OAKLAND -- Zach Britton had a little time to get to Oakland from Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday. He was told he was heading back to Baltimore following Norfolk's loss, a game in which Steve Johnson made his first rehab start.
The left-handed pitcher got into the Bay Area around midnight and had plenty of time to get ready for Thursday's game against the Athletics.
"It's great to be able to come in and get reunited with these guys," Britton said. "My last two outings have been pretty good. I got a lot of ground balls, which was something I was struggling with in Spring Training."
Britton is a starter, but will be used out of the bullpen for the time being. He joins one of the top bullpens in the Major Leagues. Brian Matusz, T.J. McFarland, Tommy Hunter, Jim Johnson, Troy Patton and Darren O'Day have a combined ERA of 1.49 (10 earned runs in 60 1/3 innings).
"It all comes down to relationships," Britton said. "We're all there for each other because we have the same goal in mind. We support each other."
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Britton would be considered as a starter for Monday, the next time Baltimore needs a fifth starter.
Jones still looking for elusive homer in Oakland
OAKLAND -- Orioles outfielder Adam Jones has enjoyed a good season to date, hitting third or fourth in a potent lineup.
Jones has been successful in both the No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the order, where a team gets much of its power.
He's hit a home run in every American League park in which he's played, with one glaring exception: Oakland.
"I have no pop," Jones insisted.
While that's not entirely true, Jones does point to the large foul territory in Oakland and the nighttime weather on the West Coast.
"When you're trying to foul off the tough pitches, sometimes those balls hang up here," Jones said. "This park plays big. Each park is unique. The cold air on the West Coast kills the ball at night. Here, you have to hit the ball hard to get it out. When you hit one here, you deserve it."
Jones has a career .276 batting average in Oakland, so it's not like he struggles seeing the ball.
"Home runs just happen," he said. "I'd be lying if I said I never swing for a home run, but I do try to just hit the ball hard. My time is coming."
Johnson looks strong in Triple-A rehab outing
OAKLAND -- Steve Johnson (right lat strain) pitched five innings for Triple- A Norfolk in his first rehab start, allowing four runs on six hits with a walk. He struck out four.
The Orioles aren't interested in the results as much as how he came out of the appearance.
"He's good," manager Buck Showalter said. "He'll make his next start. So far he feels good physically."
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.