American League Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, July 21 (All times Eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (53-44) at LA Angels of Anaheim (59-38), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Bud Norris (7-6, 3.96) LA Angels - Matt Shoemaker (7-2, 4.38)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Orioles continue their 10-game road trip on Monday when they play the first of three games against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium.
Baltimore's trip got off to a disappointing start in Oakland, as it dropped two of three to the A's, including a 10-2 loss in Sunday's rubber match at the Coliseum.
Kevin Gausman (4-3) was roughed up for five runs on nine hits with six strikeouts, while Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy each had an RBI in the setback.
Still, the Orioles top the American League East by three games over the New York Yankees.
"We're all ready to get back into a routine for the rest of the season," Showalter said after Sunday's rout. "It's a matter of sticking around and seeing if we can get a chance to roll the dice in September and October."
Getting the call for the O's in Monday's opener will be righty Bud Norris, who had a four-start winning streak stopped his last time out. Norris lost to Washington on July 9 and was battered to the tune of five runs and six hits in four innings, dropping him to 7-6 to go along with a 3.96 ERA.
Norris was 3-0 versus the Angels last season and allowed just one run in 28 innings of those four starts. .
Los Angeles, meanwhile, will counter with righty Matt Shoemaker, who has been shuffled between the rotation and bullpen all season. Shoemaker, though, has made nine starts for the Halos and is 6-1 with a 4.15 ERA in those outings.
Overall he is 7-2 with a 4.38 ERA.
"I'm here to do whatever I need to do," said Shoemaker, who will be making his first start since July 3, "whatever gets us to the World Series and helps us win the World Series."
With wins in seven of their last eight games the Angels have crept to within 1 1/2 games of Oakland in the AL West. Los Angeles stayed hot over the weekend by taking two of three from the Seattle Mariners.
On Sunday, Grant Green's RBI single in the ninth inning lifted the Angels to a 6-5 win.
After Fernando Rodney (1-4) walked Mike Trout to start the bottom of the ninth, Albert Pujols doubled down the line in right, scoring Trout and tying the game at 5-5.
Josh Hamilton then singled to left and Howie Kendrick was intentionally walked to load the bases. David Freese grounded into a double play, and Efren Navarro was intentionally walked to load the bases again. Green then stepped to the plate and sent a grounder into center to score Hamilton and end the game.
"All the pressure was on (Rodney)," said Green. "My job is to put the ball in play."
The Orioles won five of seven versus the Angels last season.
07/21 10:48:56 ET