Fill-in catcher Caleb Joseph, who started two games against the Tampa Bay Rays last week after coming up to spell Wieters, said the fact that he is now, at least for the moment, a major league player is just starting to sink in.
“It took a while, but better late than never,’’ Joseph said. “Sunk in? Yes, no, maybe. I think the biggest thing is that I’ve been around these guys for a while, a couple of spring trainings, hanging around with a lot of them, coming up with some of them. It just feels like baseball, but the atmosphere is totally different.”
Joseph said one of the biggest thrills came Friday night, for his first game at Camden Yards — even though he didn’t play.
“Coming to Camden and getting to soak the atmosphere in and not playing was really cool,’’ he said. “The last time I was here, I was in the stands, and so I think that kind of made a big difference, you know, after we won running out there and shaking hands. That was a pretty cool feeling. That kind of helped it sink in a little bit.”
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Right fielder Nick Markakis entered Saturday night’s game with the longest active hitting streak in the majors (16 games) after Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado walked in his final at-bat Friday night to end his major league-leading 28-game streak. Markakis singled in the first inning to extend his streak to 17 games. … The Orioles rank third in the American League in outfield assists with eight. David Lough leads the team with three. … Adam Jones leads the league with 10 infield hits. … Making his first start since returning from the minor league disabled list with a bout of pneumonia, Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings for Triple-A Norfolk, allowing two hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Gausman threw 77 pitches (44 strikes), slightly over the 75-pitch limit he was on in the season’s first month.