BALTIMORE—The Orioles are the only team in major league baseball yet to play an interleague game. That will end on Tuesday when the San Diego Padres visit for a two-game series.
Manager Buck Showalter has been watching the Padres play the Nationals to familiarize himself with San Diego who the Orioles last played in 2013.
Of course, there’s been lots of turnover by the Padres since then, and Ben Werthan, the Orioles advance scouting coordinator won’t go on the team’s one-day trip to Texas so he can prepare for the series.
The Orioles have five games in National League parks over the next few weeks. They’ll play two at Petco Park in San Diego on June 28-29 and three more at Dodger Stadium against Los Angeles on June 4-6.
That will necessitate pitchers batting, and Showalter says they’ve been working on bunting since last week. Yovani Gallardo, Chris Tillman and Tyler Wilson, who are all staying back while the Orioles go Texas, will work on their bunting.
Gallardo is one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball with 12 lifetime home runs.
The other interleague series the Orioles play on the road are at San Francisco Aug. 12-14 and Washington Aug. 24-25.
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