Angle to hit leadoff in Major League debut

Angle to hit leadoff in Major League debut

BALTIMORE -- It didn't take long for outfielder Matt Angle -- officially recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday morning in place of the injured Vladimir Guerrero -- to make his Major League debut, as Angle found himself batting leadoff and playing left field in Sunday afternoon's series finale against Cleveland.

"I didn't want Matt's first game to be off a knuckleballer," said manager Buck Showalter, referring to Monday's Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield. "[I] don't want him to sit two days. Kind of looking in the future a little bit."

Angle, who got the news Saturday night from Triple-A manager Gary Allenson, is typically a center fielder, but he has gotten recent action in left field and said he tried not to put too much stock into the rumblings the last few days that he could get promoted.

"You try not to get too high or too low either way," said the 25-year-old Angle, who anticipated having his wife, mother, cousin and uncle in attendance at Camden Yards Sunday afternoon.

"I'm definitely excited, I think it will [all hit me] come first pitch, once you are on the field and doing things like that."

A seventh-round pick in 2007's First-Year Player Draft, Angle started the season slow but has come on as of late, hitting .380 in his last 16 games with Norfolk. He was joined Sunday by Tides' teammate Troy Patton, a left-handed reliever who will add length to an Orioles bullpen in a state of flux. Patton has been up several times this season as insurance, but has made just one appearance in May, allowing two earned runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched.