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MINNEAPOLIS – Right-hander Brad Brach is here in Minnesota and will be available if needed Friday night.

Brach arrived at Target Field around 3:40 p.m. local time.

He didn’t get the call that he was being promoted to the big leagues until about 2 a.m. in Norfolk, then had to go back to Harbor Park to pick up his equipment. He didn’t get to sleep until 4 a.m. and had a cab to the airport scheduled for 7:30 a.m.

But considering that some Orioles players and coached said they didn’t get to bed until 6 a.m. local time, Brach wasn’t going to complain about not getting enough sleep.

“It sounds like I got a little more sleep than everyone else here,” Brach said. “It was still a short night. It was great. I had two flights and I was able to sleep on both of them.”

Brach said he thought the Orioles would need a reliever following last night’s doubleheader.

“Anytime you have a doubleheader and you see four or five guy throwing in both games you think there’s probably a chance of someone going up,” Brach said. “You just never know until you get the phone call who it is. After it got past 1 o’clock, I thought, 'OK, maybe it’s someone else.' But then at 2 o’clock I got the phone call. It was good to see."

** Pitching prospect Kevin Gausmanhas been placed on the minor league disabled list with a case of focal pneumonia, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. It was initially believed that he had a left intercostal strain, but an MRI showed otherwise

Gausman received an MRI on Friday after complaining of pain in his rib cage area that woke him up early Thursday morning.

** Here are Friday’s starting lineups:

Orioles

Nick Markakis RF

Manny Machado 3B

Nelson Cruz LF

Adam Jones CF

Matt Wieters C

J.J. Hardy SS

Delmon Young DH

Steve Pearce 1B

Jonathan Schoop 2B

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

Twins

Brian Dozier 2B

Joe Mauer 1B

Trevor Plouffe 3B

Chris Colabello RF

Jason Kubel LF

Josmil Pinto DH

Kurt Suzuki C

Sam Fuld CF

Eduardo Escobar SS

Ricky Nolasco RHP

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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