Bud Norris pitched three scoreless innings and struck out four as an Orioles split-squad beat a Red Sox split-squad 7-3 on Saturday.
Norris faced just three likely major leaguers (Jackie Bradley Jr., Will Middlebrooks and Mike Carp), but he looked good today. His rotation spot is probably safe if the Orioles miss out on Ervin Santana. If Santana is signed, though, he'd be the most obvious candidate to go to the pen.
Tommy Hunter gave up a homer to Will Middlebrooks in his inning against the Red Sox on Saturday.
We're still waiting for word on Ervin Santana. If he joins the Orioles, it'd make a lot of sense for the team to give Bud Norris a chance to close. As is, it's probably Hunter's job, but his tendency to give up homers makes him less than ideal.