Patton no longer pending

The Orioles accomplished nothing tonight except to reintroduce left-hander Troy Patton to the majors.

Patton finally appeared in a game, his first since 2007 with the Houston Astros. He worked two-thirds of an inning after replacing David Hernandez in the seventh and gave up a hit and walk. He also struck out David Ortiz, who drove in four runs against starter Kevin Millwood.

Ryan Kalish greeted Patton with a double, and Victor Martinez walked on four pitches with two outs before Ortiz fanned.

Patton threw 16 pitches. He'll probably have to ice his arm for a week.

I've been asked about Patton so many times, I was preparing an abbreviated "Because You Asked." Manager Buck Showalter has been saving him as the long man, but finally decided to give him a little work in a lopsided game.

Showalter also used Rick VandenHurk, who struck out two in a scoreless eighth.

VandenHurk was a candidate to start in Boston. He also was a candidate to start in Toronto.

I'm starting to wonder if he'll ever start.

At least we don't have to wonder about Patton anymore.

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