video thumbnail

BOS@TOR: Alvarez gives up one run over six innings

For Henderson Alvarez and Tommy Hunter, the last few days have likely felt like a few years.

There's no better way to forget about a poor outing than to get on with the next one. For Alvarez and Hunter, Tuesday's meeting between AL East rivals Toronto and Baltimore cannot come soon enough.

Alvarez suffered his first loss of the season on Thursday after allowing six runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 9-4 loss to Tampa Bay.

"I don't think he has any shortage of confidence," said Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, who went 3-for-4 with four RBIs on Thursday. "His stuff is very good. It's just a matter of really figuring out how to pitch at the big league level."

Hunter is coming off a miserable start for the Orioles in which he allowed eight runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings of an 8-1 loss to the White Sox.

"I'll find my fastball," Hunter said. "I will find it. It will come. Just got to reach in my back pocket and pick it out. I don't know what it is. I don't know what happened [Wednesday night]. I got to figure it out, bottom line."

Alvarez and Hunter have pitched against Baltimore and Toronto, respectively, but neither hurler factored into the decision. Hunter allowed five runs (four earned) in six innings in a 7-5 win on April 13. Alvarez went seven innings and yielded three runs on six hits in a 6-4 loss on April 14.

All-Star Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is just hopeful to get some games in, and to avoid the brutal weather that's been rippling through the Northeast.

"Hopefully it's not too cold, and we're going to be able to play some good baseball," he said. "They're playing good, and we're playing good. It's always very important to win against teams in your division, so it's an important series."

Fortunately for Bautista, after rain in Baltimore on Monday, the forecast looks much better for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Blue Jays: One closer replaces another
• Toronto manager John Farrell said he is grateful to have longtime closer Francisco Cordero as an insurance policy for injured closer Sergio Santos. Cordero picked up his first save of the season on Sunday, one day after Santos landed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Santos said he felt tightness in his shoulder while recording a save during Friday's win over the Royals. Farrell said the move was precautionary.

"If we're in the seventh game of the World Series," he said, "he's pitching, but given the fact that where we are in the season, we don't want to take any chances with this."

Cordero, who saved 37 games for the Reds last season and ranks 12th all-time with 328, closed out Toronto's 5-3 win on Sunday in Kansas City.

Orioles: Showalter exits early for first time in 2012
• Manager Buck Showalter was ejected Sunday with two outs in the sixth inning. Home-plate umpire Angel Campos tossed the skipper immediately after he came onto the field to dispute the first strike called on right fielder Nick Markakis.

Replays showed the first pitch by Angels starter Dan Haren was outside. Showalter spoke with Campos and crew chief Dale Scott after being ejected for the first time this season and 20th time in his career.

• Nine different players have contributed to the Orioles' 19 errors in their 16 games. The team has committed just four errors in its last seven games, however.

"Most of them have been throwing errors," Showalter said. "Probably the last six or seven have been all throwing errors. Some of them by pitchers, too, which is never something you want to see. An error's an error, but some things that are a little uncharacteristic, I think, that time will shore up."

Worth noting
• Hunter is just 1-3 with a 6.65 ERA in nine career appearances (seven starts) against Toronto.

• Blue Jays infielder Omar Vizquel, 45, has been on a roster that has been involved in a triple play nine times during his career.

MLB.com Comments