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LAA@BAL: Machado ends fifth with nice defensive play

Several of Mike Trout's friends and family are expected to make the drive from Millville, N.J., to Camden Yards -- as they did for the opener -- when the Angels play the Orioles on Tuesday, but Trout is not the only young phenom the crowd will get to witness.

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is just 20 years old, leads the Majors in doubles and has settled in to the No. 2 spot in Baltimore's lineup while hitting .316.

"In the offseason, I was hoping -- because it would make our lineup work well -- that Manny could fit into that spot," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Because it's not a spot that puts too much pressure on him for power or whatever. And his game, from the little I saw him last year, I thought fit that spot. I held off as long as I could in the spring. He's handled it as well as you'd want to see a two-hole hitter, regardless of his age."

While Machado and the Orioles look to close the 3 1/2-game gap between them and the division-leading Red Sox, Trout and the Angels are 10 games under .500 and looking to dig themselves out of an early-season hole.

"We're not going to give up," Trout said. "We're going to take it one game at a time, we can't look ahead. When you start looking ahead, that's when you get in trouble. We just have to take it one game at a time, just keep chipping away."

As the Angels attempt to keep "chipping away," they will send left-hander Jason Vargas to the mound.

Vargas, the American League Pitcher of the Month in May, struggled in his last start, allowing five runs in five-plus innings of work. However, he has a 1.65 career ERA against the Orioles and threw a shutout against them earlier this season.

Angels: Burnett sees Dr. Andrews again
• Left-handed reliever Sean Burnett was not with the Angels for their series opener against the Orioles on Monday. Instead, Burnett was in Alabama paying another visit to Dr. James Andrews.

The visit was Burnett's second visit with Andrews in the last five weeks. Burnett is currently on the disabled list -- his second stint this season -- with a left elbow impingement, which is believed to be unrelated to his previous left forearm injury.

• When the Angels activated center fielder Peter Bourjos from the DL on Monday, Mike Trout was moved back to left field.

Trout is a natural center fielder and hit .342 in the 38 games he played center field this season. Those numbers prompted many to believe keeping Trout in center was the Angels' best option. However, manager Mike Scioscia believes the Angels have their best defensive lineup with Bourjos in center and Trout in left.

"I think it's the whole picture," Scioscia said. "I think you have to look at the whole outfield. Peter gives you a unique dimension in center field and allows you to be stronger on the wings, where they can do more things. We can do things as far as what our spray charts show. Mike does give you that same element in center, but in the big picture, I think it works out better with Peter in center right now and Mike and Josh [Hamilton] at his wings."

Orioles: Hunter succeeding in bullpen
• In his last 31 1/3 innings of work, Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter has given up just five earned runs while striking out 25.

Hunter, a former starter, credits pitching coach Billy Castro as well as his pitch selection for his success.

"Billy Castro has been helping me out a lot," Hunter said. "Sitting down here and going over pitch selection, I guess. So making a better pitch selection is making me into a better pitcher, I guess. I mean, that's the only thing I can really attribute it to."

• Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will look to build off one of his best performances of the season. In his last start, a 3-1 victory over the Astros on Thursday, Gonzalez allowed one run in six innings.

Gonzalez faced the Angels earlier this season on May 3 and allowed three runs in six innings. In his career, he is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA against the Angels.

Worth noting
• Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is off to a great start this season, hitting .333 with 20 home runs and 52 RBIs. However, he has not had much success in his career against Vargas, as he is just 2-for-12.

• In his brief career, Trout has had a lot of success hitting at Camden Yards. Trout is hitting .333 with two home runs -- including one in Monday's contest -- in Baltimore.

• There was a rain delay of two hours and 14 minutes in the middle of Monday's game, and the weather forecast for the remainder of the series isn't promising. There are expected thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday according to the Weather Channel. Comments