Orioles-Angels Preview

The Associated Press

Freddy Garcia is back in the majors with his sixth team in 15 seasons.

The 36-year-old right-hander makes his Baltimore debut Saturday when the Orioles continue their four-game road set against the Los Angeles Angels, likely without slugger Chris Davis.

Garcia went 7-6 with a 5.20 ERA over 30 appearances and 17 starts for the New York Yankees in 2012, then signed a minor league deal with San Diego in January. He was released by the Padres on March 24, but Baltimore signed him to the same deal five days later.

After going 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA in five starts at Triple-A Norfolk, and posting a 1.69 ERA in the last two, Garcia appears ready to return to a major league mound.

"This is not a guy that was a failed starter in the big leagues," manager Buck Showalter told the Orioles' official website. "I'll tell you another thing: Everybody early in the season carries better stuff than they do later on. So, he's pretty fresh right now."

Garcia probably couldn't pick a better team to face in his return than Los Angeles (11-18). His 17-3 record and 2.63 ERA in 29 starts - including one in the postseason - against the Angels are both career bests versus any opponent with at least 10 starts made.

"Hopefully I pitch the way I know I can pitch and I can help the team win games and throw innings," Garcia said.

Davis, meanwhile, likely won't be able to help Baltimore (17-13) bounce back from Friday's 4-0 loss after he injured his right knee running out a ground ball. Davis is 1 for 8 with four strikeouts through the first three games of May after he earned AL player of the month honors for April by hitting .348 with nine homers and 28 RBIs in 27 contests.

"My knee kind of buckled," said Davis, who will undergo an MRI on Saturday. "Felt a tingling in my foot, thought I could walk it off. Went down the stairs, tried to go down the stairs, couldn't go down the stairs.

"We'll see how it goes. Everything was intact. ... Hopefully, it will just be a couple days."

Though the Orioles are 5-4 on this 11-game trip, they were held to a season-low three hits off Jason Vargas after collecting 10 in Thursday's 5-1 series-opening victory. Third baseman Manny Machado's 11-game hitting streak ended when he went 0 for 4 on Friday.

Despite yielding 11 walks in two starts versus Baltimore, scheduled Angels starter Tommy Hanson (2-1, 3.91 ERA) is 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA against the Orioles.

The right-hander has allowed two runs in 12 innings while going 1-0 in his last two overall.

In his first start since April 19 after spending time on the bereavement list following the death of his stepbrother, Hanson gave up those two runs and struck out six in six innings but the bullpen could not hold the 6-2 lead he left with in Monday's 10-8, 19-inning loss at Oakland.

Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout each homered Friday for the Angels, who have won two of three following a four-game skid.

Four of Trumbo's six hits in the last 22 at-bats have been home runs.

"I guess at times I can be kind of streaky,'' said Trumbo, who is 0 for 7 with three strikeouts versus Garcia.

Trout is 6 for 15 (.400) with two homers and eight RBIs in four games, and 3 for 5 with a double against Garcia.

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