The Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Jakubauskas said he’s physically
prepared for his next start. Manager Buck Showalter is hoping the
right-hander will be ready mentally as well.
In his first major league start since getting hit in the head
last season, Jakubauskas will try to help the Orioles continue
their strong play at home Tuesday night against the slumping
Currently using a four-man rotation, Baltimore will need a fifth
starter twice until June 19 and will look to Jakubauskas (0-0, 6.39
ERA) to fill that role. The right-hander has made five relief
appearances this season for the Orioles (27-31) and one since being
recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on May 30.
He was 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA in five minor league starts this
season but hasn’t made one in the majors since April 24, 2010, with
Pittsburgh. He didn’t make it past the first inning of that game in
Lance Berkman’s two-out line drive ricocheted off the side of
his head, and Jakubauskas missed the rest of the season with a
concussion. He insists that he’s put the incident behind him.
“Obviously there’s going to be a bunch made out of what I did in
my last start in the big leagues, but I’m ready to go,” Jakubauskas
told the team’s website. “I like starting, so it will be good to
get back out there and start a game.”
Baltimore will try to win back-to-back games for the first time
since its season-high five straight wins May 21-26. The Orioles
will also attempt to improve to 8-2 in their last 10 at Camden
Yards, and they’re hoping Jakubauskas can help them pull off both
“(An incident like that is) always in the back of your mind,”
Showalter told the team’s website. “Nobody takes that completely
out, but we haven’t seen any signs of it being one of the
challenges that pitchers face pitching.”
Baltimore scored all of its runs in the first two innings en
route to Monday’s 4-2 victory. The win was only the Orioles’ fifth
in 25 games against the A’s, who are a season-worst seven games
Oakland (27-34) has dropped 14 of 19 and seven in a row – one
shy of its longest skid in one season. The A’s dropped 10 straight
July 28-Aug. 7, 2008.
“Each (game) it’s something different,” manager Bob Geren said
of the slide. “The majority were well-pitched games. Tonight we got
two runs. It’s a combination – we haven’t played well the past
week, the total package. We have to play better.”
The A’s are also one loss shy of matching their longest road
losing streak this season, and Guillermo Moscoso (2-1, 3.21) will
try to help prevent that in his third major league start.
The right-hander, who made two relief appearances this past
weekend in Boston, was 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts last
month. One of those wins was a 6-4 victory against Baltimore on May
29, and Moscoso gave up four runs over five innings in that
Jakubauskas was 0-1 with a 9.39 ERA in two starts against
Oakland during his 2009 rookie season with Seattle.