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
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
"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
The Orioles won five of seven versus the Angels last season.
07/21 10:48:56 ET