Joseph is 7-for-16 against runners attempting to steal this season.
Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a leadoff single in the bottom of the first. Manny Machado grounded into a double play, but Adam Jones hit his 10th home run of the season to give the Orioles an early lead.
Jones’ ball cleared the fence in right-center field, a popular direction for him. He’s homered in four of the last seven games, each time going to right or right-center field.
Earlier today, Orioles manager Buck Showalter talked about catcher Matt Wieters’ scheduled appointment on Monday with Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Wieters played catch again today and felt some discomfort in his right elbow.
“It hasn’t progressed as quickly as Matt had hoped it would, but there haven’t been any setbacks or anything,” Showalter said. “I think he just wants to get from Dr. Andrews in Gulf Breeze where he thinks he is, let him see it again.
“It wasn’t scheduled but I think it’s something Matt would like to do just to make sure he agrees with where he is and the way we’re proceeding.”
Showalter said he hasn’t heard from the commissioners office regarding yesterday’s bat-throwing incident involving Machado and the likelihood of a suspension. It could take at least 48 hours for a decision to be rendered.
“I’m sure Oakland’s being asked the same questions,” Showalter said.
Showalter is preparing for the suspension by deciding how to adjust his roster. The Orioles would have to play a man short, but they could send down a pitcher and call up an extra infielder such as Steve Lombardozzi.
“You could stick your head in the sand or you could realize there’s always that possibility,” Showalter said. “There’s really not a whole lot of plans you can make. It’s not like you can replace the player if that happens. Some of the moves that you make may help you withstand that loss better than others. It wouldn’t be very smart to stick your head in the sand and realize that’s not a possibility.”
Machado wasn’t made available to the media inside the clubhouse this afternoon. He conducted an interview with MASN after the players held a meeting to address his situation.
“I’ve talked to him a couple times today and had some conversations with him, and I know that he feels like he’s going to need to address it. In some ways, he felt like he did last night, but I think he wants to elaborate a little bit more after having a night to sleep on it and let some things become more apparent to him.”
Asked whether he’s concerned about Machado, Showalter replied, “I’m concerned about everybody. Even when they’re going good, you’re trying to keep it that way. I think we all have challenges along the way in life, and obviously in this game because it’s so... Manny’s had a lot of things thrown at him - no pun attended - that he hasn’t had in his life. There’s some challenges that he’s facing that he’s going to deal with and we’re going to help him deal with. I’m hoping that in the long run it makes him stronger.”
The Athletics were furious that Machado didn’t apologize after hitting catcher Derek Norris with his backswing. Norris told Bay Area reporters today that he didn’t need a direct apology after being made aware of Machado’s comments this afternoon.
Showalter said he noticed the lack of an apology yesterday and mentioned it to bench coach John Russell.
“Talking to Manny about it, he felt like with everything that had gone on that they didn’t really want to hear that,” Showalter said. “I think Manny’s had six or seven of those this year. Obviously, they’re not intentional. It’s just how he swings.
“It’s not something you want to see happen, just like when Matt gets hit or any of our catchers get hit. It’s unfortunate. I’ve never seen a hitter do that on purpose, including Manny, but he felt like they didn’t really want to hear it. Whether that was a good or bad decision could be debated on his part, but I can understand how they would have felt that way.”
The players talked to Machado in the clubhouse while Showalter met with reporters.
“I’m about letting the players police situations,” Showalter said. “I’ve never, and it’s very easy, to walk down the bench and tell (T.J) McFarland to hit somebody, OK? That’s easy. But it takes more guts to go down there and say, ‘No.’
“I’m not going to be standing at home plate and somebody’s got blood coming out the side of their ear after an intentional beaning or throwing at somebody. I don’t have anybody that I feel like every pitch they throw has that good of control. Obviously, yesterday with 11 walks would have been a bad day to issue that, and I’ve never done it and I never will do it. I think it takes a lot more guts and disposition to say, ‘No.’
“There’s a time and place for everything, OK? And I’d rather have the players police it as long as they do it in a professional manner. Those things escalated yesterday because of the contact Manny made with their catcher and didn’t show remorse in their mind. Manny did have much remorse, but he just didn’t feel like they wanted to hear that. They would think it was very hollow or whatever, so in some ways he was in a no-win situation. I’m not condoning it. He has some remorse today about the whole thing, but we’re going to deal with it and move on.”
Here are the pitching matchups for the series against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards:
Thursday: Kevin Gausman versus Mark Buehrle
Friday: Ubaldo Jimenez versus Drew Hutchison
Saturday: Bud Norris versus R.A. Dickey
Sunday: Chris Tillman versus J.A Happ
Update: Nick Markakis hit his sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot off Jake Peavy onto the flag court in right field to give the Orioles a 3-0 lead.
Adam Jones is 3-for-3 tonight. He’s 15-for-32 with four homers and 10 RBIs in his last eight games.
Bud Norris retired 13 in a row before Daniel Nava doubled past Chris Davis with two outs in the fifth. Grady Sizemore bounced to the mound on Norris’ next pitch, his 60th of the night.
Update II: Ryan Flaherty hit his second home run of the season in the seventh to increase the lead to 4-0. His other homer came on May 22.
The Orioles lead the majors with 15 home runs in June.
Norris has thrown 90 pitches in seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits.
Update: Norris went a season-high eight innings, shutting out the Red Sox on three hits, and the Orioles won the opener of the three-game series 4-0.
Norris allowed three hits, walked three and struck out six. He threw 98 pitches, 63 for strikes.
Tommy Hunter worked the ninth in his first game since coming off the disabled list.