Carroll County Times

Orioles notebook: Hoes back with O's, wants to help this time

BALTIMORE - LJ Hoes wants to be more of a presence this time around, and the Baltimore Orioles' recent call-up said he's ready to contribute right away.
Maybe that's why Hoes, who earned the promotion Sunday, was in the starting lineup for the Orioles' series finale against Boston.
The 23-year-old played left field and in doing so nearly matched his playing time from a year ago, when Hoes was called up in mid-September and spent all but two games on the bench.
Hoes went 0 for 3 with a strikeout Sunday in his first big-league start.
"I'm just glad to have the opportunity to be back here with this team," Hoes said before the game. "Things are starting to get tight, starting to get late in the season. So I'm just happy to be up here and help any way I can."
Hoes was having a successful year with Class-AAA Norfolk. In 99 games he batted .304 with 25 doubles, three home runs, and 40 RBIs.
More impressive were Hoes' 58 walks compared to seven strikeouts.
"My main thing is to just try to go out there and get a good pitch to hit, and put a good swing on it," Hoes said.
To make room for Hoes, the Orioles designated right-handed relief pitcher Jairo Asencio for assignment before Sunday's game.
Hoes said he was excited to be back with the Orioles, who placed him in the No. 8 spot in Sunday's lineup against Red Sox lefty Jon Lester. Hoes made the start a little short on sleep, too.
The Washington native and lifelong Orioles fan said he was set to be in Baltimore Saturday night, but travel complications made that impossible - Hoes' flight from Rochester to Detroit was beset with bad weather and a lack of gas, which forced the plane to land in Cleveland to refuel before heading back to the Motor City.
Hoes said he missed his connecting flight because of the delay and stayed the night in Detroit, then flew to Baltimore early Sunday morning.
"I just have to go out there and do whatever I can do to help the team," Hoes said. "Whatever they ask me to do, whether it's pinch-run, go in and play defense for a little bit, or go hit. I'm just happy to be up here and anxious to get started."
Hoes is one of the organization's top 10 prospects (rated sixth by Baseball America) and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the decision to call him up was somewhat easy.
"He was our best option, a right-handed hitting outfielder," Showalter said. "He's been very consistent. He's one of those guys that grows on you."
MAN VS. TEAM: Orioles slugger Chris Davis is mired in a second-half slump, but his offensive numbers are still staggering in certain categories.
Like this one - Davis' 37 home runs and 97 RBIs would have led 26 teams in club history, and tied for the lead in one other.
Or this one - Davis has 20 home runs in 50 home games; Miami has 22 homers as a team through 50 home games.
Only four Orioles have hit 40 or more home runs in a season: Brady Anderson (50 in 1996), Frank Robinson (49 in 1966), Jim Gentile (46 in 1961), and Rafael Palmeiro (43 in 1998).
UP NEXT: The Orioles host Houston for a three-game series beginning Tuesday. Baltimore is set to start Wei-Yin Chen (5-3), Miguel Gonzalez (8-4), and Chris Tillman (13-3) against Bud Norris (6-9), Erik Bedard (3-8), and Jordan Lyles (4-4).