American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, May 11th
(All times Eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (22-14) at Minnesota Twins (16-16), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Steve Johnson (0-0, 0.00)
Minnesota - Vance Worley (0-4, 6.95)
(Sports Network) - The Baltimore Orioles will try to ride the momentum of
another extra-inning victory when they take on the Minnesota Twins Saturday.
The Orioles were at it again on Friday, as they rallied from a 6-0 deficit to
take home a 9-6 win in 10 innings against the Twins.
Chris Davis got the rally started with an RBI double to begin a three-run
sixth inning and then with an RBI double an inning later tied the game at 6-6.
Neither team was able to push any runs across until the 10th, when the Orioles
got a pair of RBI singles from Manny Machado and Adam Jones and a sacrifice
fly from Nick Markakis.
Davis went 3-for-6 with a pair of RBI in the game and Machado and Jones each
had three hits as well for Baltimore, which has won six of its last seven
games en route to forcing a tie with Boston and New York for first place in
the American League East.
The Orioles bullpen really picked up the team after starter Jason Hammel gave
up six runs in four innings of work. Tommy Hunter got the win with 2 1/3
scoreless innings while Jim Johnson nailed down his 14th save of the campaign
with a scoreless 10th.
Minnesota's loss came after taking 3-of-4 from the Red Sox over the week. Joe
Mauer went 3-for-5 in the contest with a pair of RBI but Josh Roenicke and
Anthony Swarzak each gave up three runs in relief, with Swarzak giving up the
game-winning runs in the 10th to allow the Orioles to steal the win.
Taking the mound for the Twins in Saturday's matchup is Vance Worley. Since
his impressive rookie year with the Phillies in 2011, when he went 11-3 with
an ERA of 3.01, Worley has been on the downturn. This season has been
especially bad for the right-hander as he is winless in all seven starts (0-4)
with an ERA of 6.95.
Worley has made it past the fifth inning just twice on the campaign and he has
allowed at least three runs in all but two outings. Last time out, Worley
allowed three runs over five innings of work against the Red Sox.
Earlier this season, Worley made his second-career start against the Orioles.
He allowed five runs, four earned, on a season-high tying 10 hits over five
innings. He did not take the loss though as the Twins were able to capture a
6-5 victory, marking just the second time the Twins have won when Worley gets
Though Worley has only been pitching at the Major League level for the last
four seasons he has much more experience than who will oppose him for
Baltimore as 25-year-old rookie Steve Johnson gets the start.
05/11 10:36:33 ET