Orioles @ Dodgers July 6, 2016: Norris vs. Gausman

12:10 p.m. PT
Los Angeles
CF  Jones  2B  Utley
LF  Kim  SS  Seager
3B  Machado  3B  Turner
1B  Davis  1B  Gonzalez
RF  Trumbo  CF Thompson
 2B Schoop  LF  Kendrick
 SS Flaherty  RF  Van Slyke
 C  Joseph  C  Ellis
Gausman (R)
Norris (R)

Bud Norris made a great first impression in his Dodger debut, striking out eight and allowing just two hits and a walk through six scoreless innings. This continued a string of good performances from Norris since he was moved from the bullpen back to the starting rotation. In those six starts (five with Atlanta, one with Los Angeles), he has an ERA of 1.78 (1.92 FIP) across 35 and one-third innings.

Today, he’ll face one of his former teams. Norris spent the latter part of 2013, all of 2014, and the first part of 2015 pitching for Baltimore. During his Orioles tenure, Norris posted a 4.65 ERA (4.48 FIP), working as both a starter and a reliever at different points. Norris also made two postseason starts for the O’s in 2014: an excellent one against the Tigers in the ALDS (6.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K), and a less excellent one against the Royals in the ALCS (4.1 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 0 BB, 3 K).

Kevin Gausman is on the mound for the Orioles. In his 14 starts this season, Gausman has a 3.97 ERA (4.31 FIP) across 81 and two-thirds innings of work. Baltimore is 5-9 in his starts. Gasuman has pretty good strikeout and walk numbers (8.38 K/9, 1.98 BB/9), but he also gives up a fair number of home runs (1.54 HR/9).

Dave Roberts had a few updates on Dodger injuries. I’m #credentialed today, so I can embed my own tweets here! How exciting.

I’ll be covering the game on Twitter from the press box (shameless plug!), as well as the recap and some additional postgame content, so keep an eye out for that.

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About Sarah Wexler

Sarah Wexler is a native Angeleno and longtime Dodger fan. She began blogging about baseball in 2012 on her Tumblr, New Grass On The Field, where she covered an array of topics but especially enjoyed exploring baseball history. She is now a reporter/producer for MLB.com. She earned her master's degree in Sports Management from Cal State Long Beach. She graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor's in History and a minor in American Studies. She's an avid Springsteen fan, which is a big boost to her baseball writer cred.