The Baltimore Orioles are giving Jair Jurrjens a chance to
revive his major league career.
Making his Orioles debut, Jurrjens tries to help his new team
avoid a season-high fourth consecutive loss Saturday against the
visiting Tampa Bay Rays.
Jurrjens was an All-Star with Atlanta in 2011 when he finished
13-6 with a 2.96 ERA. However, the Braves sent him to the minors
after he started 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in four starts last season.
Jurrjens was recalled in June and went 3-2 with a 5.63 ERA in six
starts before a strained groin ended his season in early
After Atlanta opted not to re-sign him, Jurrjens agreed to a
minor league deal with Baltimore (23-18) in February. The
27-year-old right-hander went 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA in eight starts
for Triple-A Norfolk this season.
“If the command is there, he’ll give us a chance to win,”
manager Buck Showalter told the Orioles’ official website. “It’s
been a long journey for him. I’m sure (Saturday), I don’t know if
anxiety’s the word. He’s done this before. We’ll see. I’m anxious
With an oblique injury to Wei-Yin Chen, Jurrjens is getting the
opportunity to secure a spot in Baltimore’s rotation.
“I haven’t really been paying attention to my velocity,” said
Jurrjens, who is 53-37 with a 4.04 ERA in six seasons. “I really
cannot tell you how fast I am throwing. I’m just happy with the way
I’ve been performing the last couple outings. I’m getting a lot of
swings and misses again, and that’s a good sign. I’m just trying to
repeat my delivery and keep being consistent and keep on getting
This will be his first appearance versus Tampa Bay (21-20),
which held on for a 12-10 series-opening win Friday.
While the Rays have won seven of nine, Baltimore has allowed 17
hits in each of the last two games and an average of 6.1 runs while
losing five of seven.
Kelly Johnson and Yunel Escobar each had three hits and combined
for seven RBIs for Tampa Bay, which almost blew a 12-4 lead when
the Orioles scored six times in the eighth.
“We really should have been able to put that game away a lot
better,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said after his team scored its
most runs of the season.
Escobar is 10 for 23 (.435) with four doubles and six RBIs in
Teammate Evan Longoria added two hits, and is batting .419 with
12 RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak. He’s batted .389 while
hitting safely in nine straight versus Baltimore.
Scheduled Tampa Bay starter Roberto Hernandez (2-4, 4.43) has
allowed two or fewer runs in three of four starts, and three with
10 hits over 12 innings while going 1-0 in the last two. The
right-hander gave up two runs in six innings of a 4-2 win over San
Diego on Sunday.
Hernandez is 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA against the Orioles this
Baltimore’s Adam Jones is 5 for 10 with two doubles versus
Chris Dickerson hit a three-run homer while Chris Davis, Manny
Machado and Matt Wieters each had two RBIs on Friday for the
Davis is batting .414 with 24 RBIs in his last 16 games against