"I feel like I've always been a good defender," Davis said. "Last year, I was kind of in a funk. Hadn't played first [regularly] in a couple of years and tried to play first like a third baseman. Those things happen, but I feel good. My job is to catch the ball and these guys make it easy."

Injury updates

Showalter said right-hander and top prospect Dylan Bundy's progression in his return from stiffness in his right forearm and elbow was "so far, so good." He started throwing again Monday.

Second baseman Alexi Casilla continued to improve from the right index finger injury he suffered Sunday at Tampa. He couldn't put pressure on the ball to throw Tuesday, but he tried again before Wednesday's game.

"Every day, it feels better," Casilla said.

Flaherty started at second base against right-handed Angels starter Jerome Williams.

Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) is scheduled to throw off a half-mound Thursday in Sarasota, Fla., and from a off a full mound Saturday. If all goes well, he could join the team to continue his rehabilitation.

Second baseman Brian Roberts (hamstring) took batting practice with the Orioles on Wednesday.

Infielder Wilson Betemit (right knee sprain) started taking ground balls Tuesday in Sarasota.

Around the horn

Angels catcher Hank Conger's third-inning solo home run Wednesday was the 69th homer to reach Eutaw Street, the 41st by an opposition and the second by an Angel (Lee Stevens in 1992). … Right-hander Jason Hammel fell short in attempting to win his 50th career game. … McLouth's caught stealing in the third inning snapped a streak of 19 successful stolen base attempts. It was the third-longest streak of any Oriole and the longest active streak in the majors. … Machado's first-inning double was his major league-leading 28th of the season. He also extended his hit streak to 10 games. … The series win against the Angels was the Orioles' major-league high 14th of the season. The Orioles have yet to sweep a series this season … Triple-A Norfolk first baseman Travis Ishikawa, who is batting .316 with seven homers in 49 games and was named the organization's hitter of the month, could opt out of his minor league contract on Saturday if he believes he can get a big league job. The 29-year-old has spent parts of five seasons in the majors and is blocked by Davis at first base. … Three Orioles fans — Melissa Garcia, Rob Jones and Jessie Lopez — are finalists to represent the team at the All-Star Game next month as part of the PEOPLE Magazine Tribute for Heroes program. For more on their stories, visit http://www.TributeForHeroes.com.



Baltimore Sun reporter Daniel Gallen contributed to this article.