Orioles @ Tigers Game 2

Greetings from Comerica, where the Os are hoping to even the series against David Price and the Tigers….

*Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman will start Wednesday’s game in New York, as expected, as Baltimore keeps him on a five-man rotation schedule.

The decision, while widely speculated, also brings about another roster crunch for the O’s to recall him. Baltimore still has a wealth of outfielders and —assuming there are no injuries over the next few days— it could be a situation similar to Delmon Young, who was designated and then released.

“Very similar,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Right now on the surface it’d be a positional player [to go for Gausman] but some things can happen between now and then. But right now it’s the game tonight and where all that fits and whatever is kind of up to [EVP] Dan [Duquette]. I’m sure he’s got some things that he’s considering.”

Gausman was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to stay on a regular schedule during the All-Star Break and, assuming he keeps the team in most games, will remain up with the O’s. He will be followed by Ubaldo Jimenez, who will start Thursday’s series finale.

*With the outfield/first base crunch noted above, the Orioles had hoped that left field would have been a little more stable by mid-July.

“We thought a couple guys were getting ready to take off with it and we hit some rough patches,” Showalter said. “Wou are always trying to keep everyone in play mode, but I was hoping at this point we were a little more in ‘set mode’. But it hasn’t worked out that way.”

Meanwhile, outfielder Dariel Alvarez continues to be an intriguing option at Triple-A. Alvarez is batting .283 with a .306 on-base percentage. He does have 43 strikeouts against just seven walks, however.

Showalter said he’s not looking for help outside of the current roster right now.

“First we’re talking about having to make a move for a position player for Wednesday. It’s not like these guys haven’t been good in given periods, we just haven’t really had that consistency out of that [left field] spot we had hoped to have,” he said. “But Dariel’s having a good year, learning things every day, still has got some hiccups here and there, like we all do. But I’m glad he’s one of us.”

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Steve Pearce 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters DH
Chris Davis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Nolan Reimold LF
Caleb Joseph C

Chris TIllman RHP

TIGERS LINEUP
Ian Kinsler 2B
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez RF
Nick Castellanos 3B
Alex Avila 1B
James McCann C
Jose Iglesias SS
Anthony Gose CF

David Price LHP

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