Orioles on deck: What to watch Tuesday vs. Indians, plus pregame roster move

Orioles (34-35) vs. Indians (37-31)

Where: Camden Yards


First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 FM

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (1-5, 8.07 ERA) vs. Indians RHP Josh Tomlin (4-8, 5.83 ERA)

Hart up, Nuño down

The Orioles made a roster move before Tuesday's game swapping out left-handed relievers. The club called up Donnie Hart from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned Vidal Nuño.

Nuño allowed five runs in two-thirds of an inning in Monday's 12-0 loss.

Hart has allowed three hits while striking out eight and walking one in 4 2/3 scoreless innings during his latest stint with the Tides.

What to watch

1. One-game blip or just the start? The Orioles were three-hit by Corey Kluber on Monday night in a 12-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians. The question now is whether the Orioles were just being stifled by a former Cy Young winner, or is it the start of a slump. The Orioles had averaged 6.0 runs and 10.5 hits per game over their previous eight games. With struggling right-hander Josh Tomlin on the mound, it should be a good indicator.

2. Speaking of struggling right-handers. Since allowing six runs in 15 1/3 innings over his first three starts, Chris Tillman has not held a team to fewer than four runs in a game. He has an 11.51 ERA over his past five starts with 40 hits allowed and 12 walks in 20 1/3 innings. Tillman saw some positives in his last game, an improvement from perhaps the worst outing of his career. But he still gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings at the Chicago White Sox.

3. Putting the O in Jones. Adam Jones is on an upswing, reaching base in eight straight games. During that stretch, he's batting .355/.394/.516 with a triple, a homer and three RBIs. That has brought his season average up from .252 to .265.

Orioles lineup

RF Seth Smith
3B Manny Machado
CF Adam Jones
DH Mark Trumbo
1B Trey Mancini
2B Jonathan Schoop
C Welington Castillo
LF Hyun Soo Kim
SS Rubén Tejada