04/27/09 11:47 PM ET
O's look to Eaton to right ship
Baltimore (9-11) vs. Los Angeles (7-11), 7:05 p.m. ET
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
The Orioles finished their obligations against the Texas Rangers on Monday night and will play host to the Los Angeles Angels for the next two days, a team that has taken the season series from Baltimore for five straight years. And, in manager Dave Trembley's mind, he knows his team will have a lot of work to do.
"It doesn't get any easier with the Angels coming in," said Trembley. "Their lineup is pretty good, too. With their lineup, you have to stay away from the big inning. But more importantly, they'll run. They'll force the action, so you've got to stay away from putting baserunners on. They're very explosive offensively."
The Orioles are 15-29 against the Angels over the last five seasons, and they welcome Los Angeles at the tail end of a three-series homestand. Baltimore took two of three from the White Sox and then dropped three of four against the Rangers, putting a little bit of pressure on the team to finish strong against the Angels.
Baltimore has won four of its first six series and will hit the road to play Toronto and Tampa Bay after completing its series against Los Angeles. For the Orioles to get a hot start against the Angels, they'll need Adam Eaton to reprise his last start. Eaton pitched into the eighth inning and earned the win against Chicago last week.
"Right now, we need our starting pitcher to go deeper," said Trembley. "I would expect that the rhythm he was in last time would carry over and he'd be able to repeat it. He'll work fast. He had good movement on his fastball last time."
Baltimore has dropped five of its six series-ending games this season and is 3-1 in four series at home.Pitching matchup
BAL: RHP Adam Eaton (1-2, 7.04 ERA)
Eaton shocked everyone involved with the Orioles last Thursday, when he made one of the best starts Baltimore has seen this season. Eaton struck out nine batters in that game, the most he's struck out in any game since 2005. The veteran had gone just four innings in each of his prior two starts. Now, the pressure is on Eaton to prove that he can get deep in the game on a regular basis. LAA: LHP Joe Saunders (2-1, 3.51 ERA)
Saunders had his worst performance of the season Wednesday against the Tigers when he allowed five runs on seven hits. Saunders struggled with his command and was removed after making 84 pitches through five innings. Saunders will be happy to return to Baltimore, which is near where he grew up. He is 4-0 with a 4.40 ERA against the Orioles in his career and is 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA at Camden Yards. Traffic advisory
Due to a water main break in downtown Baltimore, Orioles fans are advised to avoid the area near Lombard Street and Gay Street. Fans coming from the north can take I-83 to Fayette Street and take Fayette west to Howard Street. When exiting the park, fans can take Pratt Street to I-83 (it is open); however, if Pratt Street appears congested, fans are advised to take Martin Luther King Blvd. north to I-83. Fans coming from the south should not be affected.
Right fielder Nick Markakis singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to a team-high 14 games. The outfielder's longest career streak is 17 games. ... Second baseman Brian Roberts is just four games away from reaching 1,000 for his career. That will make him just the 15th Oriole to ever reach that plateau. ... Robert Andino had two hits on Monday night, amassing just his second multihit game of the season.
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Wednesday: Orioles (Koji Uehara, 2-1, 4.56) vs. Angels (Shane Loux, 0-2, 6.61), 12:35 p.m. ET
Friday: Orioles (Mark Hendrickson, 1-3, 5.40) at Blue Jays (Roy Halladay, 4-1, 3.75), 7:07 p.m. ET
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.