Brooks worked 2 2/3 scoreless and hitless innings in his debut Saturday in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Rays. He was removed after 32 pitches.
Brooks has never faced the Nationals. Adam Eaton is 2-for-4 against him and Yan Gomes is 1-for-3.
Hanser Alberto isn’t in the lineup. He’s with his wife for the birth of their second daughter.
Richie Martin, in an 0-for-21 slump since homering against the Padres on June 25, is playing shortstop. He’s also 2-for-28 since June 22.
Erick Fedde is 1-1 with a 3.79 ERA and 1.388 WHIP in 11 games (six starts) this season. He’s averaging 4.2 walks and only 4.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
Fedde hasn’t pitched for the Nationals since June 20, when he lasted only 3 2/3 innings against the Phillies and walked five batters, and he’s never faced the Orioles or any of their current hitters.
The Orioles allowed double-digit hits for the 45th time last night, tied with the Royals for the most in the majors.
The Nats have won 13 of their last 16 games.
For the Orioles
Jonathan Villar 2B
Trey Mancini RF
Chance Sisco C
Renato Núñez DH
Anthony Santander LF
Chris Davis 1B
Stevie Wilkerson CF
Rio Ruiz 3B
Richie Martin SS
Aaron Brooks RHP
Nate Karns started today at Double-A Bowie and allowed one run and two hits in two innings, with one walk, one strikeout and a hit batter. He threw 25 pitches, 15 for strikes.
Left-hander Bruce Zimmermann allowed two earned runs and four total with three hits over four relief innings. Cody Sedlock, making his Double-A debut, tossed three scoreless innings with one hit, three walks and four strikeouts.
The Baysox committed five errors.
Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Mason Williams has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games, going 22-for-62 (.355) with five home runs and 12 RBIs.
Here are the starters for the weekend series against the Red Sox at Camden Yards: