MILWAUKEE -- Only a week into the season, there is already an indication of how opponents will juggle their rotations to keep lefthanders from facing the Orioles.
The Brewers will throw a couple of righthanders, Jaime Navarro and Mark Knudson, at the Orioles the next two days, bumping lefthander Kevin Brown from the rotation in the process. Navarro and Knudson, who each have 3-0 career records against the Orioles, will pitch the final two games of the series.
Brown was scheduled to pitch tomorrow afternoon's game. Knudson, despite being sent home from Texas with a case of the flu, has been inserted in his place.
Navarro (0-0, 3.00 earned run average) beat the Orioles twice last year, notching a 1.88 ERA. He will face Dave Johnson (1-0, 0.00) in tonight's 7:05 game. Johnson was 2-1 against Milwaukee last year and is 3-2 overall against the Brewers with a 4.15 ERA.
Knudson, who was Milwaukee's Opening Day pitcher, has a career 1.69 ERA against the Orioles. He will face Jeff Ballard (1-1, 7.71) in the series finale tomorrow afternoon (2:35, WBAL-AM 1090).
With righthanders scheduled the next two days, manager Frank Robinson will stay with basically the same lineup that produced a 7-2 victory on Monday. Catcher Bob Melvin, who hasn't played since Opening Day, could get the call in one of the games, replacing Chris Hoiles, who has only one hit in his first 15 at-bats.
It's possible that ex-Oriole Rick Dempsey will start tomorrow's game against Ballard. If so, it would be his 1,700th game in a career that has spanned four decades. Dempsey is 15th on the all-time catching list with 1,571 games played at that position.
After the series with the Brewers, the Orioles return home for a weekend series against the Texas Rangers.