Series: Game 2 of 3

Baltimore leads 2-0 (as of 9/17)

Game 1: Friday, September 16
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Game 2: Saturday, September 17
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Game 3: Sunday, September 18
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Angels 2

(82-69, 38-38 away)

Orioles 6

(62-88, 37-40 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 17, 2011

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    W: Z. Britton (10-10)

    L: E. Santana (11-12)

    Angels-Orioles Preview


    The Los Angeles Angels were hoping to continue capitalizing on matchups with the last-place Baltimore Orioles.

    After losing the series opener, giving the ball to Ervin Santana on the road may be just what they need to begin doing that again.

    Santana goes for the longest road winning streak of his career while trying to help the Angels re-establish their success against the Orioles on Saturday night.

    Los Angeles (82-68) is second in the AL West, chasing Texas with nine games left before hosting the Rangers for a season-ending three-game series.

    Visiting the Orioles (61-88) for a three-game set would seem to lend to the efforts for a playoff push, but Los Angeles lost 8-3 on Friday after taking five of the first six in the season series.

    "We lost. It's very concerning," said Torii Hunter, who was 2 for 3. "We didn't play like a team that is in the pennant race."

    Manager Mike Scioscia pulled all of his position players except third baseman Alberto Callaspo in the seventh inning when the score was 8-0.

    "No message," Scioscia said. "At this part of the season, in a game like that, we needed to get some young legs out there and let these guys regroup."

    Santana (11-11, 3.30 ERA) will try to get Los Angeles, 8-4 in its last 12, on track as he looks for a sixth straight road win after consecutive home defeats.

    The right-hander has a 2.06 ERA over his last five road starts, including a no-hitter against Cleveland on July 27. That stretch started with a dazzling effort at Baltimore five days prior, as he yielded one run and three hits in 7 2/3 innings of a 6-1 victory.

    Santana wasn't that sharp at home Sunday, giving up six runs and eight hits -- two homers -- while walking four in six innings of a 6-5 loss to New York.

    The Orioles may be relishing the role of spoiler, as they've won six of nine with five of the victories coming against teams in the playoff race.

    Zach Britton (9-10, 4.43) takes the mound against the Angels for the first time, and the rookie left-hander has struggled in each of his last two outings. He's allowed eight runs and 10 hits with six walks in 10 innings while going 0-1 after winning his three previous starts behind a 1.50 ERA.

    "(These last two starts have been) real frustrating because I feel like I have kind of got over that hump and it is just now about throwing strikes and not putting myself in tough situations by walking people," Britton told the Orioles' official website.

    "So if you eliminate those, I am fine, it's just when I am not there I've got to be able to make pitches, get ahead of guys and not walk batters and I think I'll be fine."

    The status of Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones is unclear after he was a late scratch Friday due to a sore thumb that has forced him out of the starting lineup for the last six games. He is struggling over his last 18 contests, hitting .109 with one homer and three RBIs.

    Jones, though, is 14 for 31 with three homers and eight RBIs in his past eight meetings with the Angels.

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    Gameday Matchup

     Los AngelesBaltimore
    Current StreakL4W1
    Last 103-76-4

    Pitching Matchup

    Los AngelesBaltimore
    E. Santana
    11-12, 3.38 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/22 at TOR
    6.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = ND
    Z. Britton
    11-11, 4.61 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 vs BOS
    4.1 IP, 5 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.Los AngelesBaltimore
    1. M. Izturis, 3B M. Angle, CF
    2. P. Bourjos, CF J. Hardy, SS
    3. H. Kendrick, 2B N. Markakis, RF
    4. T. Hunter, DH V. Guerrero, DH
    5. M. Trumbo, 1B M. Wieters, C
    6. V. Wells, LF C. Davis, 1B
    7. M. Trout, RF M. Reynolds, 1B
    8. E. Aybar, SS N. Reimold, LF
    9. B. Wilson, C R. Andino, 2B

    Research Notes

    Chris Davis is 5-for-20 (.250) in his career against Ervin Santana with three home runs.

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