Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to start Tuesday against the New York Yankees

September 22, 2014|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

NEW YORK -- The Orioles released their rotation for the remainder of this week’s four-game series at Yankee Stadium and, as expected, right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will start Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees.

The move allows the Orioles to give the rest of their rotation an extra day of rest before their next start and again heading into the postseason.

Right-hander Bud Norris is scheduled to start Wednesday afternoon, and right-hander Kevin Gausman is expected to start in Thursday’s series finale.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said last week that Jimenez would receive one -- or possibly two -- starts before the regular season ends. He also threw a bullpen session Saturday, putting him in line to start after left-hander Wei-Yin Chen pitches tonight.

Jimenez, who had been demoted to the bullpen following an Aug. 16 start in Cleveland and made just two relief appearances over the span of a month, earned his first win in five weeks last Tuesday. He allowed two runs and two hits in five innings as the Orioles clinched the American League East with an 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

"That’s something I was looking for, to be able to get back on the mound,” Jimenez said about receiving another start. “It feels really good. I’ve never been in the bullpen before, so it feels different. It’s hard. So I’m definitely happy to have the opportunity to do what I’ve always done.”

Jimenez last faced the Yankees on June 20 at Yankee Stadium, allowing one run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out three batters and walking six in a 5-3 loss.

Jimenez is 2-3 with a 4.42 ERA in 10 road starts this season and is 1-4 with a 5.79 ERA in six career starts at Yankee Stadium.

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