The Orioles designated Rule 5 left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr. for assignment before Tuesday's game and called up right-hander Yefry Ramírez from Triple-A Norfolk.
Cortes, 23, had a 7.71 ERA in four appearances, allowing two grand slams — one to the Houston Astros and one Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Orioles had selected him from the New York Yankees in the Rule 5 draft.
Ramírez, 24, was acquired from the Yankees on July 31. He has never pitched in the majors and had a 3.47 ERA in 24 starts at Double-A last season. In his first career Triple-A start this season, Ramírez allowed one run in four innings.
The crowd at Camden Yards — a meager 7,915 — was the smallest in the history of the ballpark, if you don’t count April 29, 2015, when the fans were locked out for a game against the Chicago White Sox in the wake of the Freddie Gray unrest. The previous record low was 9,129.
1. Cashner. Andrew Cashner will be looking to erase the memory of his poor first start at Camden Yards and build on an excellent outing at Yankee Stadium. The veteran right-hander allowed one run on two hits — but walked three — in six innings against the Yankees his last time out. In a small two-start sample size, he's 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in his career against the Blue Jays.
2. Even up. The Orioles have alternated wins and losses the past four games, with the offense lacking in the two losses. They were held to one run last night. See if a heating up Manny Machado and on-base machine Trey Mancini can help get the bats going.
3. Sanchez due? They'll be challenged by Aaron Sanchez, who has allowed seven runs in 11 2/3 innings over his first two starts. The former first-round pick has a 4.33 career ERA against the Orioles.