Adams starts, gets RBI single in first at-bat

Let's not get carried away and say the Ryan Adams Era has begun in Baltimore.

But the 24-year-old second baseman is back with the Orioles, and it looks like he'll get a little more playing time this time around.


"He is going to get an opportunity. Obviously, we are playing him [Monday]," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Andy [MacPhail] and I have talked about some other adjustments we might make, but right now, that's initially one. We'll see if he has grown some. We've got good reports on him down there. He has swung the bat well, and I am going to run him out there and see how he does."

Adams wasn't expecting a call-up until rosters expand in September.

"I was a little surprised because we are so close to September, but I am excited to be here and I am going to keep working hard," said Adams, who hit .217 in nine games with the Orioles earlier this season.

In his first at-bat Monday, he singled up the middle against Minnesota's Carl Pavano to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead.

Adams was demoted June 18 because the Orioles wanted him to play every day and Andino had seized the open second base job when incumbent Brian Roberts was injured. Now, with Josh Bell in the minors, regular third baseman Mark Reynolds at first base and first baseman Chris Davis on the disabled list, Andino will get more time at third while the Orioles see whether Adams can handle an extended look at second base.

Adams has hit in his minor league career -- he has batted .283 with 10 homers in 93 games at Triple-A this year -- but the question is whether he can field adequately. He made two errors in his limited action with the Orioles and 10 for the Tides.

Adams said he has put in the work to get better defensively, and he believes it will show as his career progresses.

"It's just time.[I'm] doing the same routines every day and just trying to be consistent. And that's how you get better," Adams said. "Do the same things every day and the results are going to come on the field."