Gonzalez to be skipped in Boston

Gonzalez to be skipped in Boston

BALTIMORE -- Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will pitch in New York with the Orioles opting to give the usual No. 3 starter some extra rest and not have him throw his scheduled turn against Boston.

"We are not matching people up," manager Buck Showalter said. "We are going to have 20-something games in a row, we got an opportunity here, it's not going to come very often. We are going to hopefully be pitching him every fifth day for a long, long [time]. He's got a chance if he stays healthy to pitch over 200 innings. So we want to have him in good shape for the long haul.

There's a lot of reasons. [Pitching coach Rick Adair has] got a real sound base as to what he's trying to do in the big picture."

Gonzalez earned the win on Thursday against the Rays after allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

The Orioles are also hoping for bounce back outings from Jake Arrieta and Chris Tillman, who will throw Wednesday and Thursday against the Red Sox. Wei-Yin Chen will start Monday's series opener.

Reliever Luis Ayala will probably not travel with the team to Boston as the reliever left Sunday's game around the seventh inning to go to a local hospital.

"[He] just didn't feel well at all," Showalter said of Ayala. "Had some things you normally don't have and they decided after looking at him, better go check it out. I've got a pretty good idea of what we're dealing with. See how things go."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.