"I really didn't know because in Spring Training he was real quiet, rather reserved," said Trembley. "You really have to initiate conversation with him, but he's got a lot of experience he can draw on. He kind of likes to tell these guys what to expect. He doesn't tell them what to do but he kind of has told them what the situation might be, what might happen, how best to handle it. In that regard, you can't get enough of those kind of guys."
Hendrickson's utility became key for the Orioles last week, when they decided to shut down southpaw starter Brian Matusz before the end of the season. Trembley said he's not sure exactly how far he'll be able to stretch Hendrickson out, but he also said the veteran has made himself a serious candidate to come back next season.
"He's expressed a real interest to me about coming back," he said. "He likes being around the young guys. He likes talking to them. I don't know how much we're going to get out of him [Thursday]. I'm not going to expect 80 or 90 pitches, but we're going to try to build him up so that each start he can go a little bit longer and deeper."
BAL: LHP Mark Hendrickson (5-4, 4.43 ERA)
The Orioles shut down Matusz because he had reached his innings limit for the season, and when they did, Hendrickson became the natural choice to fill in for him. The southpaw has spent most of his time as a reliever this season but began the year in the rotation. Hendrickson is 1-4 with a 6.35 ERA in seven starts and 4-0 with a 3.44 mark in 43 relief appearances.
TB: RHP Wade Davis (0-1, 8.38 ERA)
Davis got off to a good start Saturday night with two scoreless innings against the Red Sox before finding big trouble in the third when the Red Sox tagged the rookie right-hander for eight runs on six hits to cut his second Major League start to 2 2/3 innings. The 6-foot-5 right-hander had an auspicious beginning in his first start when he struck out nine against the Tigers in seven innings.
The Orioles got just five hits in Wednesday's win, marking just the second time all season that they won with five hits or fewer. ... Baltimore and Tampa Bay sat through a 100-minute rain delay before completing Wednesday's game. ... Luke Scott doubled on Wednesday and is batting .304 (7-for-23) with five extra-base hits and six RBIs in his last six games. ... Matt Wieters hit the first walk-off home run of his career Wednesday night and now has nine RBIs in his last three games. ... The Orioles are 51-3 when they lead after eight innings and 3-75 when they trail at that point. ...Baltimore is 48-45 when it hits at least one home run and 8-64 when it gets outhit by its opponents. ... The Orioles are 39-31 when they score first and 21-54 when their opponent draws first blood.
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Friday: Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie, 10-14, 5.06) vs. Red Sox (Clay Buchholz, 5-3, 3.66), 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Orioles (David Hernandez, 4-8, 5.40) vs. Red Sox (Jon Lester, 13-7, 3.29), 7:05 p.m. ET
Sunday: Orioles (Jason Berken, 5-11, 6.08) vs. Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka, 2-5, 7.02), 1:35 p.m. ET