Snyder getting his chance to catch

Snyder getting his chance to catch
May 12, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Baltimore Orioles catcher Chris Snyder (48) during a stoppage in play in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)


MINNEAPOLIS – Chris Snyder is well rested and ready to play on Sunday. Snyder gets his second start for the Orioles behind the plate. In his first start, Snyder caught Freddy Garcia’s six no-hit innings on May 4.

He was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels two weeks ago after Taylor Teagarden dislocated his left thumb, and Snyder, who’s played for Arizona, Pittsburgh and Houston, is getting his first look at the American League.

“No complaints. Where I started in spring training to now, I have no complaints,” Snyder said.

At the beginning of spring training, Snyder was in the Nationals’ camp, looking for a job, and in late March after he invoked his opt-out clause, landed with the Angels. He batted .342 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs with Triple-A Salt Lake before the trade.

“I was just waiting for an opportunity, and it presented itself here, and I’m going to do whatever I can to make the most of it,” Snyder said.

At 32, Snyder is a career .225 hitter in nine big league seasons. He’s eager to try life in the AL East.

“This is and has been the most competitive division in all of baseball,” Snyder said. “It’s going to be very competitive, and it’s fun to be a part of.”

He threw out MInnesota's Brian Dozier trying to steal in the bottom of the first.

NOTE: Teagarden will see Dr. Brian Schofield on Thursday in Sarasota, Fla. to check on the progress of his thumb.