Webb faces O's for first time since being traded

Right-hander appeared in 51 games for Baltimore in 2014

Webb faces O's for first time since being traded

BALTIMORE -- Indians reliever Ryan Webb was called upon to pitch in Baltimore for the first time since being traded by the Orioles earlier this season in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader.

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Webb allowed two runs on three hits over 1 1/3 innings in an 8-0 loss to the Orioles.

It was quite a ride for Webb to return to Baltimore, but he was happy to see some old faces and come back to a city that is still partially his home.

"It's a little still like home," Webb said. "My wife is still here and has the house that we rented last year. I was able to go home and be with her. Obviously seeing a lot of my old teammates and stuff, we are still all friends so it's nice to go to place where you made a lot of good relationships."

Webb rented his Baltimore home for two years when he signed a two-year deal with the Orioles last winter, and was able to finally get some use out of it during the weekend series.

After Webb appeared in 51 games last season out of the bullpen with the team, Baltimore traded him to the Dodgers on April 9, and he was released by Los Angeles on the 13th. He signed a free-agent contract with the Indians on April 14.

The reliever was surprised to be traded from Baltimore, and even more so when he was released by the Dodgers. It wasn't something he expected, but it's an experience that has stuck with him throughout the season.

"It was frustrating. You prepare mentally and physically to be prepared for the start of the season," Webb said. "Signing a two-year deal over there, you kind of anticipate being there. Having all that kind of happen kind of gets you going a little bit to start the year. Having that happen was an experience. I think I learned from it, made me better, gave me a little bit more drive for this year."

Webb did admit before Sunday's games that his adrenaline would be flowing if he got the chance to pitch on a familiar mound, in a familiar city against some familiar faces.

"Facing your old teammates, facing your old team, it's definitely there," Webb said.

Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.