For five innings Wednesday night, the Orioles were held hitless against Boston Red Sox starter Aaron Cook, able to hit just one ball out of the infield. But given the opposite directions these two teams have been going, it wasn¿t surprising how quickly the game turned.
The Orioles are considering moving left-handed starter Brian Matsuz -- who was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk earlier this month -- to the Tides' bullpen after lefty reliever Troy Patton landed on the disabled list Tuesday with a sprained right ankle.
Five days after Steve Johnson won his first major league game, he's been called back up to Orioles. Johnson was sent down to Triple-A to make room for third baseman Manny Machado, but he never made a start for Norfolk, instead getting called up for the injured Troy Patton.
And when you look at the Orioles¿ 7-1 win over the Royals on Friday night ¿ while Machado played a huge role, hitting his first two major league homers and driving in four ¿ the victory was a testament to the lesser-known moves that Duquette has made.
Left-handed reliever J.C. Romero, who was 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA in 17 games (one start) for the Norfolk Tides, had an opt-out clause in his contract at the All-Star break and chose to enact it, the Orioles announced.
Chris Tillman (8-8, 3.63 ERA at Norfolk) will likely be activated after tonight's game and pitch in tomorrow's afternoon series finale against the Mariners, making his first big-league start since last Aug. 11.
Left-hander Zach Britton, who led the Orioles in wins as a rookie last season, has mostly struggled in three previous starts at Triple-A Norfolk. But on Thursday, Britton took a significant step toward rejoining the Orioles starting rotation, turning in his best Triple-A performance this season Britton allowed just two runs on three hits over six innings in a 5-3 win against Buffalo. Britton also struck out five, the most he's had in a game since joining the Tides, and issued two walks.