--SS J.J. Hardy singled home 1B Derrek Lee and PR Jake Fox with one out in the bottom of the 12th, lifting the Orioles to a 2-1 win. Hardy was 2-for-5, and he is 7-for-13 with three RBI since coming off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Hardy has shown no ill effects of his strained oblique.
--RHP Jason Berken said his shoulder is fine, although he has allowed runs in five of seven outings. Berken told the Baltimore Sun he rarely looks at the radar readings when he pitches, but he noted that his fastball has more to it now than in spring training and that he generally feels stronger than he has in a long time. Berken missed almost two months at the end of the 2010 season with a tear in the labrum in his pitching shoulder.
--RF Nick Markakis returned to the starting lineup Thursday after staying home with the flu Wednesday. Markakis was 0-for-5 -- the third time in five games he's been at least 0-for-3 in a hitless night. However, he has two three-hit games in his last four starts.
--INF Robert Andino got his third career start in the outfield Thursday. Andino was in left field with Seattle LHP Jason Vargas on the mound. He went 2-for-2 and played some third base, as well, before he was lifted for PH Luke Scott.
--RHP Josh Rupe cleared waivers and was outrighted to Class AAA Norfolk. Rupe was designated for assignment Tuesday after SS J.J. Hardy was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
BY THE NUMBERS
2 -- Games scheduled for Aug. 27 -- when the Orioles play a makeup game against the Yankees. One game starts at 1:05 p.m., the other at 7:05 p.m.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"He's basically going through spring training again. For everybody that may think we've been overly cautious, there are two sides to that." -- Manager Buck Showalter, on the rehab of Brian Matusz. The left-hander, sidelined due to a strained oblique muscle, is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab appearance Saturday for high Class A Frederick. His next outing would be for Class AAA Norfolk on May 21, which could be followed by his first big-league start of the season in late May.
Copyright (C) 2011 The Sports Xchange. All Rights Reserved.