Mahoney makes big league debut

Mahoney makes big league debut

ANAHEIM -- Joe Mahoney made his Major League debut Saturday night, batting eighth and starting at first base for the Orioles against the Angels.

"Hopefully he can follow with the kind of first Major League start that our pitcher had last night," manager Buck Showalter said, referring Miguel Gonzalez's seven-inning gem in which he allowed one run. "Joe has been a little streaky down there, and we caught him when he was swinging it pretty good. I wanted to give him a quick opportunity.

"I think he understands that he'll probably head back after the [All-Star] break, but let him get a taste of it before he goes back. With the way we've had some guys banged up, I hope he presents himself well tonight."

Mahoney -- who was recalled on Thursday -- had his parents, wife, sister and in-laws in the stands on Saturday night and Showalter said it was by design that he didn't tell the 25-year-old of his plans in advance. He flied out to right field in his first at-bat in the second inning against Angels ace Jered Weaver.

In 84 games with Triple-A Norfolk, Mahoney has batted .257/.312/.355 with 14 doubles, five home runs and 38 RBIs. He was originally selected by the Orioles in the sixth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Richmond.