Showalter doesn't want Gamboa to shy away from knuckler

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Orioles right-hander Eddie Gamboa allowed four earned runs over two innings in Tuesday's 15-2 loss to the Tigers, and manager Buck Showalter wasn't happy that Gamboa didn't make frequent use of his knuckleball.

"He needs to decide if he's going to be a knuckleball pitcher or not," Showalter said of Gamboa, who allowed three hits and one walk, including a three-run homer to Aaron Westlake. "So hopefully we can use what happened today. ... I think as you go up higher levels, he's going to see why you have to throw knuckleballs. He had a good one today."

Gamboa wouldn't be looked at as a reliever if the Orioles have a need this season, but Showalter said the team could look at him as a potential starter.

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