07/22/12 3:14 PM ET
Quintanilla may soon join starting lineup
By Stephen Ellsesser / Special to MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- Two days into his tenure with the Orioles, Omar Quintanilla hasn't cracked the starting lineup. But that will change soon.
"I'm trying to give 'Q' a couple of days to get grounded," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I plan on playing him [Monday] somewhere."
Quintanilla, acquired Friday from the Mets for cash considerations, entered Saturday's game as a defensive substitute, debuting with his new team. Ryan Flaherty is in the lineup Sunday at second base, but Showalter envisions using both players regularly.
"It gives us a lot of versatility having both those guys," Showalter said.
Flaherty performing well in starting role
CLEVELAND -- Ryan Flaherty has made the most of his weekend starting at second base against the Indians.
Flaherty homered in the first two games of the series, helping him earn a start Sunday as well.
"I had a little talk with him a few days ago about getting timid and letting it rip and getting after it," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We were talking about some of the tendencies they are using on him."
Flaherty, who made the team out of Spring Training, has struggled in his rookie season, and on the current road trip. His two homers in Cleveland are his only hits on the eight-game run, which ends Monday against the Tribe.
Friday, the Orioles completed a trade for Omar Quintanilla. Before the corresponding roster move was announced, Flaherty was one of the players at risk of demotion.
"I guess you just have to take it for what it's worth," Flaherty said of the trade. "They made a move, whatever it means for me, it's out of my control. I'm just trying to do what I have to do to help this team win, whether it is playing second or coming off the bench, playing the outfield."
Showalter is a believer in Flaherty's future.
"We've been down a long road with Ryan," Showalter said. "And if I had known then what I know now, I'd have been happy we drafted him. He's got a chance to be a good player."
Saturday's win was Baltimore's 50th of the season. That win came on July 21, the earliest the Orioles have notched their 50th win since 2005, when they reached that mark on July 18. ... Baltimore is one of two teams in the Majors that is unbeaten when leading after seven innings this season. The Orioles are 37-0 when leading after seven innings. The Pirates (46-0) are the only other team unbeaten when on top after seven. ... Jim Thome's 190 home runs at Progressive Field are the fourth most by an active player in one ballpark. Paul Konerko's 243 homers at U.S. Cellular Field place him atop the leaderboard.
Stephen Ellsesser is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.