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Week 8 Birds Up, O's Down (May 22 - 28)

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Brian Matusz was pretty good this week.  Could it be a return to form?  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Brian Matusz was pretty good this week. Could it be a return to form? (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles:

Rotation

Jake Arrieta Up and down season continues. Followed up a sparkling start against the Nationals with a not-so-great effort against Boston (4 ER, 3 BB in 5.2 innings).

Wei-Yin Chen Recovered well after getting tagged in Washington. Returned home to allow 2 runs on 6 hits over 6 innings against the Royals. Of course, the O's would end up losing that start.

Jason Hammel Got back on track by tossing 6 shutout innings against the Royals on Friday.

Tommy Hunter With Zach Britton getting closer to a return, Hunter appears to be pitching himself out of a rotation spot. Will the poor performances cost him his spot at the MLB altogether?

Brian Matusz Dominated Boston on Tuesday, before coming back to Earth (a bit) against the Royals. Line for the week is still outstanding: 12.1 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 4 BB, 14K.

Bullpen

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Luis Ayala Not much here....2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER.

Dana Eveland He's probably not this good, but can't complain about his week out of the bullpen. In 5 innings, Eveland allowed just 4 hits and did not walk a batter.

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Kevin Gregg Nothing to see here. Move along. Move along.

Jim Johnson Hardly pitched (boo), but still perfect on saves for the year.

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Darren O'Day 4 IP and 7 Ks, but allowed 2 ER, both in 1 run games (earned a blown save).

Troy Patton Two innings, no runs, 4 Ks.

Stu Pomeranz Disco Stu made a reappearance, gave up two runs, and immediately went to the DL with an oblique injury.

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Pedro Strop Tagged with a loss after allowing 3 hits and a run against KC on Saturday.
Lineup

Robert Andino Continuing to slump and posted just a .238 BA this week.

Xavier Avery Probably not ready to be the everyday LF. Hit just 3 for 24 on the week.

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Wilson Betemit Overall, his average dropped a point, but a home run has kept his OPS over .700

Chris Davis Had the best week from the Oriole linuep. Went 7-20 with a double, 2 HR, and 5 RBI.

Luis Exposito Went 0-3 before heading back to the minors to make room for Paulino.

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Ryan Flaherty Has seen a significant cut to his playing time. Saw action in just two games and went 0-3 at the plate.

Bill Hall DFA'd. Why did they even bother signing him in the first place? At least Endy Chavez is coming back to make it all better!

J.J. Hardy Like Davis, also went 7-20 for the week. Added a double and a home run. OPS is creeping up toward .800

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Nick Johnson Two for eleven this week, but both hits were homers.

Adam Jones Went 7 for 23 this week (along with two doubles and a triple). Currently riding a 19 game hitting streak.

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Nick Markakis Average week of 6 for 24, but did have 3 doubles.

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Ronny Paulino Has returned to the bigs, but did not play this week.

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Mark Reynolds Returned from the DL and went 2 for 3 with a double in a losing effort last night against Toronto.

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Steve Tolleson Two for eight with a home run in two starts.

Matt Wieters Still stuck in a major slump. This week, he was just 2 for 16.