Monday was a bit unique for Uehara because one of his high school teammates, Texas setup man Yoshinori Tateyama, was on the other side of the diamond. That's not unheard of in big league baseball — unless, of course, they grew up in Japan.
Uehara said Tateyama, a 35-year-old rookie in the majors after pitching 11 seasons in Japan, was the pitching star in high school. Uehara was primarily an outfielder.
Atkins likely starting Tuesday
Right-hander Mitch Atkins, who missed all of spring with a left oblique strain, appears to be the Orioles starter for Tuesday's game against the Rangers.
He was summoned from Triple-A Norfolk and was at the park Monday but was not activated. However, when Alfredo Simon was needed to pitch in long relief in the third inning Monday, it took him out of the running for Tuesday's assignment.
So that means Atkins almost certainly will get the call for his first big league start. The 25-year-old righty appeared in seven games in relief for the Chicago Cubs in the past two seasons, compiling a 5.25 ERA. He started 14 games in the Orioles' organization this year, going 3-6 with a 3.18 ERA at Frederick, Bowie and Norfolk.
He is not on the 40-man roster, but the Orioles have an open spot. They will, however, have to make a corresponding move on the 25-man roster when they purchase Atkins' contract.
Around the horn
Temperature at first pitch was 100 degrees. … The Orioles and Rangers each wore hats with red, white and blue logos to honor Fourth of July. … Britton, who was 5-for-8 during interleague play, including a hit in each of his three starts, has totaled more hits in a season than any other American League pitcher during the designated hitter era, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
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