Orioles/Angels lineups & pregame tidbits

It’s so damn hot out. Milk was a bad choice.

*On a more serious note, the Orioles will face an Angels team with the best record in baseball since June 13. Luke Scott has been activated in place of outfielder Matt Angle (who was optioned back to Triple-A) and will test his shoulder over the next 3-5 days to see if he can play. He’s not feeling much better, so this is his last attempt before deciding between rehab and surgery, the later he acknowledged for the first time Friday as being a possibility.

*Brian Roberts was sidelined in extended spring today with a migraine. No word on how that came about and if it’s related to his concussion. Roberts was moved to the 60-day DL a few days ago, but he’s been out since mid-May so that was more of a housekeeping issue to allot the O’s another 40-man spot. There is no timetable for Roberts’ return and he is still not fully participating in baseball activities.  He could return before the season is over, but right now you’d think the end of August would be the absolute earliest you could see him.

*Zach Britton will throw five innings on Monday in his third –and hopefully final — start for Double-A Bowie. He’s penciled in to start in next weekend’s New York series, with a doubleheader Saturday, although things could change.

*Michael Gonzalez wil not serve his suspension this weekend and will continue his decision to appeal a three-game punishment stemming from throwing behind David Ortiz in the Boston series before the All-Star break.

*Vladimir Guerrero has continued to get daily treatment on his hand and he said he wasn’t cleared to pick up a bat on Friday, but hopes to take some dry swings sometime this series.

*Cesar Izturis played five innings in the Gulf Coast League this morning, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout. He played second base and hit leadoff and the plan is for him to continue his rehab with Double-A Bowie Saturday and Sunday, with Tuesday being the earliest day he could be activated.

*I mentioned Brian Matusz in a Tweet earlier, as the 24-year-old lefty was clocked at a consistent 87, 88 mph with his fastball and topped out at 90 in the short start for Triple-A yesterday. Matusz had a clean first inning but struggled after that, allowing eight runs (seven earned) over 3 2/3 innings in what manager Buck Showalter called a small setback. It’s no secret that Matusz has struggled in the heat and with this current heat wave coming through,  that was likely a factor as well.  But as Showalter pointed out, the offense had to perform in the same weather. He did say that the reports from Tides’ pitching coach Mike Griffin were more positive than Matusz’s line indicates.

ORIOLES LINEUP

J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Derrek Lee 1B
Luke Scott DH
Mark Reynolds 3B
Felix Pie LF
Blake Davis 2B

Alfredo Simon RHP

ANGELS LINEUP

Maicer Izturis 2B
Torii Hunter RF
Bobby Abreu DH
Vernon Wells LF
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Erick Aybar ss
Mark Trumbo 1B
Mike Trout CF
Jeff Mathis C

Ervin Santana RHP

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