Left-hander T.J. McFarland was prepared to make his scheduled start for Triple-A Norfolk on Friday when he received a call telling him he was headed to Baltimore to give a depleted bullpen an extra arm.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was not in the starting lineup for Friday¿s game against the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards, but manager Buck Showalter said the team believes Machado can avoid going on the disabled list.
Left-hander Troy Patton, the Orioles' fifth reliever, gave up two runs and three hits in the 13th, sending the club to its first loss in five extra-inning games this season with an 8-7 loss to the Indians.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he hopes that reliever Tommy Hunter, who was placed on the disabled list before Thursday's game against the Cleveland Indians with a left groin strain, will be able to return when he's eligible to be activated June 5.
It's expected that there will be another fresh pitcher in the bullpen tonight when the Orioles open a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards after Chris Tillman could only go one-plus inning Wednesday.
Chris Davis hit three homers, including back-to-back shots with left fielder Nelson Cruz in a four-run fifth, as the Orioles bashed the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-2, in their first game at PNC Park since 2011.
Orioles left-hander Zach Britton handled the bat well in limited action in 2011, and the club thought he might be needed to pitch multiple innings and stay in the game when the pitcher's spot in the lineup comes up.
When he was at Sunset Elementary School in Pasadena, Glynn Davis was the fastest runner in his class. He recalls that the school held a field day every year, and Davis was never defeated in the 100-yard dash.
After Tommy Hunter's struggles in the ninth inning Tuesday, Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't offer the most ringing endorsement Wednesday that Hunter would pitch if a save opportunity arises in the series finale against the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards.
A crisp, well-played pitchers¿ duel between two first-place teams imploded horribly in the ninth for the Orioles when playing-with-fire closer Tommy Hunter served up two, two-out homers to hand the Tigers a 4-1 victory.
Second baseman Jonathan Schoop watched Orioles center fielder Adam Jones carry the offense with a pair of towering solo home runs before he hit a two-run shot in the club's 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Second baseman Ryan Flaherty, making just his second start in 10 days, drove in the winning run with an RBI single in a two-run eighth inning, giving the Orioles a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in front of an announced 11,855.
Extra days of rest have helped right-hander Miguel Gonzalez. On regular four days rest, he¿s 12-6 with a 4.30 ERA in 23 career starts. But when he receives more than four days rest, he¿s 9-7 with a 2.97 ERA in 24 career starts.
After an unsightly April in which he was winless and struggled with control while pitching to a 6.59 ERA, Jimenez turned the calendar to a new month Friday night and dominated a Twins team he¿s had much success against in his career.