The Orioles continue their road trip with three games in Minnesota and at least one more roster move.
The Orioles would like to get T.J. McFarland in the bullpen as a left-handed long man, but that move will have to wait.
Manager Buck Showalter told reporters yesterday in Chicago that Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia is beginning his injury rehab assignment tonight at Double-A Bowie. A pitcher’s assignment can last up to 30 days.
Making room in the bullpen for Garcia is another headache for another day.
The Orioles and Twins split six games last season. The Orioles outscored them 24-11 in three wins and were outscored 18-13 in three losses.
If the Orioles pull off a three-game sweep this week, it will be the first for them in Minnesota since 1999.
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen’s ERA is down to 2.84 in 95 innings. He’s allowed two earned runs or fewer in his last five starts, with a brief interruption while he visited Single-A Frederick.
Chen is 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA in four career starts against the Twins and 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA in three starts at Target Field.
The current Twins are batting .349 (22-for-63) against Chen. Brian Dozier is 5-for-11 with a home run, Trevor Plouffe is 4-for-11 with two doubles and a home run, Joe Mauer is 4-for-11 with a double, and Eduardo Nunez is 5-for-14 with three doubles.
Twins starter Phil Hughes has surrendered 19 home runs, tied for most in the American League. He’s 5-2 with a 3.76 ERA in eight home starts and 2-4 with a 4.83 ERA in eight road starts.
Hughes is 8-5 with a 4.67 ERA in 22 games (19 starts) against the Orioles. Manny Machado, expected to be named a reserve on the American League All-Star team tonight, is 6-for-15 against Hughes. Adam Jones is 8-for-51 (.157) with two doubles and two home runs, J.J. Hardy is 6-for-32 (.188) with a double and home run, and Matt Wieters is 7-for-37 (.189) with a home run.
The Twins are 25-15 at home this season and 18-24 on the road. They’re positioned in second place in the American League Central, 4 1/2 games behind the Royals.