The Baltimore Orioles better hope Brian Matusz is on his game when he takes the mound at Camden Yards tonight against the Texas Rangers.
That's because the Orioles won a 17-inning affair over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sunday when former Rangers skipper Buck Showalter decided he didn't want to use a starter after running out of seven relief pitchers. So why not turn to your ... designated hitter?
Davis, who has actually been halfway decent at the plate this season for the Orioles, harkened back to his final days with the Rangers on Sunday, going 0-for-8 at the dish with five strikeouts and certainly did not help his team's cause with his bat.
But he did pick up a win, becoming the first American League position player to pick up a win since 1968, as he threw two scoreless innings and striking out two batters while sporting a 90 mph fastball and a pretty wicked split-finger. He last pitched six years ago at Navarro Junior College in Corsicana.
The Red Sox also had to use a position player, outfielder Darnell McDonald, who got the loss. It was the first time since 1925 that two teams each had to use a position player to pitch, with the last duo being Ty Cobb and George Sisler, two Hall of Famers.
The Orioles are loaded with former Ranger arms: Tommy Hunter, Darren O'Day, Pedro Strop, and Chris Davis?