A pair of former Orioles pitchers, both named Jose, are on their way back to Baltimore.
The contract of righthander Jose Bautista was purchased from Miami, an independent team in the Florida State League. In another move, Jose Mesa was recalled from Triple A Rochester and will start for the Orioles tomorrow night.
Bautista is expected to be available for duty tonight against the Rangers. Reliever Mark Williamson, who suffered a strained lateral oblique muscle in his left side in the second game of last night's doubleheader, will most likely be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Since being outrighted on April 24, Bautista split time between Miami and Oklahoma City. In Miami he went 8-2 with a 2.71 ERA in 11 starts. He pitched three shutouts and four complete games. In 76 1/3 innings he struck out 69 and walked 11. In 11 games at Oklahoma City, where he started three games, Bautista was 0-3 with a 5.29 ERA.
Mesa was optioned to Rochester on July 1, after compiling a 4-8 record and 5.75 ERA with the Orioles. In eight starts at Rochester he was 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA, including one shutout.
* HIT MAN: Juan Gonzales has become the youngest hitter in Texas Rangers' history to hit 20 home runs in one season.
The leftfielder (21 years, 9 months, 28 days old) surpassed Ruben Sierra by two days. Sierra went on to hit 30 in 1987.
Gonzalez had five hits in last night's doubleheader loss to the Orioles, including his 20th home run, a two-run shot off Mark Williamson in the nightcap that brought Texas within a run.
* POOLE STINGY: In his short tour with the Orioles, reliever Jim Poole has retired 35 of the 42 batters he's faced. Five have reached on hits, three on errors. He retired both men he faced in last night's opener, but was nicked for two hits in the second game.
* REIMER APPEALING: The American League has suspended the Rangers' Kevin Reimer for three games, effective Monday night, for charging the mound after being hit by Milwaukee's Chris Bosio Aug. 4. But Reimer has appealed the suspension and thus remains eligible until a hearing is held. He was 3-for-8 last night.
Reimer is the first Texas player to be so disciplined since Steve Buechele was suspended for three games after charging the mound last August against Chicago. Buechele served the suspension.