The beating the Orioles put on the Chicago White Sox bullpen last night -- five runs in the eighth inning off three relievers with ERAs over five -- was born of the same offseason strategy that the Orioles took with their bullpen.
Jair Jurrjens is eager to jump into a crowded Orioles rotation competition come spring training. The former Atlanta Braves right-hander -- who agreed to terms with the Orioles on a one-year deal this week -- said he feels healthy for the first time in years.
Last season, the Orioles¿ bullpen was one of the team¿s season-long strengths, and while the club¿s corps of relievers returns entirely intact in 2013, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said he¿s open to adding another bullpen arm this offseason.
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Orioles manager Buck Showalter will hand Jason Hammel the ball to start Sunday's American League Division Series Game 1 against the New York Yankees, the first playoff game at Camden Yards in 15 years.
Left-hander Joe Saunders was not the popular choice to get the Orioles' first postseason start in 15 years and to try and guide the club back to Baltimore for its first home playoff contest since Game 6 of the 1997 American League Championship Series.
In their continuing pursuit to bolster an upstart club heading into a September pennant push, the Orioles are prepared to sign veteran left-hander Randy Wolf, who was released last week by the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Orioles optioned right-hander Jake Arrieta back to Triple-A Norfolk following Monday's 4-3 win over the White Sox to make 25-man roster room for newly-acquired left-hander Joe Saunders, who arrived during the game Monday.
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start for the Orioles tonight. Chen (12-7), who has won four of his last five starts, won his first major league game against the White Sox on April 17, allowing two runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings in a 3-2 win at U.S. Cellular Field.
Adam Jones' bases-loaded single in the 14th inning Tuesday night capped a four-hour, 55-minute test of survival, giving the Orioles their 12th straight extra-inning win, 8-7, over the Seattle Mariners.