Two weeks ago, the idea that Brian Matusz would be the Orioles only left-hander in the bullpen would have been astounding.Now, Buck Showalter seems willing to give it a try. After giving J.C. Romero six games in the job, the Orioles designated the veteran lefty for assignment on Friday and recalled Matusz from Norfolk.Matusz was sent to Norfolk on July 1 and after Troy Patton sprained his ankle and Romero was acquired, the Orioles had sent the left-hander to the Tides bullpen.He allowed four runs in six innings, striking out nine. Overall, he was 2-1 with a save and a 4.21 ERA in 10 games.Im confident in his abilities, Showalter said.We dont know if thats going to play up here. Well see. Only one way to find out. They dont have a Four-A League. Its a need we obviously have and Brian is our best option at this point.Patton who is eligible to return on Tuesday, isnt close to being ready, Showalter said.When Matusz was sent down, he was 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA. Everythings happened so fast, making the transition from starter to reliever, Matusz said.Its never easy switching positions. Well, its the same position, but I look at it that its still pitching. You still have to get the hitters out and youve still got to throw strikes and attack the zone.I had some struggles at first, but was able to learn and make some adjustments and have some good outings and be able to get this opportunity to be here now.Matusz had some success at Triple-A, but said he didnt necessarily expect to be back by now.I didnt exactly put a timetable for myself, Matusz said.Romero had a 6.75 ERA in six appearances. Opponents batted .368 against him in four innings.When youre in a pennant race, sometimes you have less room for mistake, and thats what happened, Romero said. Four innings, thats all she wrote.The 36-year-old Romero will go home to Alabama and may consider retirement.
BALTIMORE -- Mike Clevenger pitched a two-hitter in his first career complete game, and the Cleveland Indians hit three solo homers off Chris Tillman in a 4-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.
Jose Ramirez went 3 for 4 with his team-leading fifth home run. Yan Gomes and Yonder Alonso also went deep for Cleveland, which came into the game ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs and last in batting average.
Clevenger (2-0) hardly needed the offensive support. Pitching on seven days' rest, the right-hander struck out three, walked two and allowed only one runner past first base.
The only two hits he allowed were singles by Manny Machado in the fourth inning and Chance Sisco in the fifth.
It was Clevenger's 35th career start. His previous longest outing was 7 1/3 innings, earlier this month against Kansas City.
While Clevenger is unbeaten in 11 starts since July 31, Tillman has experienced an opposite fate. This was his 22nd straight start without a victory, dating back to his first outing last season.
Tillman (0-4) gave up four runs, eight hits and a walk in six innings. The three home runs were one more than he yielded in his first three starts this season.
Michael Brantley hit a run-scoring groundout in the first inning and Gomes connected in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.
The Orioles put runners on the corners with one out in the fourth, their lone threat against Clevenger, who responded by retiring Tim Beckham on a short fly to left and getting Anthony Santander to ground out.
Ramirez led off the sixth with a drive to left, and Alonso hit a two-out shot that landed on Eutaw Street beyond the right-field scoreboard.
DETROIT - Leonys Martin hit his first big league grand slam, Jeimer Candelario had four hits and three RBIs, and the Detroit Tigers beat Baltimore 13-8 Thursday to extend the Orioles' losing streak to six.
Jordan Zimmermann (1-0) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, allowing two home runs to Manny Machado and one to Chris Davis. Zimmermann was pitching for the first time since being hit in the jaw by a line drove off the bat of Cleveland's Jason Kipnis on April 11.
Alex Cobb (0-2) made his second start after signing a $57 million, four-year contract in spring training and his ERA rose to 15.43. He allowed seven runs - five earned - and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Machado had four RBIs for the Orioles, who were outhit 18-14 in the game and outscored 23-15 in the three-game sweep.
Victor Martinez hit an RBI single in the first, but Davis put Baltimore ahead with a two-run homer in the second, his sixth hit and fourth homer in 10 career at-bats against Zimmermann.
Detroit went ahead for good with four runs in the bottom half after third baseman Tim Beckham's throwing error allowed James McCann to reach base leading off. Jose Iglesias hit a two-run triple, Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single and Nick Castellanos a run-scoring groundout.
Machado's homer in the third cut Baltimore's deficit to 5-2, but Candelario's two-run homer extended the lead to 7-2 in the bottom half. Martin homered off Mike Wright Jr. in a five-run fifth.