BALTIMORE -- Brian Roberts has finally made his way back to the lineup on a regular basis, and he's given the Orioles a big lift since returning in late June.
Roberts has missed most of the last three seasons. He played 59, 39 and 17 games the last three years, but he's already gotten into 58 this year after getting hurt in the first series of the year and missing nearly three months.
Roberts has also moved into his old leadoff spot more in recent days, including in Saturday's 4-3 win over the White Sox in 10 innings. Roberts hit his second home run in three games and fifth of the season in that game. Nate McLouth had hit leadoff much of this season, except against certainly lefties, which put Roberts in the nine-hole.
But it's clear that Roberts is getting his timing back at the plate. His average is .240, but he is hitting with more power, as he homered on Thursday and again on Saturday. Plus, Roberts is making a number of great plays in the field. He came up with several on Friday night to help Scott Feldman go the distance in a 4-0 win over the White Sox.
"Nobody's having more fun than Robby," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "When you've been through the things and some of the teams he's been on, to be in this situation, I think has been a real energizer."
Showalter said Roberts has kind of cut loose and is playing really hard.
"He's going for it, and whatever happens, happens," Showalter said. "He's been so engaged in all facets of the game."
Showalter hopes young players are learning
BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he's hoping young players like Jonathan Schoop and Henry Urrutia will use their September callups as a learning experience.
Showalter said younger players can get a good look at life in the Major Leagues when called up. Being in a pennant race is probably going to limit their chances to contribute, but the skipper wants guys like Schoop, the team's fourth-ranked prospect by MLB.com, and Urrutia to learn.
"It's invaluable for Jonathan and Henry to see these games in September that are meaningful," Showalter said before Saturday's game against the White Sox. "It's such a teaching/learning tool that they're benefitting from what these guys have done to be in this environment."
Showalter said the younger guys will probably get more of a shot to show things in Spring Training next year.
"You can tell there's a process that they're taking in," Showalter said. "Some guys are different. Some guys don't get any benefit from it."
Urrutia had a big part in Saturday's 4-3 win over the White Sox in 10 innings, as he hit a pinch-hit single to left to start the winning rally before being lifted for pinch-runner Chris Dickerson.
• Chris Snyder got the start at catcher on Saturday. Showalter often likes to rest Matt Wieters when there's a day game after a night contest, and this is Snyder's first action since June 2.
Snyder threw out a would-be basestealer in the eighth inning, but was pinch-hit for by Wieters in the eighth. Good thing for the Orioles, as Wieters hit the game-winning two-run single in the 10th.
• Chris Davis has 48 homers this year and 81 over the last two seasons. That ties Rafael Palmeiro's club record for most homers over a two-year period. Palmeiro did it in 1997-98.
• The Orioles have been consistent on offense lately. Entering Saturday, 17 of their last 18 runs had come via the home run. The Orioles hit six homers in the first two games of this series -- all solo shots -- as they've beat Chicago both times.
Roberts hit a solo home run on Saturday.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.