Andrew Cashner is working on eight days’ rest due to an off-day and blister on his right middle finger.
Cashner faced the Athletics on April 8 in Baltimore and allowed three earned runs (four total) and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings in a 12-4 win. Josh Phegley and Mark Canha hit home runs.
Tonight marks Cashner’s eighth career appearance and seventh start against the A’s. He’s 2-1 with a 6.53 ERA and 1.648 WHIP in 30 1/3 innings. In his only start and game in Oakland, he allowed three earned runs (four total) and six hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Mike Fiers hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs since April 20, a span of nine starts. He’s registered five quality starts in a row.
Right-handed hitters are slashing .195/.276/.403 against Fiers this season and left-handers are batting .265/.308/.422.
Fiers has registered a 2.08 ERA and 0.885 WHIP in four career starts against the Orioles over 26 innings.
The Orioles were swept last year in a three-game series in Oakland. They haven’t swept the A’s on the West Coast since 2005.
The 2018 losses came by scores of 6-4, 2-0 (in 12 innings) and 2-1. The pitchers of record were Brad Brach, Pedro Araujo and Alex Cobb - one who has since been traded, one assigned to Double-A Bowie and one recovering from season-ending hip surgery.
For the Orioles
Jonathan Villar SS
Anthony Santander LF
Trey Mancini RF
Chance Sisco C
Pedro Severino DH
Rio Ruiz 3B
Hanser Alberto 2B
Chris Davis 1B
Stevie Wilkerson CF
Andrew Cashner RHP
Double-A Bowie outfielder Yusniel Diaz has been chosen as the Eastern League Player of the Week for the period of June 10-16. Diaz posted a .364 average (8-for-22) with two doubles, three home runs, 12 RBIs, seven runs scored, four walks, and a .864 slugging percentage in six games.
MASNsports.com’s Steve Melewski is in Oakland.