The Orioles are going for their fourth straight win tonight against the Mariners here at Camden Yards.
Left hander Zach Britton (1-1, 8.35 ERA) hopes to rebound from his worst outing of the season. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings and allowed 7 runs and 7 hits in a 12-3 loss to the Yankees in the Bronx on Wednesday.
“He’s pitched well at times, and I have confidence that he will tonight,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s not walling around in self pity. I can tell you that. He’s looking forward to competing. It’s been a long four, five days for him.
“It’s the best job in sports, the starting pitcher who has a great outing, those four days. The worst job in sports is if a starter has a bad day. The food tastes worse. Your wife might not be quite as attractive as you once thought, or you to her. It’s a tough for days.”
As for the news of the day:
-- Showalter said the organization is discussing the prospect of keeping outfielder Endy Chavez, who was designated for assignment on Saturday, within the organization at Triple-A Norfolk. As a veteran with more than five years major league experience, Chavez would have to accept an assignment to Norfolk.
“We'll see how it plays out,” Showalter said. “It's a decision he and we would have to make. I know how I feel about it personally. I'm not the only one making the decision. If you did it, it would be something that would be a September call up at the worst if he did it.”
-- Jim Thome, out at least a month with a herniated disk in his neck, will likely go home for part of his recovery, Showalter said.
-- Showalter continued to sound optimistic about right hander Jason Hammel's recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery. Hammel’s been recovering at home in Rhode Island, but will join the team some time during this homestand. Showalter said the front office planned to speak with Hammel today about whether he would stay with the team and rehab or go to Sarasota.
-- Showalter lauded the efforts of Janet Marie Smith, who is leaving the organzation to join the Dodgers. Smith was instrumental in the renovation of the team’s spring complex in Sarasota, as well as this year’s improvements to Camden Yards.
“We had been such vagabond with spring training, and to finally get our roots down in a city that we hope to be there forever,” he said. “And here at Camden, to help keep it one of the best facilities in baseball, it doesn’t happen by accident and it’s not cheap."
Here are tonight's starting lineups:
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 3B
Nate McLouth LF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Omar Quintanilla 2B
Zach Britton LHP
Dustin Ackley 2B
Trayvon Robinson LF
Michael Saunders CF
Jesus Montero DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Casper Wells RF
Mike Carp 1B
Miguel Olivo C
Munenori Kawasaki SS
Blake Beavan RHP