Orioles @ Angels lineups and pregame notes

Greetings from Anaheim as the Orioles get ready to take on the Angels for the final game of the first half.

A reminder that the Futures’ Game is tonight, and you can follow along live on MLB.com. O’s top prospects Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy are on Team USA.

With the All-Star Game fast approaching, Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter –who has been on both sides as a television analyst and 1995’s American League manager of the Midseason Classic – said Sunday he will tune in to watch his players: catcher Matt Wieters, centerfielder Adam Jones and closer Jim Johnson.

“It will be with the sound off,” Showalter said. “I’m not a big [fan of] the Home Run derby thing, it’s for the fans. I’ll probably flip it on, but I won’t do the pregame, because I’ve been part of the pregame for ESPN. It’s a great event.

My gosh, it’s still the best All-Star Game in all sports. They do a great job for the fans. It’s a very fan friendly event. And it’s important. I hope it’s important for us.”

Showalter’s club has more than one All-Star for the first time since 2005 with Baltimore set to close the first half in second place in the AL East, marking just the second time since 1998 they’ve had a winning record prior to the break.

Wieters and Jones are both two-time selections, while Johnson –who entered Sunday with a Major League-leading 26 saves – will be headed to his first All-Star game.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10, with MLB.com featuring extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities. The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Here are your lineups…


Robert Andino 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Matt Wieters DH
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Davis RF
Steve Pearce LF
Steve Tolleson 3B
Ronny Paulino C

Wei-Yin Chen LHP


Mike Trout LF
Torii Hunter RF
Albert Pujols DH
Mark Trumbo 1B
Howard Kendrick 2B
Erick Aybar SS
Peter Bourjos CF
Maicer Izturis 3B
John Hester C

Brad Mills LHP


Britt, Is there any word on the O’s tracking any of the top international free agents? We have been pretty quiet on that front. Also, any updates on the Gausman negotiations?

Hi there, Nothing notable on the international front, and reports that Gausman won’t sign are premature at this point. Orioles still expecting to sign him, but it could come right up against the deadline. –Britt

Britt, thanks for the response. I do believe that Gausman will sign too, though he has more leverage than most draftees do since he is a draft eligible Sophomore, he has 2 more cracks at being drafted.

However, since the July signing period opened, 18 of the top 20 international free agents have already signed. 10 of those 18 signed with our rivals in the AL East. DD had pledged a renewed commitment to international scouting. Why haven’t we been more active in adding talent to the pipeline?

As always, Brittney, great job! I like Tolleson at second base. I like this line up. Betemit needs to start hitting like there’s no tomorrow. All someone has to do to lock up a position is to start hitting! Davis, betemit, Tolleson, Reynolds, Flaherty, just start hitting! Timonium Bob

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