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Showalter confirms post-All-Star break starting rotation

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed his post-All-Star break starting rotation after the Orioles’ win over the Blue Jays. Before the game, he said he and pitching coach Rick Adair had an idea in mind for what pitchers would be on the hill following the All-Star Game, but he declined to confirm it.

Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, right-hander Miguel Gonzalez and right-hander Chris Tillman will be the Orioles’ starters for their three-game set against the Texas Rangers starting Friday.

The trio is a combined 22-9 with a 3.54 ERA in 44 starts this season. Chen has the lowest ERA of any Orioles starter with a 2.82 mark. In his return from the disabled list Wednesday against the Rangers, he allowed one run on three hits over seven innings in a 6-1 Orioles win.

Showalter said the final two spots in the five-man rotation weren’t set yet. Right-handers Jason Hammel and Scott Feldman are expected to fill it out.

“I like our five guys,” Showalter said. “They're going to compete and give us a chance.”

Prospects show in Futures Game

The Orioles had three prospects participate in Sunday’s Futures Game at Citi Field, headlined by Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Henry Urrutia. Team USA defeated the World Team, 4-2.

Urrutia, the Cuban defector who’s batting .365 in 67 games with the Tides and Double-A Bowie this season, went 0-for-3 with a walk. He grounded out in his first three at-bats, including a double play his third time up.

Double-A Bowie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez worked a 1-2-3 sixth inning in the game, recording one strikeout. He threw only eight pitches in the inning. He’s 6-5 with a 3.08 ERA between Frederick and Bowie this season.

]High-A Frederick first baseman Christian Walker went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and two runners left on base. He’s batting .311 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs between Low-A Delmarva and Frederick.

Around the horn

In his first start for Triple-A Norfolk since being optioned last week, left-hander Zach Britton allowed seven earned runs on five hits over four innings Sunday night. Britton also walked five and struck out two. Right-hander Kevin Gausman yielded one run in four relief innings, allowing five hits while striking out six and walking none. ... Closer Jim Johnson’s save was his major league-leading 33rd. He has 105 in his career, tied for second place on the team’s all-time list with Tippy Martinez. … J.J. Hardy’s first-inning RBI gave him 200 RBIs with the Orioles. He joins Cal Ripken Jr., Miguel Tejada and Mike Bordick as the only shortstops in Orioles history with 60 homers and 200 RBIs. … The Orioles’ 132 home runs are the second-most in franchise history before the All-Star break. … Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson’s seven earned runs were the most he has allowed in a game since June 23, 2007.

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