Struggling first baseman Chris Davis was out of the starting lineup Monday for the second time in eight games, dealing with a sagging batting average and lingering oblique soreness through which he has been playing.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to get right-handed hitter Delmon Young into the lineup. Young had made just four starts in June, the last coming June 15. He had just one at-bat during the past road trip, a pinch-hit homer Monday at Tampa Bay.
The Orioles rallied from a three-run deficit to tie the game in the eighth inning Monday night before left-hander Brian Matusz allowed a game-winning two-run homer to Jerry Sands, handing the Orioles a 5-4 loss -- their third defeat in the past four games -- in front of an announced 10,576 at Tropicana Field.
Counting Saturday afternoon's 3-2 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles have registered six consecutive quality starts, padding their season high. That's a huge turnaround for a rotation that entered the week with the fourth-worst ERA in the AL.
Now that Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has apologized for Sunday¿s bat-throwing incident, his fate is in the hands of Major League Baseball. A decision on a suspension is expected to come down at some point on Tuesday. I¿d be surprised if Machado didn¿t receive at least a four- or five-game suspension. It might be longer.
In his fifth plate appearance Tuesday, Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer to cap the Orioles' six-run eighth inning in an 8-3 win over the Rangers in front of an announced 31,542 at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
With left-hander Johan Santana's opt-out date Friday, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club has presented the two-time American League Cy Young Award winner with a plan for the next few weeks that could have him join the Orioles -- if things go well -- by roughly June 18.
The Orioles clawed their way back from the hole dug by Chris Tillman -- thanks in part to rookie Jonathan Schoop's first multihomer game -- and catcher Nick Hundley, in his first game with the club, quickly went from goat to hero in a 7-6 victory in 10 innings.
David Lough is batting just .169 this year and it just 5-for-36 in his last 19 games. He wasn¿t in the starting lineup Friday or Saturday, with Nelson Cruz playing left and Delmon Young filling the designated hitter spot.
The Orioles already faced looming roster decisions before they officially placed first baseman Chris Davis on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals. And now the club's roster management is about to get trickier.
Before Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that, while he's hopeful Chris Davis can return from the 15-day disabled list when he's eligible May 11, he's not expecting the first baseman to be recovered from a left oblique strain by that time.
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, whom the Orioles signed to a four-year, $50 million contract in February, couldn't get out of the sixth inning against a free-swinging Toronto Blue Jays lineup in an 11-3 rout Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards in front of an announced 39,281.