Rasmus’ ball landed on Eutaw St., the 78th time it’s happened in Camden Yards history and the first in 2014. It’s the 47th by an opponent and the fourth by a Blue Jay. Eric Thames was the last on April 24, 2012.
Jimenez gave up three hits and struck out a batter. He’s allowed three homers in 11 2/3 innings this season.
The Orioles tied the game in the bottom of the first on Nick Markakis’ leadoff double,Delmon Young’s double and Adam Jones’ RBI grounder. Markakis is now 18-for-39 versus left-hander Mark Buehrle. Young is 9-for-22.
The Blue Jays replaced second baseman Maicer Izturis after the bottom of the first inning. Izturis left the game with a left knee sprain. Ryan Goins moved from shortstop to second and Jonathan Diaz entered the game at short.
Steve Pearce’s first start today comes on his 31st birthday.
“It took longer than I wanted it to,” said manager Buck Showalter.
“Steve’s good at it. Steve’s one of those guys who can sit and still (hit). He works so hard at it. That’s part of the reason why he had some wrist issues last year. He went a little too hard on it and I think he’s learned from that.
“Steve’s a professional hitter. And if we don’t have a spot for him, believe me, there are people who will. He’s well-respected in the industry as a professional hitter.
“Baseball’s been good to him because he’s been good to baseball.”
Update: Pearce led off the second with a double, his first hit in four at-bats. Jimenez retired the side in order in the second, and Young threw out Jose Bautista trying to stretch a single into a double to end the third. The Orioles have four outfield assists this year.
The Orioles are back at full strength with reliever Brian Matusz in the bullpen and hitting coach Jim Presley in the dugout after they missed the last two games with illnesses.
Matusz “looks a heck of a lot better,” Showalter said. “He’s smiling. You can tell he feels a lot better. Jimmy’s back. You don’t feel like either one of them is contagious at this point. We’ll find out.
“Anyboy that’s paranoid, you start feeling a little ache. ‘Am I getting it?’ It’ll be somebody else. It’ll show up again.
“We were getting ready to call Brian (last night) and have him come on over, regardless of how he felt. We didn’t have any starters last night that we could do something with. They had both taken their work days, so we were down to Matusz if we kept going, one of those 17 inning specials.”
Britton hasn’t allowed a run in 8 2/3 relief innings. Is Showalter hesitant now to stretch out Britton and make him a starter again?
“I wouldn’t hesitate if there was a need and it best served us, but I’d say the same thing about Brian Matusz,” Showalter replied. “He had a great spring as a starter. But we have some good options there - Mac (T.J. McFarland), (Kevin) Gausman, Steve Johnson. All those guys down there. Johan (Santana) is doing well.”
Tommy Hunter will get the ball again today in a save situation. Nothing has changed after Rasmus’ two-out, game-tying home run in the ninth inning last night.
“He didn’t blow a save. He didn’t have it,” Showalter said.
“They’re all going to have situations like last night. You learn from it. But you don’t become timid with it. Think of the positive things that Tommy brings. He throws the ball over the plate, he fields his position, he holds runners.
“I hear him in the clubhouse today. It’s not like the world ended for him. You know what he was excited about last night? We won the game. I was pleased that the next hitter, he attacked and got out.”
A reminder that third baseman Manny Machado will run full-speed Monday in Sarasota.
“Tomorrow’s a big day for him, but somehow I think at some point in that vast complex, he snuck out and sprinted somewhere,” Showalter said.
Player development director Brian Graham and minor league infield instructor Dave Anderson will supervise Machado. Still no timetable for his first game.
The Orioles still haven’t issued their first challenge under the new replay system. The Tigers and Blue Jays have done it against the Orioles.
“I miss arguing. I do,” Showalter said. “I was talking to Rick Dempsey last night after the game. I’m thinking, ‘Could you imagine Earl (Weaver) not being able to vent that frustration, never being able to argue all year?’ “
Those celebratory pies to the face delivered by Jones no longer contain shaving cream. They’re real pies this year. Maybe you noticed the crust along the edges of the foil pan. No more towels.
The pies come from “Dangerously Delicious Pies” in Canton.