BALTIMORE -- The season is less than a week old and Orioles manager Buck Showalter is debating whether to use MLB's 26th man rule. Mother Nature makes the debate a necessary one.
Baltimore heads to Detroit for a three-game series starting Friday. Showalter said the forecast calls for non-stop rain entering Friday's 1:08 p.m. ET first pitch with intermittent showers from there.
That could lead to a Saturday doubleheader, which means the ability to use the extra player. In this case, Showalter is thinking about right-hander Kevin Gausman, who is ranked the Orioles' No. 2 prospect.
Gausman was slated to start for Triple-A Norfolk Thursday night in Charlotte, but the right-hander was scratched from the assignment.
"You can only bring them in for that one game and then they have to go right back out," Showalter said of the 26th-man rule before Thursday's matchup with the Red Sox. "We're talking about shutting Kevin down tonight and keeping all available. I haven't done it yet, [but] we're talking about."
Gausman, 23, went 3-5 with a 5.66 ERA in 20 games including five starts for the Orioles last season.
Orioles face five-day stretch of day games on road
BALTIMORE -- Day games are the norm during Spring Training, but the vast majority of contests from April on are played under the lights. That's what makes the Orioles' upcoming schedule a touch unusual.
After wrapping up its season-opening series against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night, Baltimore heads to Detroit for a three-game set starting Friday. All three games are scheduled to start at 1:08 p.m. ET, and the Orioles then stay on the road and have 1:05 p.m. starts Monday and Tuesday in New York at Yankee Stadium.
"I think the day games in a row, we've been on that clock all spring, but we're almost off of that," manager Buck Showalter said. "That's why I really pushed for night games the last week in Sarasota, [Fla.]"
Odd situation or not, Showalter was quick to state he's not setting the table for any future excuse.
"Nobody remembers [early season start times] in October, September anyway," said Showalter. "Night games, day games, on the road, what are you going to do? It's a great way to make a living, and along with it, comes some challenges."
Cruz etching name in Orioles' record books
BALTIMORE -- Two games into his Orioles career and outfielder Nelson Cruz is already putting his name into the franchise's record books.
Cruz homered in each of his first two games with the team, becoming the fifth Orioles player to accomplish that feat. Frank Robinson (1966), Rafael Palmeiro (1994), Pete Incaviglia (1996) and Sal Fasano (2005) are the other names on that list.
Cruz also became the eighth different Orioles player to homer in each of the season's first two games. Brooks Robinson did so twice in his career, Nick Markakis in 2012 and Chris Davis last season.
Benjamin Standig is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.