6/14/2014 5:04 P.M. ET
Orioles have designs on breaking up double plays
By Harvey Valentine / Special to MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- During Friday's 4-0 loss to the Blue Jays, catcher Caleb Joseph -- running from first base -- attempted to break up a double play by sliding into second baseman Brett Lawrie about 25 feet before second base.
Joseph failed to connect with Lawrie, who threw to first to complete the double play. The move was no spur of the moment decision by Joseph.
"That's a play we've worked on for two springs, and he did everything right but make contact," manager Buck Showalter said. "I think we've averted about five double plays], twice with [Dustin] Pedroia. J.J. [Hardy] took him out one time in the middle, so it's a designed pre-determined thing."
Showalter said most runners in that situation stop and get tagged out, or try to avoid the tag and are called out for leaving the basepath. Meanwhile, the second baseman is used to catching the ball and getting their feet up to avoid the runner, and they will also do that if the runner suddenly slides in the basepath.
"Half the time they don't tag him. They actually miss the tag," Showalter said. "That's what I was asking our replay guy as soon as it happened, 'Did he tag him?'A lot of times, if [the runners] do it properly, you'll see guys slide, get up and go to second base. That's the way we teach it. [Joseph] did everything [right]. He said he couldn't believe he missed him."
Rotation set for series vs. Rays
BALTIMORE -- With right-hander Miguel Gonzalez eligible to come off the disabled list on Sunday, manager Buck Showalter has set his rotation for the team's three-game series beginning Monday against the Rays in St. Petersburg.
Showalter said Wei-Yin Chen will pitch the opener, followed by Gonzalez and Kevin Gausman.
"The last two, I could potentially change the order depending on what happens today and tomorrow," Showalter said. "Something could happen where we need Miguel out of the bullpen on Sunday."
The 23-year-old Gausman was called up from Triple-A Norfolk while Gonzalez recovered from a right oblique strain. He's allowed two earned runs in 13 innings while winning both of his starts.
"I feel good about what I've done. I feel comfortable right now," Gausman said. "Whatever happens is going to be for the club's best interest."
If they both remain in the rotation, that ostensibly gives the Orioles six starters, including Ubaldo Jimenez, Bud Norris and Chris Tillman.
"When we get to the off-day [Thursday] we'll see where we are with everything," Showalter said. "Right now I haven't considered skipping anybody."
Showalter still not convinced on replay call
BALTIMORE -- One day after losing his latest replay challenge, manager Buck Showalter was still not convinced the call was correct.
The Orioles lost a challenge in the eighth inning of Friday night's 4-0 loss against the Blue Jays, with the call standing on Nelson Cruz's inning-ending groundout that stranded a pair of baserunners.
With two outs and runners on first and second, Cruz hit a ball to Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes, whose off-target throw forced first baseman Edwin Encarnacion to stretch far to his right to make the catch. Showalter challenged the call, claiming Encarnacion's foot came off the bag. But the call stood after a replay review.
"I gotta tell you, the replay last night, I'm not sure what they were looking at," Showalter said Saturday after watching the play. "I thought he was safe. That's three or four of them now, they came back as 'stands,' which means there's not anything to overturn it. Kind of in the eye of the beholder."
The Orioles are now 5-for-10 in replay reviews this season.
• Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was back in the number two spot in the batting order Saturday after hitting seventh the last three games. Machado had three hits Friday night and is 4-for-7 in the series.
• Right-hander Dylan Bundy, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 Draft, will pitch in his first game since 2012 on Sunday when he starts for the Class A Aberdeen Ironbirds at Hudson Valley. Bundy underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in June of 2013.
Harvey Valentine is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.