O's seek turnaround in Interleague
Baltimore (25-35) vs. Atlanta (29-30), 7:05 p.m. ET
BALTIMORE -- It's that time of year again.The time when American League pitchers have their only at-bats of the season. A time when the National League is introduced to the designated hitter.
BAL: RHP Jason Berken (1-2, 7.04 ERA)
Berken has experienced a lot in his first three Major League starts. He has pitched well and lost and pitched so-so and won, but he was hit hard by the A's in his last appearance, giving up nine runs on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings. There's little question that Berken has the stuff to be a Major League pitcher; he just may have to learn the hard way. ATL: RHP Tommy Hanson (0-0, 9.00 ERA)
After proving perfect and dominant during the first three innings of his Major League debut on Sunday, Hanson struggled to command his fastball and surrendered three two-run homers. The hard-throwing right-hander, who is considered one of the game's top pitching prospects, needed 31 pitches to complete his first three innings and 60 to complete his final three. With a plus slider and an effective curve, he can be dominant if he can consistently get ahead in the count. Hanson's fastball rests around 95 mph and was clocked as high as 97 mph during his debut against the Brewers. Tidbits
Luke Scott hit his 14th home run of the season in the first inning Thursday. Scott has hit seven of the Orioles' last nine home runs. ... Orioles reliever Brian Bass pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs. Those runs matched the number of earned runs he had allowed in his previous nine appearances combined. ... The Orioles have been held to three or fewer runs in 10 of their last 11 games. The 1955 Orioles went 16 straight games scoring three runs or less from June 15-July 3. Tickets
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Sunday: Orioles (Brad Bergesen, 3-2, 4.04) vs. Braves (Derek Lowe, 7-3, 3.44), 1:35 p.m. ET
Brian Eller is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.