BOSTON - With the Athletics winning tonight, the Orioles now trail them by 3 1/2 games for the second wild card spot in the American League.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter stood beside his desk in the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park and took questions from reporters following tonight's 13-2 loss to the Red Sox.
On Boston left-hander Felix Doubront:
"He had a basket full of cutters tonight. A lot of cutters, and got in on some bats. We had one opportunity against him and cashed in two, but there was the potential for more. But he pitched well. And we did not pitch well."
On Wei-Yin Chen:
"It seemed like every time Wei-Yin made a mistake, he paid for it. He jerked some balls across the plate and left some out over there where he usually doesn't do it. He's working on an extra days rest and he's carrying a lot of fastball, but just didn't command it very well at the level that we've been spoiled with by him all year."
Confirming that Miguel Gonzalez will start Friday in the Bronx after facing two batters tonight:
"He was going to have two work days in between anyway, so he had one the day before yesterday and had a short one tonight just to get us out of an inning. He was going to throw some tonight anyway."
More on Chen:
"He made some good pitches. It's hard to believe we were ahead in this game 2-1. But you've got a team playing well. That's why they are where they are. You make some mistakes, especially in this park, you're going to pay for it."
On what was missing from Chen tonight:
"Didn't have command of much to slow them down a bit, but Wei-Yin's been able to pitch a lot with his fastball, too. Just didn't command it like he normally does. Got a lot of balls over the plate and got some counts that got away from him, too, where he took out any chance there was something coming other than that."
On possible roster move:
"We'll see if we need to do something between now and tomorrow, but it wasn't a good night for us pitching, especially their left-handers."
On Orioles putting this loss behind them:
"I just think thank goodness it was one night. That's what's great about the game. We get to wipe the slate clean tomorrow. And we're looking for a good start from Bud (Norris) tomorrow. It's not some equation that's new to the game. Usually, it's who pitches best, and they pitched better than us tonight."
On this being Chen's worst start:
"I bet he does again at some point. I hope not. Wei-Yin's a tough guy. A lot of people miss the competitiveness there and I look forward to him pitching again in five days."