McCrory added to O's bullpen mix
Baltimore (9-16) at Tampa Bay (11-15), 7:08 p.m. ET
TORONTO -- Bob McCrory was scheduled to arrive in Toronto late Sunday morning after he was called up from Triple-A Norfolk to replace right-handed reliever Dennis Sarfate, who was placed on the disabled list with a circulatory problem in his right middle finger.McCrory was not going to spend long in Toronto. After Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, he was back in the air as the Orioles travelled to Tampa to take on the Rays in a two-game set that starts Monday at Tropicana Field.
Not only that, it was McCrory's 27th birthday on Sunday.McCrory had a 2.25 ERA in nine games for Norfolk this season. In 2008, he had a 15.63 ERA in eight appearances with the Orioles. However, he was 2-3 with a 3.80 ERA in 35 games, including one start, for Norfolk last year. Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said McCrory last pitched for Norfolk on Friday, so the right-hander would be available on Sunday if needed. But with Jeremy Guthrie pitching a complete game, McCrory remained in the bullpen. Trembley said it was a consensus decision among the organization's Minor League staff that McCrory was chosen to be called up.
"He has pitched multiple innings down there four different times," Trembley said. "He was the guy who was the choice, the consensus of everybody."McCrory will fill a similar role to that of Sarfate.
"I would say he's kind of like what Dennis was, a middle-innings guy who could be a one-inning guy late in the game," said Trembley.Pitching matchup
BAL: RHP Adam Eaton (1-3, 7.17 ERA)
Eaton has shown a tendency to run up high pitch counts early in starts, a trend that has knocked him out of the game early twice in four outings. Eaton managed to work six innings in his last start, though, and left with his team trailing by one run. The Orioles hope he can keep taking the ball every fifth day and provide a safety net for some of the team's prospects. TB: LHP Scott Kazmir (3-2, 5.40 ERA)
Kazmir's control has not been up to par in this young season. The trend continued at the Metrodome on Wednesday, when he was yanked after the fourth inning, having surrendered eight runs -- six earned -- on nine hits and four walks. Kazmir also threw two run-scoring wild pitches. That came 11 days after he gave up six earned runs on five hits and six walks in four innings against the White Sox. Kazmir has walked 16 batters in 26 2/3 innings. In 13 career starts against Baltimore, Kazmir is 5-3 with a 4.35 ERA. Tidbits
After going 3-for-5 in his return from the disabled list last Tuesday, third baseman Melvin Mora has two hits in his past 14 at-bats. ... George Sherrill blew a save for the second time this season on Saturday in the Orioles' 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays in 11 innings. He is 4-for-6 in save opportunities this season. Trembley deftly skated around the issue when asked before Sunday's game if there would be any change in the closer role. ... Nick Markakis was 0-for-4 Saturday to end his hitting streak at 17 games. ... The Blue Jays will visit Camden Yards on May 25-27. Tickets
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Larry Millson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.