O's eager to give Meredith a chance

O's eager to give Meredith a chance

NEW YORK -- The Orioles will get a new face in their clubhouse and a new tool at their disposal on Tuesday, when right-handed reliever Cla Meredith is expected to join the team at Yankee Stadium. Meredith was acquired for Oscar Salazar on Sunday, and manager Dave Trembley said he looks forward to working the righty into his staff.

"I couldn't tell you when Meredith is going to be here -- either tomorrow or Wednesday," Trembley on Monday. "He's traveling from San Diego to get here. Obviously, when he gets here, we're going to have to make a roster move. I don't know what that move is at this time, but Meredith will go in the bullpen and be a bullpen guy."

Meredith, who has posted a 4-2 record and a 4.17 ERA this season, should give the Orioles a new look. The 26-year-old will give the Orioles their first low sidearm pitcher since Chad Bradford was traded to the Rays last season, and Trembley said he has a passing familiarity with Meredith from the Minor Leagues.

"He pitched at [Triple-A] Pawtucket when I was at [Triple-A] Ottawa," Trembley said. "He's a ground-ball pitcher. He's capable of throwing multiple innings. He was used out of the bullpen with the Padres."

Meredith, who has spent all but three career games with the Padres, has allowed opposing hitters to bat .324 against him this season and .277 for his career. He gives the Orioles a bookend to Matt Albers in that he can serve as a sixth-inning bridge to the late relievers, but his true specialty is facing off against righty hitters.

Meredith, a former sixth-round draftee, has allowed just three home runs since last season's All-Star break.

"It would be a good guy to have to match up against right-handed hitters in this ballpark here and in some parks that are conducive to home runs," said Trembley, saving special mention for Yankee Stadium. "I'm going to have to see him. We're going to have to take a look at him and see how he fits and then go from there with him."

Pitching matchup
BAL: LHP Rich Hill (3-2, 7.22 ERA)
Hill ended the first half of his season on a positive note, scattering seven hits across six innings and giving up only two runs against the Blue Jays. The lefty received a no-decision in a game the Orioles eventually won, 4-3, in 12 innings. It was good timing -- Hill had surrendered at least six earned runs in each of his previous three starts. This marks Hill's first career start against the Yankees.

NYY: RHP Sergio Mitre (Season debut)
The Yankees will call up Mitre from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to start Tuesday's game against the Orioles in what could prove to be an extended audition for the No. 5 spot in the rotation. The right-hander has compiled a record of 10-23 in five big league seasons for the Cubs and Marlins, and he was 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA at Triple-A this year.

Bird bites: The Orioles are 2-23 in their past 25 games against American League East rivals on the road and 1-12 in those circumstances this season. ... Baltimore has lost five straight games to New York this season and eight straight in the Bronx dating back to last July. ... The Orioles are 4-10 in their past 14 road games and 13-30 in their past 43 road games. Baltimore has the worst road record (15-30) in the AL. ... Nick Markakis has homered twice in the past four games after going 99 at-bats between long balls. ... Baltimore is now 28-21 when it scores first and 31-9 when it outhits its opponents.

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Up next
• Wednesday: Orioles (Jason Berken, 1-7, 6.44) at Yankees (A.J. Burnett, 8-4, 3.81), 1:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: Orioles (Brad Bergesen, 6-4, 3.51) at Red Sox (Brad Penny, 6-4, 5.02), 7:10 p.m. ET

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.