ANAHEIM -- Joe Mahoney made his Major League debut Saturday night, batting eighth and starting at first base for the Orioles against the Angels."Hopefully he can follow with the kind of first Major League start that our pitcher had last night," manager Buck Showalter said, referring Miguel Gonzalez's seven-inning gem in which he allowed one run. "Joe has been a little streaky down there, and we caught him when he was swinging it pretty good. I wanted to give him a quick opportunity. "I think he understands that he'll probably head back after the [All-Star] break, but let him get a taste of it before he goes back. With the way we've had some guys banged up, I hope he presents himself well tonight." Mahoney -- who was recalled on Thursday -- had his parents, wife, sister and in-laws in the stands on Saturday night and Showalter said it was by design that he didn't tell the 25-year-old of his plans in advance. He flied out to right field in his first at-bat in the second inning against Angels ace Jered Weaver. In 84 games with Triple-A Norfolk, Mahoney has batted .257/.312/.355 with 14 doubles, five home runs and 38 RBIs. He was originally selected by the Orioles in the sixth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Richmond.
Gonzalez reflects on inspired first start
ANAHEIM -- Miguel Gonzalez admitted Saturday afternoon that the previous night's events hadn't quite sunk in, and that was perfectly fine for the right-hander, who got the win in his first Major League start following seven inning of one-run baseball."Yesterday was a big day," said Gonzalez, who had around 200 family members and friends in attendance at Angel Stadium and got about 50 text messages and 50 phone calls on top of that. Gonzalez said he watched parts of the replay on television, and admitted it felt like vindication after a long road to the show that included knee surgery, Tommy John surgery and being released by the Red Sox this winter. Asked whether he would continue to use the same glove from his starting debut, which was gifted to him by late Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, Gonzalez didn't rule it out, but said he would like to save the glove for special occasions. "I'd like to have with me, just to take care of it," he said of the glove, which Adenhart gave him in 2007. "Obviously if I keep using it, it might break and I won't be able to maybe frame it one day. But definitely, I'll be taking it on the road, and it will be with me every time, like it's been ever since he gave it to me." Gonzalez, who was called on to make the start after being in the Orioles' bullpen, is slated to pitch the team's fourth game after the second half. Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen and Chris Tillman will pitch the first series.
Markakis homers twice in rehab debut
ANAHEIM -- Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis played his first rehab game for Double-A Bowie with no signs of rust, going 2-for-3 with two homers and four RBIs. Markakis hit second, with catcher Taylor Teagarden serving at designated hitter and batting third.The Orioles are hoping the pair will be eligible immediately after the All-Star break, with plans for both Markakis and Teagarden to play with Bowie through their first half, which ends on Monday. "If they need more at-bats, we can get it done in Delmarva or Aberdeen," manager Buck Showalter said. "I'm hoping everything goes well with Nicky and he can join us for the workout on Thursday." Markakis (right wrist surgery) has been on the disabled list since June 1 (retroactive to May 30) and his return would be a boost for a lineup that has struggled to score runs. In 50 games, Markakis hit .256 with eight homes and 26 RBIs, scoring 25 runs and posting a .333 on-base percentage. Teagarden has been on the DL with a back injury since this spring and was expected to be the team's backup catcher to Matt Wieters before getting hurt. Endy Chavez (left hamstring strain) has also progressed enough at the team's spring facility in Sarasota, Fla., that he will go out on rehab assignment for the Gulf Coast League, playing Monday and Tuesday.
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