Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Davis returns for Orioles as Rays turn to Karns

The Orioles' offense will be bolstered Tuesday by the return of first baseman Chris Davis, whose 25-game suspension from 2015 ended with Opening Day. Davis is expected to be in the lineup against the Rays at Tropicana Field, with Tampa Bay sending right-hander Nathan Karns to the mound. Karns will make his sixth Major League start and third since joining the Rays' organization prior to the start of the 2014 season. Baltimore is countering with lefty Wei-Yin Chen.
Three things to know about this game
1. Davis' arrival, which will likely mean that catcher Steve Clevenger will be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to clear a roster spot, has been long anticipated for the O's. After a monster 2013, Davis is hoping to put a '14 filled with injury and suspension behind him.
2. At 27, Karns is the oldest member of the Rays' season-opening rotation. When Karns is at his best, he is capable of being overpowering, as he showed on Sept. 12 at Toronto when he held the Blue Jays to no runs on two hits and two walks while striking out eight to earn the win.
3. New Orioles shortstop Everth Cabrera is expected to get the start on Tuesday, after Ryan Flaherty filled in for injured J.J. Hardy in the opener. Cabrera gives the O's speed and had a solid second half of the spring.

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