Valencia optioned, Orioles and White Sox lineups, notes

Scott Feldman takes the mound for the Orioles tonight in the second game of their series against the Chicago White Sox, making him their 13th starter in 2013. They used 12 last season.

To make room for Feldman on the 25-man roster, the Orioles optioned infielder Danny Valencia to Triple-A Norfolk.

Valencia is batting .230/.277/.508 with five doubles, four homers and eight RBIs in 21 games. He’s batting .282 against left-handers, compared to .136 vs. right-handers, but Nolan Reimold’s return from the disabled list made him more expendable.

As for tonight’s lineup, Adam Jones moves up to third and Chris Davis to fourth against Chicago left-hander Hector Santiago.

For the Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Nate McLouth LF
Nolan Reimold DH
Brian Roberts 2B

Scott Feldman RHP

For the White Sox
Alejandro De Aza CF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Alex Rios RF
Adam Dunn 1B
Dayan Viciedo LF
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Jeff Keppinger DH
Gordon Beckham 2B
Tyler Flowers C

Hector Santiago LHP

The Indians’ Jason Kipnis was named American League Player of the Month for June after batting .419 (39-for-93) with 12 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 25 RBIs, 17 runs scored and 30 walks in 27 games. Davis (.290, 12 home runs, 30 RBIs) also received votes.

The Athletics’ Bartolo Colon (5-0, 1.75 ERA, nine walks, 19 strikeouts) was named AL Pitcher of the Month for June. Chris Tillman (6-0, 2.68 ERA, 29 SO) also received votes.

Triple-A Norfolk’s starters for the next five games are Jake Pettit, Jair Jurrjens, Tsuyoshi Wada, Josh Stinson and Freddy Garcia.

Catcher Steve Clevenger officially reported to Norfolk this afternoon after being acquired with Feldman from the Cubs for pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop.

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