Orioles @ Angels lineups and pregame notes

Greetings from Anaheim, where the O’s will take on the Angels for the second of a three-game set.

*Miguel Gonzalez is starting tonight with Preston Guilmet optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to clear a roster spot. Guilmet, 26, has posted a 5.23 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 10 appearances for the Orioles this season. Gonzalez was optioned to Triple-A prior to the All-Star break to stay on track and to allow the O’s to add another person to the roster during that time. He is coming off back-to-back eight-inning outings.

*The MLBPA (Major League Baseball Players Association) announced this morning that Adam Jones has been named the Orioles 2014 Heart & Hustle Award winner. Per the release…

This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

“He represents all the best qualities of a teammate and competitor,” said Brooks Robinson, Orioles Hall of Fame third baseman and Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association president. “The way he plays the game sets an example for young players to follow.”

The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of Alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on their passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field. These players will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game. As the season draws to a close, fans, all Alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners. The previous overall winners are David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012) and Dustin Pedroia (2013).

The final winner will be announced on November 18,2014 at the 15th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. This event is the primary fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics. These clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year at 110 clinics, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball.

Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Manny Machado 3B
Caleb Joseph C
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

Kole Calhoun RF
Mike Trout CF
Albert Pujols 1B
Josh Hamilton DH
Erick Aybar SS
Howie Kendrick 2B
David Freese 3B
Efren Navarro LF
Hank Conger C

Hector Santiago LHP

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