Tonight’s pitchers: Hernandez vs. Santana

RHP David Hernandez (4-4, 3.81) tonight makes his 11th start of this season, his 5th at home and his 2nd this year vs. Los Angeles.

He is coming off of a win on Tuesday vs. Oakland. He gave up six hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings, throwing 106 pitches.

Over his last six starts, Hernandez is 2-2, 3.55.

He has recorded five quality starts on the year and all five have come over his last seven starts. In four home starts, Hernandez is 2-2, 3.22.

Right-handed batters are hitting .287 off him while lefties bat .268. Opponents hit only .160 vs. Hernandez when batting with runners in scoring position.

The O’s are 5-5 when Hernandez starts.

He has one career start vs. Los Angeles and got a win on July 3rd in Los Angeles. He gave up six hits and three runs over 6 2/3.

RHP Ervin Santana (5-6, 6.38) tonight makes his 15th start of the season, his 8th on the road and the 9th of his career vs. Baltimore.

Santana pitched a three-hit shutout his last time out, Tuesday vs. Tampa. He walked two and fanned six, throwing just 97 pitches.

In his previous four starts, Santana’s ERA was 8.31

Right-handed batters hit .260 off Santana and lefties bat .331 against him. The Angels are 8-6 when he starts.

Santana has spent two stints on the DL this year, missing 52 games. In seven road starts, he is 4-2, 4.50.

Last year he went 16-7, 3.49 in 32 starts covering 219 innings.

Santana vs. the Orioles:
2009: 0-1, 7.20 (5IP, 8H, 6R, 4ER, 3B, 5K on July 3rd)
2008: 1-1, 6.75
Career: 2-3, 4.85, 8 starts (52IP, 53H, 11 homers)

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