Saturday, April 9, 2016

Smyly faces Wright in second game of Rays-O's series

 Drew Smyly is fresh off facing the Blue Jays in his first start of the season. While the Blue Jays are considered to have the best offense in the American League, facing the Orioles is no picnic.
"Another tough test tomorrow night," Smyly said. "Another good lineup. Just go out there and compete, throw my pitches and see what happens."
The Orioles can load their lineup with power-hitting right-handers, including Manny Machado, Mark Trumbo and Nolan Reimold along with switch-hitting Matt Wieters.
Smyly, who had thrown a fastball, slider and curveball in the past, now has a changeup that he trusts.
The left-hander said he was pleased with how the pitch played against the Blue Jays in his last outing.
"[Josh] Donaldson got me [for a home run] on 3-1, but I also threw some really good ones," Smyly said of the changeup. "Got a couple of strikeouts on it. I think it's going to be a good pitch for me this year. Just have to continue to progress and get my command on all those pitches as sharp as I can."
Orioles right-hander Mike Wright will make his first start of the season, after the Orioles pushed Chris Tillman to Friday night due to Monday's rain.
Things to know
• Adam Jones continued to rest on Friday as the center fielder -- who didn't play Thursday due to rib soreness -- is trying to be smart about an early April injury.
"[I feel] a lot better than yesterday. Just going to make sure that it's right," Jones said on Friday afternoon. "Take another day and see how it feels. It's April 8. Obviously, I want to be out there with my men, but [Joey] Rickard and [Nolan] Reimold looked really good last night, so let this thing heal up right, and I think tomorrow or Sunday I should be a lot better."
• Chris Davis has two hits in 16 at-bats vs. Smyly, both of which were home runs.
• The Rays have homered in 19 consecutive games dating back to Sept. 20 vs. the Orioles.

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