Andino said he felt "normal," but he did have a welt on the left side of his neck where the ball hit after hitting his helmet. He was still aggravated that he was the recipient of a 95 mph fastball in that area from Boston reliever Mark Melancon.
After he was hit, Andino angrily glared at Melancon and took a few steps toward the mound before being held back by the home-plate umpire.
"Who wouldn't be [angry]?" Andino said Saturday. "You get hit in the head with a 95 [mph fastball]."
Andino is scheduled to take a concussion test Sunday, Orioles manager
Asked whether he believed the
Andino played a key role in knocking the Red Sox out of last year's playoff race. So when asked whether he believed the pitch could have been carryover from last September, he flared.
"If that's the case, that's [bull]," he said. [That's] how I see it, but whatever."
Setup man Pedro Strop gave up back-to-back doubles off the
"I thought Strop threw the ball great today," Showalter said. "A strikeout, a weak ground ball, two routine fly balls that hit the wall. Hopefully, we'll take that as a positive. "
Showalter has continued to go to Strop in the situations he dominated until mid August. He was 4-2 with a 1.20 ERA after an appearance on Aug. 15. Since then, he has made 16 appearances and allowed 10 earned runs in 12 innings, which works out to a 7.50 ERA.
"My command was where I wanted it to be,'' Strop said after Saturday's game. "It was just one of those days. I don't like to make excuses, but I felt pretty good.
"I'm going to keep working as hard as I can to get back to the point where I'm 'lights out,'" he added. "This was definitely a step forward. I feel like me."
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