Duensing is ac­ti­vated from dis­abled list

No fur­ther ad­di­tions from mi­nors ex­pected; Gam­boa de­buts for Rays

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES - By Ed­uardo A. Encina eencina@balt­sun.com twitter.com/Ed­dieInTheYard

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. — The Ori­oles added a third non-closer left-handed re­liever to their ros­ter be­fore Mon­day’s game in Tampa Bay, ac­ti­vat­ing Brian Duensing from the 60-day dis­abled list, but man­agerBuck­Showal­ter­said­he­do­esn’t ex­pect any other im­me­di­ate ex­panded-ros­ter ad­di­tions af­ter mi­nor league sea­sons ended Mon­day. Not “un­less there’s a need,” Showal­ter said. The Ori­oles hope that get­ting right-han­der Chris Till­man, setup man Dar­ren O’Day and out­fielder Joey Rickard from the dis­abled list will aid their play­off push more than any added mi­nor league depth. Sev­eral mi­nor lea­guers will be asked to re­port to Sara­sota for a camp that be­gins Fri­day in case there’s a need later this month.

Till­man and O’Day are closer to a re­turn than Rickard, who isn’t el­i­gi­ble to be ac­ti­vated from the 60-day dis­abled list un­til Sept. 19.

Duensing, who made just seven ap­pear­ances be­fore go­ing on the dis­abled list June 20 with left el­bow in­flam­ma­tion, made three out­ings for Dou­ble-A Bowie on his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as­sign­ment, yield­ing just one earned run over seven in­nings.

“He’s been pitch­ing well for a while now,” Showal­ter said. “His last three out­ings have been real good. Just an­other re­minder of the guys we’ve been miss­ing for quite a while. Good to get him back.” Brian Duensing De­s­paigne des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment: The team des­ig­nated right-han­der Odrisamer De­s­paigne to make room for Duensing.

De­s­paigne, who was ac­quired in Fe­bru­ary in a trade with the San Diego Padres for mi­nor league pitcher Jean Cosme, had a 5.60 ERA over 272⁄ re­lief in­nings with the Ori­oles. Kim fu­els rally out of ninth hole: Out­fielder Hyun Soo Kim has made most of his starts this sea­son from the No. 2 spot in the bat­ting or­der, but Showal­ter placed Kim in the No. 9 spot for his sec­ond straight start Mon­day, hop­ing to use his abil­ity to get on base for lead­off man Adam Jones when the or­der turns.

Kim leads the Ori­oles with a .386 on-base per­cent­age and is hit­ting .385 from the No. 9 spot, although most of those at-bats were ear­lier in the sea­son, be­fore he made his way up the bat­ting or­der. Mean­while, hot-hit­ting des­ig­nated hit­ter Pe­dro Al­varez bat­ted sec­ond for the fourth time in his past five starts.

Kim’s lead­off dou­ble off Rays right-han­der Matt An­driese set the stage for a five-run fifth in­ning. Jones moved him to third on a sin­gle, and Kim scored on Chris Davis’ two-out, two-run sin­gle.

“Adam, we only know is go­ing to lead off once,” Showal­ter said. “He’s ca­pa­ble of driv­ing in a lot of runs. … It’s kind of a big-pic­ture thing. [Al­varez has] done a nice job at sec­ond.” Gam­boa de­buts for Rays: For­mer Ori­oles farm­hand Ed­die Gam­boa, who ex­tended his ca­reer — and his dream of mak­ing the ma­jors — by be­com­ing a knuck­le­ball pitcher, made his ma­jor league de­but Fri­day for the Rays af­ter nine sea­sons in the mi­nors.

Gam­boa spent eight of those years in the Ori­oles or­ga­ni­za­tion, in­clud­ing three sea­sons try­ing to per­fect the knuck­le­ball. The or­ga­ni­za­tion brought in Hall of Fame knuck­le­baller Phil Niekro to work with him.

But it took a change in or­ga­ni­za­tions for Gam­boa, 31, to suc­ceed with the knuck­le­ball. He went 6-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 27 games (12 starts) for Triple-A Durham, which earned him a pro­mo­tion to the Rays when ros­ters ex­panded at the be­gin­ning of the month.

Af­ter strug­gling in his de­but Fri­day against the Toronto Blue Jays, Gam­boa threw three score­less in­nings against his for­mer team in a 7-3 Ori­oles win Mon­day. He re­tired eight of the nine bat­ters he faced, his only base run­ner com­ing when he walked Mark Trumbo in the sev­enth in­ning. Around the horn: The Ori­oles have outscored the Rays 61-36 this sea­son. … Davis’ home run was the Ori­oles’ 215th of the sea­son, third most in team his­tory be­hind the 1996 team (257) and last year’s team (217).

Starters: Wade Mi­ley (8-12, 5.49) vs. Tigers’ Daniel Nor­ris (2-2, 3.94)

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