video thumbnail

MIA@SD: Cashner blanks the Marlins over 7 1/3 innings

The Padres and Orioles will meet for the first time in three years at Camden Yards on Tuesday.

The Orioles return to Baltimore for a much-needed homestand after playing 14 of their last 17 games on the road.

They will be up against a San Diego team that is coming off a sweep at the hands of the Rays but had won six of seven prior to that.

The Padres' last series ended with disappointment, as they had held the lead in each of three games but could not hold on in any of them.

On Tuesday, the Padres turn to their promising righty, Andrew Cashner, who will look to build on one of his best starts in his young career.

Cashner tossed 7 1/3 scoreless frames last Monday against the Marlins, allowing just four hits and three walks while striking out four.

It was a nice comeback outing for the 26-year-old, who was coming off a poor outing against the Cubs, and it was the longest start of the young hurler's career.

"I like the fact that he bounced back after a rough game last week in Chicago," Padres manager Bud Black said afterward. "He came back with a little bit of determination to prove that he's more of this type of pitcher."

Cashner's start against Baltimore will be only his fifth start of the season, having spent the first part of the year in the bullpen. His start Tuesday is later than anticipated -- he was originally scheduled for Saturday's game, but the righty was bumped back a couple of days to help manage his innings.

"We don't have a hard number [of innings], but we're going to keep an eye on his usage," Black said. "With Cash, we know there will be a time when we scale him back. It's his usage the last couple of years that hasn't been great."

Cashner threw just 57 innings in the Majors in the 2011-12 seasons combined, having been shut down in each of them as a result of injury. He is already at 30 2/3 innings this year.

Opposing him Tuesday will be Chris Tillman, who will take to the mound for the Orioles looking to maintain his recent success, having recorded a quality start in four straight games.

However, in his last time out, against Kansas City, the 25-year-old right-hander did not have his best stuff. Tillman allowed three earned runs on three walks and five hits, while striking out a season-low two in six innings on the mound.

However, the Anaheim, Calif., native still managed to better his record to 3-1, recording his third straight victory.

"You get your team deep in the ballgame, you feel good about it, whether or not you featured your best stuff," Tillman said after the game. "You give your team a chance to win and get deep in the game. ... I'd like to get deeper, but you feel good about it."

Padres: San Diego seeing sudden surge in power
The Padres are suddenly seeing their fair share of home runs, hitting 19 in their last 14 games.

Prior to Sunday's contest, the Padres' power was good for fifth in the Major Leagues and second in the National League over that span. Only the Indians (24 home runs), Pirates (23), Tigers (21) and Angels (20) had hit more.

Of those 19 home runs, Chris Headley and Will Venable lead the team with three, and 10 different players had cleared the fences over that span, including Alexi Amarista, who hit his second of the year Sunday against the Rays.

"If you look at this club and the makeup of this group, there's more raw power and strength through the lineup," Black said. "There are even guys at the bottom of the order who can pop the ball."

Orioles: Belfiore excited for MLB debut
Mike Belfiore was called up to the Orioles on Sunday, a year after being dealt to the team, to add some length to an overworked bullpen.

"It's just one of those days, I guess you can say," said Belfiore, who had his parents, girlfriend and friends on hand for the Mother's Day game. "Life-changing days."

Belfiore, ranked by as the Orioles' No. 18 prospect, takes the roster spot vacated by Steve Johnson, who was optioned to Triple-A after a four-inning start Saturday night. The 24-year-old has yet to make his big league debut, but being even this close has the left-hander excited.

"It's unbelievable," said Belfiore, who flew into Minneapolis early Sunday morning and will wear No. 65. "This is the dream that everyone wants to do when they are younger, and it's finally here. It hasn't set in yet, but just a dream come true."

In 10 games for the O's Triple-A team, Belfiore was 1-0 with a 5.52 ERA, but he was 5-1 with a 2.85 ERA in 28 outings with Double-A Bowie in 2012.

• Miguel Gonzalez, who was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 4, was going to try to throw Sunday, but the blister on his right thumb had not healed enough to allow it. Gonzalez will try to throw a side session Tuesday, and he could make a rehab start as early as Thursday or Friday.

Worth noting
• When these teams last met, June 18-20, 2010, the Padres took two of three at Petco Park. Comments