The primary goal of any leadoff man is to get on base, and
McLouth reached base in his first four plate appearances in the Orioles' 6-5, 11-inning loss to the
"I do feel comfortable there," McLouth said of batting leadoff. "I like it, but I really don't see myself approaching my at-bats any differently if I were hitting anywhere else. I feel like that's my job, to get on base as many times as I can. Sometimes when the time calls for it, make the pitcher throw some pitches and things like that. I've been able to do that lately, and the guys in back of me have been real good about bringing me around."
In his 14 starts hitting in the leadoff spot —
"I think it's not having the fear of hitting with two strikes, not being afraid of hitting behind in the count," McLouth said. "Manny [Machado is] getting really good at it, too, and also not trying to do too much. I think that I see the ball better when I just [swing] nice and easy and not try and do more than I'm capable of, so I think that's a big part of it."
O's will add reliever
The Orioles optioned Wednesday's starter, right-hander
The team sent down right-handed reliever
Starter Zach Clark, who is also on the 40-man roster, hasn't pitched since Saturday and isn't scheduled to pitch in Norfolk until Sunday, so the UMBC product could also be an option if the Orioles desire length in the bullpen.
Non-roster options could include
Around the horn
Right-hander Steve Johnson, making his first minor league rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk, allowed four runs on six hits over his scheduled five innings of work Wednesday. Johnson has been on the disabled list with a lat strain since March 31. He threw 67 pitches. … Center fielder