Losing three of their first five games on a West Coast swing, the Orioles (10-8) fall from first place in the American League East.
Moreover, there’s trouble in the clubhouse as pitchers Dennis Martinez and Tim Stoddard blow off steam. After losing to the California Angels, Martinez (1-4) complains about having to throw too many breaking balls. The next game, Stoddard, a reliever, gripes that he’s not called on often enough.
“I told [manager Joe Altobelli], if he doesn’t want to use me, then I don’t want to play here anymore,” said the 6-foot-7 Stoddard, who has appeared in five games to date.
The good news? Veteran Scott McGregor pitches...