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MIA@COL: Nicasio fans nine, holds Marlins to two hits

The Orioles will conclude their stretch against the National League West when the Rockies come to Camden Yards on Friday. They just completed an eight-game road trip where they went 4-4 but lost three straight games against the D-backs in the final at-bat, including Wednesday's 5-4 loss in 14 innings.

"I guarantee you there are some guys in there that would love to play [Thursday] to get this taste out of their mouths right away," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We had a 4-4 road trip; it could've been better, but we're looking forward to getting home in front of some friendly faces. We'll get after it."

With a return home, the Orioles will enjoy the services of designated hitter Henry Urrutia, whose playing time has been limited in NL ballparks. He is hitting .292 in his first 19 games.

"He's going to be a good one," Showalter said. "He keeps the bat in the zone a long time. Those guys that carve the ball down the line -- I'd rather see that than those guys that are in and out of the zone and roll over balls.

"He's been impressive; he cares. He's going to give himself a chance to be good."

Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen is 0-2 in his first two outings in August after winning all three decisions in July. The southpaw allowed three runs on five hits over six innings his last time out, a 3-2 loss in San Francisco.

The Rockies just wrapped up a homestand with a record of 5-1, but they were 1-9 on their last road trip, tying a record for the worst trip in franchise history.

"We need to go out on the road and play better, and if we do -- in all aspects of the game we play better -- then we'll win some games," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "But absolutely we need to compete and play well on this upcoming road trip."

Rockies starter Juan Nicasio allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Pirates in his most recent start. He had success with a backdoor slider, the pitch that often got him in trouble earlier in the year.

The Rockies will have some options at designated hitter. Weiss could use Michael Cuddyer, Wilin Rosario or Todd Helton, but he also left the option open to use outfielders Charlie Blackmon or Corey Dickerson.

Rockies: Betancourt could ease back into closing
When Rafael Betancourt returns, the Rockies are not necessarily going throw him right back into the closer role.

He has spent nearly a month on the 15-day disabled list because of an emergency appendectomy but is expected to be activated this weekend. However, left hander Rex Brothers has filled in well, converting his last seven save opportunities.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss is not sure if it means Betancourt will take a setup role.

"We'll see how [Betancourt's] rehab assignment goes and how he's feeling when he shows back up with his," Weiss said. "It's possible that I may ease him back into the closer role; I haven't made up my mind yet on that."

Orioles: Norris pitches in relief
The Orioles had to use Saturday's starter, Bud Norris, to throw the 14th inning of Wednesday' loss to the D-backs.

Norris allowed one hit and two walks and surrendered the winning run.

They had planned to use him in case of emergency and as a precaution asked him to skip his scheduled bullpen.

Worth noting
• Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario tweaked his right hamstring Tuesday and did not start Wednesday. He should be back in the lineup in Baltimore.

• Baltimore sent rehabbing designated hitter Wilson Betemit to Double-A Bowie on Wednesday.

• Orioles Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver would have turned 83 on Wednesday. He passed away earlier this year. Comments