Ready to prove all of the doubters wrong, Orioles right-hander Freddy Garcia will make his first Major League start this season on Saturday against the Angels in Anaheim.
The 36-year-old Garcia still believes he has what it takes to compete.
"They always say that about you," said Garcia, who signed a Minor League deal with Baltimore after he was released by the San Diego Padres this spring. "I really don't care because I always put up numbers, and that's all you can really do is keep putting up numbers. … I really don't care what people say. I just go out there and do my job."
Taking Zach Britton's spot in Baltimore's rotation after he was demoted, Garcia is ready to help a team that had to lean heavily on its bullpen in the first month of the season.
"Hopefully it's me [who takes advantage of the opportunity]," Garcia said. "And hopefully I pitch the way I know I can pitch and I can help the team win games and throw innings."
His promotion comes at the perfect time for the Orioles, as Garcia owns a career 16-3 mark with a 2.66 ERA in 28 games against the Angels, including an 8-1 record with a 3.18 ERA in 16 starts in Anaheim.
Meanwhile, Tommy Hanson will be on the hill for the Angels, looking for his third win this season.
He allowed just two runs on five hits in six innings of work on Monday, but took a no-decision in a 19-inning thriller against the A's in a 10-8 loss.
Hanson, who has tossed two straight quality starts, is 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two career starts against the Orioles.
Orioles: Machado finding timing at plate
• Third baseman Manny Machado attributes much of his recent success at the plate to simplifying things and trusting his abilities.
The 20-year-old infielder has hit safely in 18 of 23 games, while batting .340 (33-for-97) with 11 multi-hit games, 11 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 17 RBIs.
Machado, who will be 21 in July, is the only Orioles player under 21 to have a hitting streak as long as 11 games.
"There's such a thing as over-coach or manage early on," manager Buck Showalter said. "I just tried to leave him alone and just let him seek his level. I said a few things here and there."
Angels: Callaspo returns to lineup
• Prior to Friday's game against the Orioles, the Angels activated third baseman Alberto Callaspo from the disabled list. He joins shortstop Erick Aybar, who was activated earlier in the week.
"Finally we are back and we're going to give 100 percent to the team," Callaspo said.
To make room for Callaspo -- who has been on the disabled list with a right calf strain since April 19 -- infielder Andrew Romine was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Callaspo hit seventh in Friday's lineup and finished the game going 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.
• Angels reliever Mark Lowe is eligible to come off of the disabled list Sunday but expects to make one more Minor League appearance. Lowe pitched two innings for Class A Inland Empire on Thursday night and plans to throw another two innings on Sunday.
• Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold made his first start this season at leadoff on Friday night against the Angels and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.