Series preview: Baltimore Orioles

BY foxsports • April 15, 2011

Jake Arrieta bounced back Thursday.
   
Unfortunately for the young right-hander, so did the Yankees.
   
Despite leaving with a lead, Arrieta came away with a no-decision as the Yankees won, 6-5, in 10 innings.
   
Arrieta scattered five hits and mixed in a walk and two strikeouts on 90 pitches. He allowed three earned runs, two of them coming in the sixth.
   
It was a statement outing for Arrieta after last week's loss to Texas in which he allowed eight earned runs on six hits (two homers) and two walks in 3 1/3 innings.
   
Arrieta has pitched into the sixth twice this season.
   
Arrieta has made just 20 career starts, and the club is in no rush to put any pressure on him. Particularly while right-hander Justin Duchscherer and lefty Brian Matusz are on the disabled list, the Orioles will keep running the likes of Arrieta and oft-frustrating righty Chris Tillman to the mound in hopes they put it all together sooner rather than later.

NOTES, QUOTES
   
--RHP Justin Duchscherer, whose career has been marred by injuries, discussed his battles with clinical depression with Men's Health magazine. "My problem is I'm a soft guy in a profession of hard guys," Duchscherer told Men's Health. "People think if you're rich, you must be happy. They can't understand why you're not." Duchscherer has been on the disabled list all season due to hip and back ailments.
   
--C Matt Wieters followed Wednesday's stellar game with an 0-for-4 night. But the Baltimore Sun reported Wieters is more comfortable at the plate, having altered his stance. The switch-hitter said he became "too spread out" at the plate.
   
--RHP Brad Bergesen will start Sunday in Cleveland, manager Buck Showalter announced Thursday. Bergesen pitched two perfect innings out of the bullpen Wednesday. He hasn't started since April 6.
   
--RF Nick Markakis finished a triple shy of the cycle Thursday. Markakis drove in three runs and scored two more, going 3-for-5 with his second home run of the season coming with two out in the third inning off Phil Hughes. It was his second three-hit game of the season, the other coming April 4 against the Tigers.
   
--LHP Mike Gonzalez looked better in spring training, but has struggled in the regular season. The former closer has an 8.10 ERA after allowing a run and earning the loss in Thursday's series finale in New York. Gonzalez has allowed an earned run in three of four outings this season.
   
--RHP Chris Tillman is still in line to start Monday against the Twins. Tillman was hit hard Tuesday in New York, failing to get out of the seventh inning in the Yankees' win. Class AAA Norfolk (Va.) RHP Ryan Drese is considered the best in-house option to start if Tillman is bumped.
   
BY THE NUMBERS:

3 -- Times in 18 days that RHP Brad Bergesen will have appeared in a game, if he is indeed to start Sunday in Cleveland.

5 2/3 -- Average innings per start by Orioles pitchers.

42 -- Jersey number for all Orioles on Friday, when they will commemorate the eighth annual Jackie Robinson Day.
   
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's done some good things here, and I have a long memory. I think he's in a good place. We know what he's capable of." -- Manager Buck Showalter on RHP Brad Bergesen.

ROSTER REPORT
   
MEDICAL WATCH:
   
--SS J.J. Hardy (left oblique strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 10. He is expected to return in late April or early May.
   
--LHP Brian Matusz (strained left intercostal muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 30. He played catch in Sarasota, Fla., on April 12.
   
--RHP Justin Duchscherer (sore left hip, sore back) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He underwent a medical procedure April 7 to relieve back pain, and it remained uncertain when or if he'd be able to pitch for the Orioles.
 


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