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Buck Showalter’s unbeaten start as Baltimore Orioles manager
continued through the opener of a series with the Chicago White
With the way Chicago’s Gavin Floyd has pitched lately, the
Orioles will be hard-pressed to keep that run going.
The right-hander will try add to his string of impressive
efforts and deny the Orioles a season-high fifth straight win
Saturday night at Camden Yards.
Adam Jones’ two-out single drove home the winning run in Friday
night’s 2-1 victory in 10 innings, and Baltimore (36-73) improved
to 4-0 under Showalter.
“People are on their P’s and Q’s and playing the game,” Jones
said. “We’re just playing the game smarter, not really giving them
too many outs. We’re making all the double plays, the small things
that we weren’t doing. Just playing the game smarter, I would
Showalter began his managerial career 6-0 with the New York
Yankees in 1992, but he’s got a long way to go to match Joe Torre’s
major league-record 13-0 start with Atlanta in 1982.
“So far, so good,” Showalter said. “The guys are playing hard
and getting a return on it. I’m happy for them.”
Another strong outing from Floyd (7-8, 3.54 ERA) might prevent
Showalter from leading Baltimore to its longest winning streak
since a five-game run from June 17-21, 2009.
The 6-foot-6 right-hander has not yielded more than one earned
run in six consecutive starts and is 5-2 with a 1.06 ERA in his
last 11. He carried a perfect game into the sixth inning Sunday as
he beat Oakland, finishing with one run and four hits allowed over
seven frames in a 4-1 win.
“One of the most underrated, untalked about two months for any
starting pitcher I’ve seen,” reliever Matt Thornton told the White
Sox’s official website. “Absolutely lights out. Every game he has
started, we are either winning or in it all the way to the end.
He’s been amazing.”
Floyd is 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA in three all-time starts against
the Orioles – none since 2008 – and 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two
outings at Camden Yards.
He’ll face a team hitting .324 in four games under Showalter –
65 points higher than its season average – but the White Sox lineup
could be in for a big day of its own against a struggling Kevin
Millwood (2-11, 6.05).
The veteran right-hander is 2-7 with an 8.84 ERA in his last 11
starts and has given up at least five runs in five straight
outings. Millwood has lost the past three, including Sunday’s 5-4
defeat at Kansas City as he allowed a season high-tying 11 hits in
5 2-3 innings.
He hasn’t had much better luck facing the White Sox (62-47) in
recent seasons, going 0-2 with a 7.07 ERA in the last three
Millwood is 1-5 in 10 all-time starts against Chicago despite a
The White Sox have been one of the hottest teams in the majors
since June 8 with a 38-14 record, but they have dropped eight of 14
on the road.