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CIN@TEX: Wolf hurls three scoreless frames in relief

The Orioles will catch a break Thursday.

Yu Darvish was supposed to make his 19th start this season, but he was placed on the disabled list with a strained trapezius muscle in his right shoulder. The Rangers will now send Ross Wolf to the mound to replace their ace at Camden Yards.

"I'm going to go out and do what I can do, throw strikes and get outs as quick as I can," Wolf said. "I've been the long guy in the 'pen, so it's not that different."

Wolf made his first career start on May 22 against the A's. He allowed one run on three hits in five innings on 71 pitches in his only win this season. Ross is 1-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 12 games this season with a .257 opponents' batting average. The Rangers recalled reliever Joseph Ortiz to replace Darvish on the roster.

"[The Orioles] have a good lineup," Wolf said. "I just have to lock it in and give it all I got. Hopefully I can get some quick outs and get us deep in the game."

The Orioles' offense made progress Wednesday against Josh Lindblom, who started in place of injured Nick Tepesch. Baltimore scored all six runs off Lindblom in the win, but the O's went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base. The club is batting .149 (10-for-67) with runners in scoring position since June 30.

"Yeah, of course," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said when asked if his team is pressing. "There's a good pressing and a bad pressing. I don't think it's anything real quality starts [won't fix]. … I think they're pressing for the right reasons, because they want something so much."

Chris Davis went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in his return to the fifth spot in the order. Davis went 1-for-15 with eight strikeouts in his last four games in the cleanup spot.

"It's been a challenge for us because everybody wants to contribute, they want to be the guy," Showalter said of his lineup. "That's been part of why we're competing better, but it can also get in the way a little bit."

Miguel Gonzalez will make his 16th start this season for the Orioles. He's 6-3 with a 3.63 ERA this season, holding opponents to a .236 average. He lost his only start against the Rangers on Aug. 20, 2012, allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings.

Orioles: Gausman, Britton to pitch Sunday
Kevin Gausman and Zach Britton will both pitch for Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday. They were optioned after Tuesday's loss to the Rangers. They're eligible to return with team, if needed, next Saturday against Texas in the second game after the All-Star break.

Gausman, the Orioles' No. 2 prospect on MLB.com, is 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA in nine games this season. Britton is 2-3 with a 4.76 ERA in six starts.

Rangers: Beltre's hot hand
Adrian Beltre has reached safely with a hit, walk or hit by pitch in nine of his last 10 games. The third baseman went 1-for-4 Wednesday, giving him 17 hits over the last eight games. Beltre is hitting .529 with six home runs and 11 RBIs in nine games this month.

Worth noting
• The Rangers are 3-1-1 in their last five series in Baltimore and 52-51-1 alltime at Camden Yards. The Orioles lead the all-time series, 235-193-1.

• Gonzalez has a .467 (7-of-15) opponents' batting average against the Rangers lineup. He has allowed an extra-base hit to Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler, but no player has more than one hit against Gonzalez.

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