Still struggling to find the form that resulted in 21 wins last year, Moyer will take the mound when the Seattle Mariners continue their rain-shortened three-game series at Camden Yards.
Moyer, who pitched for Baltimore from 1993-95, has lost two of his first three decisions after going a career-best 21-7 with a 3.27 ERA in 2003. The left-hander was pounded for five runs and seven hits over 4 1-3 innings in Thursday’s 8-2 loss to Oakland, marking the third time in four starts he yielded at least four runs.
“I really don’t feel I got into any sort of a tempo,” Moyer said. “For what reason, I don’t know.”
Moyer hasn’t had many problems against the Orioles in 22 career appearances, boasting a 14-2 record with a 3.18 ERA. Last year, Moyer split a pair of decisions against Baltimore, but yielded just two runs over 14 2-3 innings.
The Mariners ended their second five-game losing streak of the season with a 7-5 win Tuesday. Dan Wilson homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as Seattle had 13 hits en route to its first win in 12 games this season when yielding at least five runs.
Palmeiro’s homer was the 48th of his career against Seattle—his most against any opponent. No other player has hit more homers than Palmeiro against the Mariners.OF Marty Cordova (elbow), 15-day DL; LHP Omar Daal (shoulder), 60-day DL.