The club’s starting rotation was in flux because Hammel was still recovering from a stomach virus and Gonzalez left the team for the birth of his first child. Gonzalez went on the paternity leave list and is scheduled to rejoin the club Thursday night.
Starting Gonzalez on Saturday gives him an extra day of rest, something the club tries to do with him when it can.
Showalter said he hasn’t decided whether to pitch left-hander Zach Britton or right-hander Freddy Garcia in Sunday’s series finale. Garcia pitched a scoreless inning in relief Wednesday, throwing 13 pitches. Britton could start Sunday on regular rest after holding the Detroit Tigers to one run over 5 1/3 innings Tuesday.
“[We will] see how Freddy feels tomorrow and see what we want to do with Zach,” Showalter said.
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Nate McLouth’s seventh-inning steal of third Wednesday was his 24th stolen base of the season, a new career high. … The Orioles are 8-3 in series finales, including a 5-2 mark on the road. … With two hits Wednesday, Manny Machado now has 31 multi-hit games, most in the majors. He leads the American League with 103 hits and 33 doubles. ... The Orioles are 16-13 in day games, including a 12-4 mark on the road. ... The Tigers entered this week’s series with a .688 winning percentage (22-10) at Comerica Park, which was the best in the major leagues.