Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Eovaldi, Norris dig in for finale battle on Jackie Day

The Orioles and Yankees will play the finale of their three-game series on Wednesday at Camden Yards, with Baltimore right-hander Bud Norris drawing the start against New York right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on Jackie Robinson Day.
Norris took the loss in the O's home opener on Friday, allowing eight runs on seven hits in three innings to the Blue Jays. He struggled with his command in the outing and is trying to find his rhythm after a rough spring.
Eovaldi is making his second start for the Yankees. He recorded a no-decision against the Red Sox in his debut, allowing three runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 frames in Friday's marathon 19-inning contest. Eovaldi hit 101 mph on the radar gun but generated only three swings and misses in 94 pitches.
Things to know about this game:
• Adam Jones has homered in both of the first two games of this series, taking CC Sabathia deep in the first inning on Tuesday. Jones is off to a sizzling start this season, ranking among the Major League leaders with four home runs and 11 RBIs.
• The Orioles' bullpen has been vulnerable, allowing at least one run in each of their first eight games this season as Brad Brach, Kevin Gausman, and Tommy Hunter have run into trouble. The Yankees' bullpen has been a strength, paced by Andrew Miller, who has yet to allow a hit in 3 2/3 innings and is 2-for-2 in save opportunities.
• Alex Rodriguez is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday after being given the day off Tuesday. Rodriguez had played in the Yanks' first seven games of the season, bouncing around the lineup and playing at first and third base as well as designated hitter. He has been among the Yanks' most productive hitters, batting .250/.357/.458 through 24 at-bats.

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