Orioles pregame: Avery to Norfolk, Thome batting fifth, All-Star selections looming

It has been a busy weekend already, but the Orioles made a couple more roster moves on Sunday morning, optioning outfielder Xavier Avery to Triple-A Norfolk to finish making room for the arrival of newly acquired DH Jim Thome and the recall of reliever Miguel Gonzalez. The O's already had optioned pitcher Tommy Hunter to Norfolk on Saturday night.

Thome arrived at about 11:30 on Sunday. He held court briefly with the media and went off to prepare for his Orioles debut. He was in the lineup, batting fifth behind Adam Jones, before the plane carrying him from Florida to Baltimore landed at BWI. In short, it's been a bit of a whirlwind since he was informed of the deal on Saturday.


"Yeah, it usually is when you move from team to team and I am excited to be here,'' Thome said. "These guys, they've had a great year and I think they've done some special things and hopefully we can continue to do that. And I'm excited, excited to be here."

The anticipation is building as Major League Baseball gets ready to announce the All-Star selections at about 1 p.m. The Orioles have a chance to send multiple players to the Midseason Classic for the first time since 2005. The selection show will be broadcast on TBS.


Manager Buck Showalter has been apprised of the selections, though the reveal has been embargoed until the specific names are mentioned on the TBS show. He joked that it was nice to know some "good" news before the media, so you can read into that whatever you want.

The lineups for today's game:

Cleveland Indians

Shin-Soo Choo  RF

Asdrubal Cabrera  DH

Jason Kipnis  2B

Jose Lopez  3B

Shelley Duncan  LF


Casey Kotchman  1B

Jason Donald  SS

Lou Marson   C

Aaron Cunningham  CF

Justin Masterson RHP



Brian Roberts  2B

J.J. Hardy   SS

Chris Davis  RF

Adam Jones CF

Jim Thome  DH

Wilson Betemit   1B


Ryan Flaherty  LF

Ronnie Paulino   C

Robert Andino   3B

Brian Matusz  LHP