05/05/2013 9:15 PM ET
Snyder impresses in first start for Orioles
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Largely lost in the Orioles' 5-4, 10-inning win over the Angels on Saturday - given the game-winning hit by Steve Pearce and the superb start by Freddy Garcia -- was the impressive performance behind the plate by catcher Chris Snyder, who made his first start for Baltimore.
"You could see they had a good tempo," manager Buck Showalter said of Snyder's work with Garcia, who had a no-hitter through six innings. "He's got a good idea what he's doing. He threw out a big runner [Mark Trumbo in the ninth inning] on a hit-and-run and just missed the other guy."
Snyder, who had one plate appearance on Friday night, was acquired in a trade from the Angels on April 28 and he has assumed the backup catcher job with Taylor Teagarden on the disabled list. The 32-year-old Snyder, who signed a Minor League deal with the Angels this spring, had been playing for their Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City prior to the trade and has been a positive addition for the Orioles.
"Chris, he wants to catch everybody," Showalter said. "He's catching between innings, wants to catch every bullpen. And I think it's for a sincere reason, he wants to get to know the pitchers. Catchers, at his age, there's no tree like the tree of catchers. Everybody knows everybody. But he seems to be in a good place right now with where he is and who he is and what he can do. If you look at his numbers in Salt Lake City, the timing was real good with him being here with the Angels. He had some interesting input.
"He's been connected, engaged. Very engaged here. He has something to bring here. He speaks up, speaks freely. And I want him too. He's got a lot of experience."
Davis returns to lineup after missing one game
ANAHEIM -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was back in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Angels after exiting in the fifth inning of Friday's game with a right knee injury that was later diagnosed as a tendinosis in the patellar tendon.
"Chris feels good," manager Buck Showalter said of Davis, who tested his knee with some pregame running and swings in the batting cages. "It was pushing it a little bit to play [Saturday]. He feels good. He doesn't feel anything. We'll see. So far, so good. It's always a different level when you play, but I'd like to find out."
Davis said that the running went well and he has been walking around without any issues, sporting a right-knee brace and appearing in good spirits. The 27-year-old Davis had originally targeted Tuesday as a return date, but given the nature of the injury, Showalter said having an extra day or two -- with Monday's off-day -- wouldn't have made a difference.
Davis certainly made a difference with his bat, delivering a key two-out single that was the start of a three-run eighth inning. The Orioles went on to win, 8-4, to take the series.
"It felt good," said Davis, who said turning his knee with no issues on a fly ball hit earlier in the game was a positive sign. "It was one of those things where I just needed to get into the game to test it. It's obviously going to be a little sore for the next few days. I think anytime you injure something ... I hate to use the word injured, but anytime you tweak something it's going to be sore for the next few days. Tomorrow's off-day is going to be huge."
• Tsuyoshi Wada, recovering from Tommy John surgery, will throw what is expected to be his final extended spring game on Saturday. Assuming all goes well, he will go out on Minor League rehab assignment after that.
"I was talking to different guys about him down there," Showalter said. "I had Brian Roberts go down there and scout it out for me. He had some interesting things to say. I'll have Wilson [Betemit] have a look at him next time out, and then [Taylor] Teagarden."
Speaking of Roberts, he continues to progress in baseball activities, with the next step for him to take batting practice, although no date has been set for that.
• Zach Britton suffered the loss for Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday after yielding five runs (three earned) on 10 hits in six-plus innings of work. Britton walked one and struck out three while getting 10 ground ball outs.
• Miguel Gonzalez (blister) will try to throw on Tuesday, with the team having a better idea of his exact schedule after that. With Monday's off-day, the team could push Gonzalez back and have Garcia start on his turn on Thursday.
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.