Orioles vs Angels Game 2 Lineups and Pregame Notes

*Steve Tolleson was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday to make room on the 25-man roster for reliever Matt Lindstrom, who was reinstated off the 15-day disabled list as expected. The move gives the Orioles 13 pitchers and 12 position players on the active roster, a move manager Buck Showalter said was made partially because the team will not have another off-day until the All-Star Game. Lindstrom had been on the disabled list since May 11 with a partially torn ligament in his right middle finger, and Showalter said ideally the team would like to ease him back into action with a low-pressure situation if the upcoming games allow it. Showalter added that sending Tolleson down was due to the desire to get him consistent at-bats with Norfolk. He also cited the O’s numerous upcoming matchups against right-handed pitchers, who Tolleson is 2-for-16 against this season.

*Tommy Hunter threw 31 pitches on Tuesday, but Showalter said Hunter is still a consideration for Saturday’s start. Dana Eveland, who battled a few travel issues but rejoined the team on Wednesday after flying out to California on Saturday night for the birth of his second child, is also an option.

*Showalter again threw his support behind Jason Hammel for All-Star consideration, saying he talked to Texas manager Ron Washington, who will be in charge of the American League team, about how the Orioles’ rotation shapes up prior to the break. If the current rotation holds, Showalter said Wei-Yin Chen would be in line to pitch the final day before the break.

*The O’s agreed to terms with 29th round pick RHP Jake Pintar., bringing the team total to 24 of 40 picks.

*Wilson Betemit’s eighth-inning homer in Tuesday’s game marked his 10th of the season, giving the Orioles five players with 10 or more home runs, joining only the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees in that category. Chris Davis, Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters are the other four players.

*Triple-A Norfolk’s right-handed pitchers Jason Berken and Miguel Socolovich have been named to the 2012 International League All-Star Team. Berken is 1-1 with a 2.32 ERA in 14 outings, while Socolovich is 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 21 relief appearances. The Triple-A All-Star Game will take place in Buffalo, N.Y. on July 11.


Brian Roberts 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Nick Johnson DH
Steve Pearce LF

Jason Hammel RHP


Mike Trout CF
Torii Hunter RF
Albert Pujols 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Mark Trumbo LF
Albert Callaspo 3B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Erick Aybar SS
Bobby Wilson C

Jered Weaver RHP

1 Comment

Britt, as you may know, the O’s are tied right now with the Giants for having the FEWEST picks signed in the first 10 rounds of any team. Is this cause for concern? It seems as though all of the top picks around Gausman have signed (he is the only pick in the top 7 unsigned).

Also, will the O’s be players in the bidding for Yasel Puig, the 21 yo OF prospect from Cuba? Impact OF talent is definitely a weakspot of our minor league system.

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