Gonzalez gets first start in familiar setting

Gonzalez gets first start in familiar setting

ANAHEIM -- Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez will make his first Major League start on Friday night in Anaheim, but it will feel like a home crowd for the 28-year-old, who expects approximately 50 familiar faces to be in attendance at Angel Stadium.

"We are 50 minutes away from Anaheim," said Gonzalez, who went to high school in San Fernando, Calif. "It's pretty exciting to be here in front of family and friends."

While fellow long man Dana Eveland was also an option, manager Buck Showalter preferred having the lefty Eveland available to follow right-hander Jake Arrieta on Thursday. The Angels also fare much better against left-handed starters, and Showalter said the Orioles want to see what they have in Gonzalez -- who has pitched to a 2.31 ERA in three games out of the bullpen -- before the break.

"Anywhere they put me, that's where I'm going to do my job and try to do my best," said Gonzalez, who made six starts for Triple-A Norfolk earlier this season. "Obviously they are giving me the opportunity to start tomorrow, so I'm going to give it my all."

As far as any pitch-count limits, Showalter said: "I think he can go closer to 100, if Anaheim will allow it."