For the first time since 2005, the Orioles will be well-represented at the All-Star Game. Major League Baseball announced the Adam Jones, Matt Wieters and Jim Johnson have been selected by their peers to play for the American League in the Midseason Classic at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
Before Wednesday's game, the Orioles optioned utility man Steve Tolleson to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list (right middle finger).
With the Orioles' offense struggling to produce runs, Jason Hammel again took his team on his shoulders by delivering a masterful start against a Washington Nationals team that owns the second-best record in the NL.
The Orioles in 2012 will unveil statues of the six men who entered the Hall of Fame as Orioles. Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken Jr. will each be honored with his own monument at Camden Yards as part of the stadium's 20th-anniversary celebration.
Matt Wieters made his first All-Star Game appearance on Tuesday night, grounding out in his only at-bat and letting a pitch squeak by him for a passed ball. Hopefully it didn't take the luster off a well-deserved spot in the Midsummer Classic. He wasn't a slam-dunk choice for the game, but it's hard to argue against his selection after he was strong defensively and serviceable at the plate in the first half of the 2011 season.