Orioles on deck: First-round pick DL Hall signs, plus what to watch, matchups and roster move

Orioles (39-39) vs. Rays (41-40)

Where: Camden Yards


First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 FM


Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (1-5, 8.39 ERA) vs. Rays RHP Jacob Faria (3-0, 2.10 ERA)

Orioles sign first-round pick DL Hall, plus roster move

The Orioles announced Friday that they've agreed to terms with left-hander DL Hall, their first-round draft pick this year.

Hall, 18, was selected out of Valdosta (Ga.) High with the 21st overall pick. He was the first high school pitcher taken in the first round by the Orioles since Hunter Harvey in 2013. The 6-foot-2 pitcher had a 1.36 ERA in his senior year.


Also before Friday's game, the Orioles called up right-handed reliever Miguel Castro and placed right-hander Stefan Crichton on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain. The DL move was made retroactive to June 27.

Castro, 22, has a 4.09 ERA in eight major league appearances with the Orioles this season and a 4.44 ERA in six games with Double-A Bowie.

Series matchup

Offense (MLB rank)

Runs per game: Orioles (4.47, 21st); Rays (4.80, 12th)

Average: Orioles (.255, 14th); Rays (.256, 13th)

Home runs: Orioles (100, 11th); Rays (121, t-third)

OPS: Orioles (.737, 20th); Rays (.775, seventh)

Pitching (MLB rank)

Team ERA: Orioles (5.01, 29th); Rays (4.18, 11th)

Starters' ERA: Orioles (5.59, 29th); Rays (4.04, sixth)

Bullpen ERA: Orioles (4.19, 15th); Rays (4.44, 20th)

Fielding (MLB rank)

Fielding percentage: Orioles (.984, 14th); Rays (.981, 27th)

Errors: Orioles (46, t-12th fewest); Rays (56, fourth most)

UZR/150: Orioles (-2.7, 23rd); Rays (0.5, 15th)

Defensive runs saved: Orioles (-7, 20th); Rays (28, third)

What to watch

1. Pitch perfect. Since Saturday, when the Orioles ended their streak of 20 straight games allowing at least five runs, they have given up that many runs just once. Things have begun to even out for the Orioles pitching staff, which has a 2.83 ERA over the past five games after Ubaldo Jimenez's gem Thursday. Tonight's starter, Chris Tillman, was the only pitcher to struggle during that stretch, as he allowed five runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings Sunday in an outing he still felt marked personal improvement. Perhaps he can take another step forward tonight.

2. Home sweet home. The Orioles won consecutive road series for the first time since mid-April, and now come back to Camden Yards on an upswing. The Orioles are 24-14 at home this season for the third-best record in the American League (and third best in the AL East). They play just three games at Camden Yards before heading back on the road for their final two series leading in to the All-Star break.

3. In emergency, Caleb. Catcher Welington Castillo is in tonight's lineup one day after spraining his left knee. But if he has to be pulled or misses even a small period, Caleb Joseph appears prepared to pick up the slack. The backup catcher has gone 4-for-6 with a home run and three runs scored in starting three of the past four games, raising his season average from .254 to .280.

Orioles lineup

RF Seth Smith
3B Manny Machado
2B Jonathan Schoop
CF Adam Jones
DH Mark Trumbo
1B Trey Mancini
C Welington Castillo
SS Ruben Tejada
LF Joey Rickard