After playing nine of their first 13 games on the road, the Orioles finally get a chance to settle in, even if it is only for a week.
This will be the first time this season that the Orioles have played more than two games in a row at home, where they have won only once in four starts.
The Milwaukee Brewers, the only Eastern Division team the Orioles see during the first six weeks of the season, open a three-game weekend series tonight. They will be followed into Memorial Stadium by the Seattle Mariners, who recently compiled a team-record eight-game winning streak.
Like the Orioles, the Brewers have been struggling of late, trying to establish a regular starting rotation. Before yesterday's 9-1 win over Texas, the Brewers had dropped three of four while also losing the services of designated hitter Paul Molitor.
Molitor's status is still on a day-to-day basis as the Brewers, who won two of three from the Orioles last week in Milwaukee, begin a three-game road trip that interrupts a stretch of 15 games at home that concludes May 5. By contrast the Orioles will not play 15 home games until May 18.
Jose Mesa (1-2, 2.45), whose lone win came in a 7-2 decision against Milwaukee last week, will face Kevin Brown (1-0, 5.23) in the series opener tonight (7:35).
Tomorrow night (also 7:35) Jeff Robinson (1-1, 5.00) will be matched against Don August (0-2, 13.50) and on Sunday at 1:35 it will be Ben McDonald (0-1, 11.57) facing Jaime Navarro (1-0, 3.55), who got credit for a 7-3 win over the Orioles last week.
All three games will be televised by HTS.