. We've got a lot more shifts and stuff going around the game and it doesn't make sense sometimes but like I said I've got to keep getting back on the horse and keep competing and keep pitching to the corners because that's all I can do."