The Orioles continue their National League West road trip against the D-backs on Monday, and despite being from the American League East, Baltimore has some pitchers with experience hitting.
The team traded for Scott Feldman, Monday's starter, in a July 2 trade with the Chicago Cubs. The Orioles also picked up Sunday's starter, Bud Norris, from the Astros at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Those two are tasked with helping to stabilize the rotation.
But their experience with the bats is a nice comfort factor for manager Buck Showalter.
"You guys see it, they understand it," Showalter said. "You can see the repetitions they've had offensively. They are a little, I wouldn't say polished, but at least they get a little bit how it works."
The Orioles are 4-1 on the current road trip, with three games remaining against Arizona before returning home. Showalter, not always complimentary of Interleague Play, said this western swing has been good for his team thus far.
"We've actually pitched pretty well [in NL parks], knock on wood, with it. I think it's good in a way," Showalter said. "The one good thing about Interleague Play: the novelty of new ballparks, teams they haven't seen, pitchers hitting. Got a whole different attention span for the bench players, I can tell you that."
The D-backs will send Wade Miley to the bump to oppose the Orioles. The lefty struggled in May and June, but he's since pitched like one of the best hurlers in baseball. In his previous seven outings, Miley is 5-1 with a 1.54 ERA.
"He has really simplified things," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He got in a spot earlier where he was overthinking and he couldn't control the ball. Now he's just throwing the ball where he wants to more."
Miley said the simplified approach has helped in over the past month or so.
"Earlier I was getting upset with myself over one or two minor mistakes and it caused things to escalate," Miley said. "There would be times when I got to 3-0 in a count and rather than stepping off and getting back in my rhythm, I'd just throw it. Now I'm doing a better job of staying under control and recognizing when I need to regroup."
The three-game set against the Orioles will conclude an eight-game homestand for the D-backs, which includes six Interleague games. Arizona swept the Rays in a two-game series before losing two of three against the Mets.
Orioles: Hardy getting homer happy
J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning Sunday, continuing a season in which he's quietly led the Majors in that category among shortstops. The seventh-inning blast was his 21st of the season.
Hardy also homered Friday, which made him the first Orioles shortstop to have three consecutive 20-homer seasons since Miguel Tejada. The only other shortstop to pull off that feat since the franchise moved to Baltimore in 1954 is Cal Ripken Jr.
D-backs: Chavez, Ross go down
The D-backs suddenly find themselves in the grips of the injury bug. On the same day Eric Chavez was put on the 15-day disabled list, Cody Ross dislocated his hip running out a ground ball.
Chavez was put on the shelf with knee and hip problems and had been one of the club's hottest hitters. Ross, also one of the hotter hitters over the past month for the D-backs, left Sunday's game in the first inning. He stumbled just before reaching first base on a slow roller to third and was carted off the field, giving a thumbs-up signal to the crowd on the way out.
Ross had hit .405 with three homers and 10 RBIs since July 26.
• Third baseman Matt Davidson, the D-backs' first-round Draft selection in 2009 (No. 35 overall), made his Major League debut Sunday.
• The Orioles did not commit an error Sunday, the 89th time they've pulled off that feat, which is tops in the league. The Yankees and Rays each had 79 such games entering Sunday's action.
Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.