BALTIMORE -- As a vote of confidence and a reward, manager Lee Mazzilli moved center fielder Luis Matos up to second in the batting order for Monday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. It was Matos' first start of the season in the No. 2 spot. "Luis is having a great season, and you are seeing what he can do when he's healthy," Mazzilli said. "I don't think we saw what Luis could do last season because he was hurt. I am very happy with how he's done." Matos hit .319 in April with one homer and 12 RBIs while compiling a .402 on-base percentage.
"I think hitting anywhere in this order is a reward because it's such a good team," Matos said. "I will look at it as I did before. I will try to get on base and set up the big guys. I don't look at this as any different than what I do hitting down in the order." Matos logged 306 at-bats in 2003 as the No. 2 hitter, batting .291 with seven homers and 31 RBIs. "I have done it before and I was comfortable there," he said. "I just want to stay patient and do what I have been doing." The handshake: The rhythmic handslap that Orioles infielders Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora and Miguel Tejada do after every victory is gaining popularity. It was on the cover of Monday's Baltimore Sun and shown on ESPN's SportsCenter.
Actually, Mora and Tejada were working on the shake in Spring Training and Roberts asked to be included."It's not that complicated," Roberts said. "You don't need an instruction manual. It's something they started doing last year. I figure if I was going to be in the middle of the lineup, I might as well be in on it. I figure if I can't speak their language, I might as well do their handshake." Farm report: Dave Borkowski tossed eight one-run innings and Walter Young knocked in Tim Raines with the winning run in the eighth inning as Triple-A Ottawa won the first game of a doubleheader with Buffalo, 2-1, on Sunday. Napoleon Calzado had three hits, including a homer, but Ottawa dropped the finale, 5-4. Meanwhile, for Double-A Bowie, Eric DuBose allowed three runs in four innings and lost a 12-3 decision to Reading. Dubose is now 1-2 with a 2.50 ERA for the Baysox. Coming up: The Orioles take on Toronto on Tuesday in the second of a three-game series at Camden Yards. Right-hander Daniel Cabrera will take on right-hander Josh Towers.
Gary Washburn is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.