Kevin Gausman makes his major league debut tonight for the Orioles, who begin a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Gausman is the 11th starter used by the Orioles this season, one short of their 2012 total. He’s the third Oriole to make his major league debut this year, joining Zach Clark and T.J. McFarland.
Adam Jones remains the designated hitter tonight, the third straight game that he’s been kept out of center field. Alexi Casilla gets the start at second base.
The Orioles still haven’t announced a corresponding roster move for Gausman, but Jake Arrieta is expected to be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
For the Orioles
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones DH
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Dickerson CF
Alexi Casilla 2B
Kevin Gausman RHP
For the Blue Jays
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind DH
J.P. Arencibia C
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Emilio Bonifacio 2B
Munenori Kawasaki SS
Brandon Morrow RHP
Davis’ 29 extra-base hits lead the majors and are the most by any Orioles player through May 22 in club history, according to STATS.
Davis hit nine home runs against Toronto in 2012, tying Manny Ramirez (2001) for the most by an opponent in a season since the Blue Jays franchise began in 1977.
Machado has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 road games, batting .415 (27-for-65) with three homers, nine RBIs and 14 runs scored.
All nine of the Orioles’ runs over the last two games have come via home runs.
Updated pitching matchups for this series:
Friday: Chris Tillman (3-2, 3.52 ERA) vs. Sean Nolin (major league debut)
Saturday: Freddy Garcia (0-2, 4.84 ERA) vs. R.A. Dickey (4-5, 4.50 ERA)
Sunday: Miguel Gonzalez (2-2, 4.25 ERA) vs. Chad Jenkins (1-0, 3.60 ERA)