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TEX@LAA: Martinez limits the Angels to two runs

The Orioles will try to keep things rolling against the Rangers at Camden Yards on Tuesday, turning to a reliever to be their starter.

After beating Texas, 7-1, in the opener of a four-game set on Monday, the Orioles will hand the ball to T.J. McFarland, who has allowed just one run in 15 2/3 innings in June out of the bullpen. He's started one game in his career -- last year against the Yankees -- and allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk in 2 2/3 innings.

The Orioles are in second place in the American League East at 43-39, a single game back of Toronto. The win on Monday, in which the Orioles hit four home runs, got Baltimore back on track after the club dropped three of four games to the last-place Rays over the weekend.

For Texas (37-45), rookie right-hander Nick Martinez will face the Orioles on Tuesday. He was 0-4 with a 7.94 ERA in five June starts, with the Rangers losing in all five of his outings.

He allowed eight runs in two innings in a 17-7 loss to the Indians on June 9 and four runs in 2 1/3 innings in his last start, a 6-0 loss to the Tigers on Thursday. In between, he had two strong starts, allowing two runs in six innings in a 5-1 loss to the Mariners and two runs in seven innings in a 3-2 loss to the Angels.

"I need to stop making the same mistakes," Martinez said. "I got caught nibbling against the Tigers. I've got to stay attacking hitters. Just throw it over the plate. I did recognize it but I couldn't get back on track. There have been a lot of ups and downs, especially being my first year. I've got to keep fighting."

"He is inexperienced and it shows, and it just happened to show against a team like the Tigers," manager Ron Washington said. "Things got out of control and he couldn't slow it down. He was in a tough situation. He just couldn't command anything. He couldn't get his curveball over, he didn't have his changeup and he couldn't command his fastball."

Orioles: Davis returns to hot corner with Machado out
Chris Davis only brings three gloves to the ballpark on game days. He has his first baseman's mitt that he will use during the game, a backup for that mitt, and a backup for the backup. At this point, there's usually no reason for him to need anything else.

When the lineup was posted on Monday, though, Davis was listed as the starter at third base. He knew it was a possibility with Manny Machado starting his five-game suspension on Monday, and now it was a reality.

This could be his reality for the next few days. Machado will be out of the Orioles' lineup until Saturday as he serves his suspension. Against the Rangers on Monday, Davis had four chances at third, recording three outs and making a throwing error in the fifth that led to Texas' lone run.

Davis' move to the position where he has played more than 70 games during his career allows Baltimore to insert outfielder Delmon Young into the lineup as a designated hitter and play Nelson Cruz in the outfield. The O's other option would have been to replace Machado with utility infielder Ryan Flaherty.

Rangers: Odor holds down second base
The Rangers had to send down rookie infielder Luis Sardinas on Monday because they couldn't find enough playing time for him in the big leagues. Rougned Odor just took over the second base job.

Odor and Sardinas were both called up on May 8 because the Rangers needed help at second base. Odor won the job and is playing there regularly. The Rangers want to find out if he can handle the job full-time.

"We'll still give him a day here or there," manager Ron Washington said. "The Major League season is harsh. We've got to make sure we take care of this kid but he will get the bulk of the playing time."

When Odor made his Major League debut, he was 20 years, 94 days old. That makes him the youngest player to appear in the Majors this season.

Worth noting:
• Since May 1, the Orioles are 31-27, homering at least once in all 31 wins. The Orioles have also lost their last 11 games in which they have been held without a home run, going back to April 26.

• Michael Choice batted ninth at designated hitter on Monday. It was the 30th time in club history that the Rangers DH was in the ninth spot. It happened earlier this season with Donnie Murphy against the Mariners on June 15. Comments