Notes: Angry Andino still waiting to be cleared to return to the lineup

BOSTON — Orioles second baseman Robert Andino, who was hit in the left earflap of his batting helmet in the ninth inning of Friday night's game, didn't play Saturday because he was still waiting to pass a concussion test.

Andino said he felt "normal," but he did have a welt on the left side of his neck where the ball hit after hitting his helmet. He was still aggravated that he was the recipient of a 95 mph fastball in that area from Boston reliever Mark Melancon.


After he was hit, Andino angrily glared at Melancon and took a few steps toward the mound before being held back by the home-plate umpire.

"Who wouldn't be [angry]?" Andino said Saturday. "You get hit in the head with a 95 [mph fastball]."

Andino is scheduled to take a concussion test Sunday, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. Andino said he had concussion tests taken Friday night and before Saturday's game.

Asked whether he believed the Red Sox threw at him intentionally, Andino said, "At this level, man, I think should you have command of your pitches. But, whatever."

Andino played a key role in knocking the Red Sox out of last year's playoff race. So when asked whether he believed the pitch could have been carryover from last September, he flared.

"If that's the case, that's [bull]," he said. [That's] how I see it, but whatever."

Strop struggles again

Setup man Pedro Strop gave up back-to-back doubles off the Green Monster with two outs in the eighth inning Saturday to allow the Red Sox to tie the game and eventually force it into extra innings. He continues to allow baserunners and give up big runs, but he threw strikes and appeared to have decent fastball command.

"I thought Strop threw the ball great today," Showalter said. "A strikeout, a weak ground ball, two routine fly balls that hit the wall. Hopefully, we'll take that as a positive. "

Showalter has continued to go to Strop in the situations he dominated until mid August. He was 4-2 with a 1.20 ERA after an appearance on Aug. 15. Since then, he has made 16 appearances and allowed 10 earned runs in 12 innings, which works out to a 7.50 ERA.

"My command was where I wanted it to be,'' Strop said after Saturday's game. "It was just one of those days. I don't like to make excuses, but I felt pretty good.

"I'm going to keep working as hard as I can to get back to the point where I'm 'lights out,'" he added. "This was definitely a step forward. I feel like me."

Around the horn

Sixteen of first baseman Mark Reynolds' 22 home runs have come against American League East opponents. He also has a .400 batting average (16-for-40) with four doubles, nine runs, six homers and 16 RBIs against the Red Sox this year. … Manny Machado's third-inning fielding error snapped a 114-inning errorless streak for the Orioles. Their last streak that long was from June 27-July 11, 2003. … Catcher Matt Wieters (two doubles, a single and a walk) reached base four times, the 19th time he's done that in his career, passing Gus Triandos for second most by an Orioles catcher. … Showalter still hasn't made a decision on the second starter for Monday's doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start one of the games. It appears right-hander Steve Johnson would be a likely candidate for the other game. The other starters for the Blue Jays series have yet to be announced, but it would seem likely that lefty Joe Saunders would start Tuesday. Showalter said Miguel Gonzalez could start Wednesday on regular rest. ... Saturday was the Orioles' 10th game of 12 or more innings this season. The O's are 9-1 in those games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Orioles played that many games of 12 or more innings was 1996, when they also played 10. The franchise record of 13 was set by the 1914 St. Louis Browns.



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