Bullpen gets new op­tion vs. left-han­ders

Duensing ex­pects to con­trib­ute; Jones is Cle­mente nom­i­nee again

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

ST. PETERS­BURG, FLA. — Left-han­der Brian Duensing made just seven ap­pear­ances be­fore go­ing on the dis­abled list and get­ting surgery on his left el­bow, so the Ori­oles haven’t truly seen how the veteran can con­trib­ute to their bullpen.

Af­ter they searched most of the sea­son for a sit­u­a­tional lefty, sidearmer Donnie Hart has slid into that role. Duensing’s re­turn from the dis­abled list Mon­day of­fers the Ori­oles an­other re­lief op­tion against left-handed hit­ters down the stretch.

“Ob­vi­ously, I was keep­ing tabs while I was away and it’s ex­cit­ing to be back and in the mid­dle of the race,” said Duensing, who pitched a score­less sixth in­ning Tues­day night. “Hope­fully, we can keep it rolling and keep win­ning some base­ball games.”

Duensing, who had a 1.29 ERA in three re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion out­ings at Dou­ble-A Bowie, threw mul­ti­ple in­nings in all three of his re­hab out­ings for the Baysox, capped by three in­nings in his fi­nal ap­pear­ance. Man­ager Buck Showalter said he could also pro­vide the Ori­oles with length, as T.J. McFarland did as a left-handed long man behind right-handed starters.

De­spite un­der­go­ing surgery to re­move a pair of car­ti­lage chips in his el­bow joint, Duensing said he knew he’d be back this sea­son.

“It wasn’t re­ally that in­va­sive of a pro­ce­dure,” he said. “They were tak­ing some chips out. It wasn’t like they were shav­ing down spurs or any­thing like that. I knew I’d be back. I thought maybe it took a lit­tle bit longer than I’d like, but I guess it’s bet­ter safe than sorry and don’t push it, you know?” Jones Roberto Cle­mente nom­i­nee again: Cen­ter fielder Adam Jones was named the Ori­oles’ nom­i­nee for this year’s Roberto Cle­mente Award, which rec­og­nizes a player from each ma­jor league club each year who best rep­re­sents the game of base­ball through ex­tra­or­di­nary char­ac­ter, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, phi­lan­thropy and other pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions on and off the field.

“It’s pretty cool,” Jones said. “I mean, Roberto Cle­mente — I don’t do this stuff for awards and stuff; I do it to help out kids. And try to make an im­pact where I can make an im­pact.”

Jones, who has been the Ori­oles’ re­cip­i­ent of the award five times, has long been ac­tive in the com­mu­nity. He has been ac­tive with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropoli­tan Bal­ti­more for sev­eral years, most re­cently do­nat­ing $75,000 to the Web­ster Ken­drick Boys and Girls Club. He also sup­ports the Jackie Robin­son Foun­da­tion’s schol­ar­ship pro­gram ev­ery year and serves as an honorary chair for the YMCA of Cen­tral Mary­land’s Send a Kid to Camp campaign.

Each team nom­i­nates one player and one is se­lected from that group to win the Roberto Cle­mente Award.

“It’s good to see a lot of peo­ple around base­ball help kids in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties that sup­port them,” Jones said.

Jones will be pre­sented with the award be­fore the Sept. 15 home game. Adam Jones Showalter stunned by re­lief stat: Showalter was sur­prised to find out that the Ori­oles have the fewest re­lief ap­pear­ances in the Amer­i­can League.

“That one, I was try­ing to figure out if I’m read­ing it right and if that’s pos­si­ble,” Showalter said. “So that just means we had a lot of long re­liev­ers pitch a lot of in­nings and do a good job. Or I think we had a good job of hav­ing peo­ple here to pitch those in­nings. I don’t think if I like the idea that we had a need for it.”

De­spite hav­ing the fewest re­lief ap­pear­ances in the AL (359), the Ori­oles are fourth in re­lief in­nings pitched (460), mean­ing they had longer re­lief out­ings than most teams. Around the horn: Tues­day marked the an­niver­sary of two ma­jor dates in Ori­oles his­tory. In 1995, Cal Rip­ken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s con­sec­u­tive-games streak by play­ing in his 2,131st straight, at Cam­den Yards against the Cal­i­for­nia An­gels. One year later, Ed­die Mur­ray hit his 500th ca­reer homer, at Cam­den Yards against the Detroit Tigers.

Starters: Chris Till­man (15-5, 3.76) vs. Tigers’ Justin Ver­lan­der (14-7, 3.28)

Starters: Wade Mi­ley (8-12, 5.49) vs. Tigers’ Jor­dan Zimmermann (9-5, 4.44)

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