Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 7/17/12
With their starting rotation in a state of flux, the injury-plagued Baltimore Orioles are counting on Zach Britton to help provide some stability. Britton is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to make his season debut Tuesday night as the visiting Orioles take on the Minnesota Twins, who broke out in a big way during the opener of this four-game set. After going 11-11 with a 4.61 ERA over 28 starts during his up-and-down rookie season, Britton has yet to take mound in the majors this year. The 24-year-old left-hander, who was on the disabled list last August with a strain in his throwing shoulder, still felt soreness in the spring and was placed on the DL with a shoulder impingement before opening day. Activated June 6, Britton was sent to the minors, where he's been able to round into form. He threw seven scoreless innings during his last start Thursday and is looking forward to finally getting back to the big leagues. "I feel a lot more confident going into this year, because I know I've prepared the right way and my delivery's where it needs to be," Britton, who led Baltimore in wins last year, told the team's official website. "There's a lot of confidence from that aspect coming into the start." With Jason Hammel (right knee surgery) out for at least a month and Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta both recently sent down, the Orioles are looking to Britton to bolster their rotation, which looked especially troubled Monday. Chris Tillman was tagged for seven runs - one earned - while retiring just two batters before being removed. The Twins (37-52) did plenty more damage the rest of the way, winning 19-7 behind Denard Span's season-high five RBI and four hits each from Ben Revere and Justin Morneau. "We've been taking a few beatings lately. It's nice to be on this side of one," said manager Ron Gardenhire, whose club snapped a five-game losing streak. Baltimore (46-43) had outscored the Twins 39-9 during a seven-game run in the series before Monday, but dropped to 1-5 over its last six games overall. "File this away as, 'Oh, well,'" said Mark Reynolds, who went 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs but committed a two-out error that led to the Orioles' disastrous first inning. "Just one of those nights. You've got to tip your hats to them." Baltimore will try to bounce back against Twins scheduled starter Samuel Deduno (0-0, 5.06 ERA). In his first big league start for the Twins, the right-hander allowed three runs and was taken deep twice over 5-13 innings of a 4-3, 10-inning loss at Texas on July 7. While Deduno has never faced Baltimore, Britton won each of his two starts versus Minnesota last season while compiling a 3.27 ERA. Already playing without oft-injured Brian Roberts (hip), the Orioles now have to overcome the absence of fellow second baseman Robert Andino. He's expected to miss at least three weeks due to an injured left shoulder. Andino was hitting .230 with five homers and 21 RBIs in 79 games. Britton will take his spot on the roster.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bright future for Minnesota Timberwolves

Eli and Archie Manning say Peyton won’t likely leave Denver if he plays in 2016

NCAA mulls changes to graduate transfer and targeting rules

Cavs active in NBA trade market, covet Jared Dudley

Roger Goodell expectedly dodges Patriots-related questions at Super Bowl

Baltimore Orioles acquire starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

USC athletic director Pat Haden to retire in June

Report: Browns owner ‘frustrated, emotional’ about Johnny Manziel

Raiders and Texans to play MNF game in Mexico City in 2016

Goodell wants to keep Raiders, Chargers in home markets

Deadly shooting breaks out at Dublin boxing weigh-in

Mike Shula vs. Wade Phillips: The best story of Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name every NFL regular season MVP

WATCH: Avery Bradley nails buzzer beater to beat Cavs

WATCH: Jimmy Butler taken to locker room in wheel chair

Klay Thompson's first five years in historical context

WATCH: Cubs' Kris Bryant went swimming with sharks

Sports Authority taking steps to file for bankruptcy

Major League Baseball threatens to disassociate from DraftKings

NFL considering moving Pro Bowl to Australia

Joe Montana warns NFL players about potential long-term damage after retirement

Report: Two people fired for leaking Jason Pierre-Paul information

‘Crying Jordan’ photographer had no idea it existed until this week

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in the NHL playoff hunt

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

QUIZ: Name the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1991

Manziel's father fears for QB's life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker