Orioles news and notes following Saturday's doubleheader
By By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun|
Apr 21, 2013 | 7:00 AM
Buck Showalter says it all the time: "Sleep fast."
And after spending more than 12 hours at Camden Yards Saturday for a split-game doubleheader, surely some of the Orioles' heads hit their pillows pretty quickly.
The Orioles go for the series sweep against the Dodgers this afternoon. They've already won the series, their first ever against the Dodgers -- well, if you're not counting the 1966 World Series of course.
One thing's for sure: Adam Jones will be happy to be back in center field this afternoon. He hopes to avoid being back in the DH spot.
After playing center field in the first game, Showalter put Jones at designated hitter for Game 2.
It was Jones' second career start at designated hitter. He was 1-for-3 in his first start last Aug. 12 against Kansas City and was 1-for-4 with an RBI double on Saturday night.
Since Jones got a hit Saturday night from the DH spot, Showalter joked that he's been productive there and maybe should be there more often.
But Jones made his feelings clear following the game.
"I'm bored, I don't know what to do," Jones deadpanned. "I understand it, to give my legs a little rest, but I'm bothering (Showalter) and all the coaches. It's boring. The good thing is we have depth so we all have a day off and DH."
Jones had been productive regardless. After reaching base in both games, Jones has reached safely in 16 of the Orioles' 17 games. He's hit safely in 15 of those games.
-- The top two hitters in the lineup of Game 2 – Nate McLouth and Manny Machado – combined to go 5-for-7 with a walk, four runs and four RBIs.
-- Machado has recorded multiple hits in two of his past three games. He was 3-for-4 in Game 2 and 2-for-5 on Thursday night against Tampa Bay.
-- Chris Davis cooled down a bit from his record-setting pace this week, but he is 6-for-11 in his past three games and was 4-for-8 with four runs, two doubles, a homer and an RBI in the doubleheader.
-- With his win in Game 2, his 13th career big league victory, Wei-Yin Chen tied Hong-Chih Kuo for the second-most victories by a Taiwanese-born player in MLB history. Chien-Ming Wang leads with 61 career wins.
-- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez entered the day with the highest batting average all-time against the Orioles (minimum 150 plate apperances) at .386 (61-for-158), but he went 1-for-7 on Saturday, falling to third (.376) behind Harry Heilman (.381) and Miguel Cabrea (.381)