DETROIT – The string of opposing left-handed starters ended at three today, and so did Joey Ortiz’s time in the majors.
Ortiz was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, with outfielder Kyle Stowers rejoining the Orioles for their series finale in Detroit. Ortiz went 2-for-8 with four RBIs while making three starts at second base.
The Orioles optioned Stowers on April 9 to give him more consistent at-bats. He was 0-for-4 with two walks in three games.
Stowers was batting .293/.427/.569 (17-for-58) with a double, five home runs, 17 RBIs, 13 walks and 17 strikeouts in 17 games with the Tides.
Manager Brandon Hyde is batting Stowers fourth today and playing him in right field. Ryan O'Hearn is the designated hitter.
Anthony Santander is on the bench.
Kyle Bradish has made two starts since coming off the injured list. He shut out the Nationals for six innings and allowed seven runs and eight hits with four walks in 2 1/3 innings against the Red Sox.
This is Bradish’s first career appearance against Detroit.
The Orioles are trying to improve their record to 19-9 and win their sixth series in a row.
The Tigers are starting right-hander Spencer Turnbull, a second-round pick in 2014 out of the University of Alabama who’s 12-28 with 4.47 ERA and 1.348 WHIP in 59 career games. He’s made five starts this season and posted a 7.25 ERA and 1.657 WHIP in 22 1/3 innings.
Turnbull has allowed only two home runs this year. He’s never faced the Orioles.
For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Adley Rutschman C
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Kyle Stowers RF
Austin Hays LF
Gunnar Henderson 3B
Jorge Mateo SS
Adam Frazier 2B
Ryan O'Hearn DH
Kyle Bradish RHP
For the Tigers
Zach McKinstry 2B
Riley Greene CF
Javier Báez SS
Spencer Torkelson 1B
Nick Maton DH
Akil Baddoo LF
Matt Vierling RF
Jake Rogers C
Andy Ibáñez 3B
Spencer Turnbull RHP