Pedro Strop was slapped with a loss Monday against the Yankees after allowing two runs over two-thirds of an inning.
Called upon to begin the 10th inning, Strop gave up consecutive doubles to Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells before recording a pair of outs. He was asked to intentionally walk Robinson Cano before the O's tabbed Brian Matusz, who allowed an inherited runner to score. Strop's stuff is absolutely lethal, but his post-WBC efforts haven't impressed. The 27-year-old holds a 5.19 ERA and 1.44 WHIP over 21 appearances. He's got closer's stuff, but is nowhere close to being trusted in the ninth inning.
Freddy Garcia yielded two runs and three hits in six innings Monday in a no-decision against the Yankees.
Garcia was in line for the win until Troy Patton and Jim Johnson gave up runs. Both runs Garcia allowed came on solo homers. He's now allowed six homers in four starts for the Orioles, which is why he's such a bad risk in AL-only leagues.
Jim Johnson took his third straight blown save after giving up a solo homer to Travis Hafner in the ninth inning Monday.
That as many blown saves as Johnson suffered in 54 opportunities last year. He was also 14-for-14 this season before suddenly giving up eight runs and two homers in three appearances. Fortunately, he still has plenty of goodwill built up over the last year and a quarter; his closing gig should be safe.
Chris Davis went 2-for-4 with a homer and a walk Monday against the Yankees.
Davis lost his share of the AL home run lead when Robinson Cano went deep in the first, only to move back into a tie by hitting his 13th homer an inning later. He has four homers in 10 games after slumping some in late April and early May.
Orioles signed C Ronny Paulino to a minor league contract.
Paulino was released by the Mariners just before the start of the season and has finally landed another gig. He played 20 games for the Orioles last season and spent the rest of the season at Triple-A Norfolk. The 32-year-old will report to extended spring training first before presumably being assigned to Norfolk.
Scott Proctor has decided to retire from baseball.
Proctor was a pretty decent middle reliever for a couple years, but overuse led to injuries and ineffectiveness the last few seasons. He last pitched in the majors in 2011, posting a 7.14 ERA over 39 games. He retires with a 4.78 ERA and 1.47 WHIP over parts of seven seasons.