Andino impressing O's with play at short

Andino impressing O's with Izturis out

PHILADELPHIA -- Robert Andino doubled and scored the winning run Sunday, and he's continued to impress the Orioles since stepping in for Cesar Izturis. Since taking over as the full-time shortstop June 5, Andino has batted .250 and caught everything.

"He's never played more than eight games in a row,'' Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "He's gotten a chance, he's gotten an opportunity. He's made all the plays. He's contributed and he's been a good player.

"He's in the middle of everything. He's really seized the opportunity and been a boost for us."

Izturis underwent an appendectomy June 6 in Oakland after complaining of stomach pains before a game. He had started 45 games at shortstop, playing solid defense and hitting .260 with one homer and 13 RBIs.

Izturis is scheduled to return to the team Tuesday in Florida, when he'll be examined and the Orioles will know more about his return. Trembley declined to consider a timetable Sunday.

But Andino has been a stabilizing presence since Izturis went out, and the Orioles are 8-7 with him in the everyday lineup. Trembley said it's possible Andino could play more even after Izturis returns, although no decision has been made.

Pitching matchup
BAL: RHP Koji Uehara (2-4, 4.30 ERA)
Although he hasn't won since April 15, Uehara was solid in his last outing. The right-hander gave up two earned runs on seven hits over five innings and issued no walks in a no-decision. Uehara left the game in position to get the victory, but the O's bullpen couldn't secure his third win of the season.

FLA: LHP Andrew Miller (2-3, 4.56 ERA)
Throwing strikes consistently remains a work in progress for Miller. In his last outing, a loss at Boston, the 24-year-old suffered his first loss since May 26. It was a frustrating appearance because he struck out six in 5 1/3 innings but walked four, and logged 100 pitches, 54 for strikes. The high pitch count, and falling behind in counts, put him in a bind at Fenway Park. He also allowed seven hits. Miller hasn't gotten past the sixth inning since May 22, when he tossed seven against Arizona.

Despite speculation that Rich Hill injured his back in Friday's win against the Phillies, Hill took batting practice Sunday, said he's fine, and is scheduled to take his regular turn against the Marlins on Thursday. ... The Orioles are 9-3 in Interleague Play. ... Sunday was Baltimore's first win this season in a series finale on the road. ... By sweeping the Phils, the Orioles earned their first three-game sweep on the road since May 8-10, 2007.

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Up next
• Wednesday: Orioles (Jason Berken, 1-3, 6.84) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco, 3-6, 7.15), 7:10 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Orioles (Rich Hill, 3-1, 5.18) at Marlins (Sean West, 2-2, 3.97), 7:10 p.m. ET
• Friday: Orioles (TBD) vs. Nationals (Ross Detwiler, 0-3, 4.76), 7:05 p.m. ET

Kevin Roberts is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.