American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, April 28th
(All times Eastern)
Oakland Athletics (11-10) at Baltimore Orioles (12-8), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Tyson Ross (1-0, 2.13)
Baltimore - Wei-Yin Chen (1-0, 2.60)
(Sports Network) - Taiwan-born southpaw Wei-Yin Chen makes his fourth major-
league start for Baltimore tonight when the Orioles host the Oakland Athletics
in the middle game of three straight at Camden Yards.
The 26-year-old came to the United States and joined the Orioles after signing
a three-year deal that will pay him $3.072 million this season, $3.572 million
next season and $4.072 million in 2014.
The team has an option for 2015 that includes a $4.75 million salary or a
Chen has pitched 17 1/3 innings in three starts with Baltimore and scored a
win in his lone decision while surrendering 18 hits and seven runs with 15
strikeouts and six walks.
He's permitted a .261 opposition batting average.
Oakland counters with California-born righty Tyson Ross, who turned 25 years
old last week and faces Baltimore for the sixth time.
The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder was 1-4 in 26 appearances with the Athletics as a
rookie in 2010, split six decisions in nine games in 2011 and won his initial
decision of 2012 against Cleveland on his birthday.
Ross allowed a run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings to beat the Indians, five
days after going six innings and allowing two runs against the Los Angeles
Angels in Oakland's 5-3 win.
Ross is 0-1 in his previous five meetings with the Orioles with an 11.12
earned run average in 5 2/3 innings.
On Friday, Eric Sogard hit a two-run home run, while Brandon McCarthy earned
his first victory of the season as the Athletics took a 5-2 decision.
McCarthy (1-3) allowed just two runs on five hits and three walks over seven
innings in the start. Ryan Cook struck out four Orioles in the eighth after
Adam Jones reached on a wild pitch and Grant Balfour worked around a leadoff
walk in the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.
Josh Reddick hit a solo homer and drove in two, while Kurt Suzuki knocked in a
run and scored once for Oakland, which has won three straight.
Jake Arrieta (1-2) was touched for four runs on four hits and two walks over
his 5 2/3 innings in his start for Baltimore. Jones and Nick Markakis each had
an RBI in the loss as Baltimore saw its four-game win streak come to an end.
The A's won five of nine versus the Orioles last season, but lost all three
games in Baltimore.
04/28 10:33:37 ET