The Orioles made their roster move today, officially recalling catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning last night’s starter, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, to the Gulf Coast League team.
The Orioles currently list their starters for the Twins series as follows:
Friday - Miguel Gonzalez vs. Trevor May
Saturday - Chris Tillman vs. Kyle Gibson
Sunday - Wei-Yin Chen vs. Ricky Nolasco
Monday - Kevin Gausman vs. Phil Hughes
The GCL team’s season ends by Aug. 31, which makes Chen eligible to return.
Any player who’s optioned can return before the 10-day minimum period, and that player can be included on the playoff roster.
Chen is the ultimate paper move.
The Orioles are 32-19 against the American League East. Their .627 winning percentage would be the highest since they posted a .628 mark (49-29) in 1980, according to STATS.
The Orioles are 17-5 at home since June 30, outscoring opponents 109-64 in that span after going 19-21 in their first 40 games at Camden Yards. They’re 7-1 in Baltimore since Aug. 3.
As for tonight’s lineup...
For the Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce 1B
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz LF
Delmon Young DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis 3B
Caleb Joseph C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Kevin Gausman RHP