Indians @ Orioles, Thome here and Selection Sunday

*The Orioles optioned Xavier Avery to make room on the 25-man roster for pitcher Miguel Gonzalez and Jim Thome, who was traded for yesterday. Thome is in the lineup batting fifth today and I’ll have more up from him shortly. Right-hander Tommy Hunter was also optioned to Triple-A Norfolk following yesterday’s game.

*Asked if 19-year-old top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy is a possibility to be in Baltimore at some point this year if the team is still in contention down the stretch, manager Buck Showalter didn’t rule the scenario out, although he made sure to add that it’s a long shot right now.

“There are, if you do the mathematics of where we’re taking his innings compared to last year, it leaves that buffer if we so choose and if he is still worthy,” Showalter said of Bundy, who is one of the top prospects in all of baseball. “We can go a lot of different directions with that. So the possibility is in place, but it’s something that I think we’re a long way from.

One, we’ve got to do that first part you talked about and he’s going to have to do his part. But we’re real happy with where he is in his player development. Coming into the year, and I think he’s at a level now, as I’m sure you’ve been watching, that he’s getting challenged to throw secondary pitches to shorten up his time to the plate, to do some things with baserunners that he hasn’t had to do, and ride a little bit longer bus rides. So far so good. I think everybody, if we’d taken this, where he was in his development at this stage before the year started, we’d have been real happy with it. But I talked to Bryan and those guys a lot, and they’re real happy with where he is and real happy with [Manny] Machado and [Jonathan] Schoop and Xavier [Avery] and L.J. Hoes. Those guys are really starting to point up.”


Brian Roberts 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis RF
Adam Jones CF
Jim Thome DH
Wilson Betemit 1B
Ryan Flaherty LF
Ronny Paulino C
Robert Andino 3B

LHP Brian Matusz

Shin-Soo Choo RF
Asdrubal Cabrera DH
Jason Kipnis 2B
Jose Lopez 3B
Shelley Duncan LF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Jason Donald SS
Lou Marson C
Aaron Cunningham CF

RHP Justin Masterson

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