Britton’s debut

*Orioles top pitching prospect, lefty Zach Britton, will make his Major League debut this afternoon against the Rays.

“I’ll promise you this, after today’s game over, I will say the same about Zach Britton as I did before the game starts,” manager Buck Showalter said. “You take a lot of things in consideration about what’s going on today. You have a team pretty hungry over there to win a game. He’s got his work cut out for him. That’s why they call it the big leagues. There’s somewhat of development going on, but it’s about giving the Orioles a chance to win a baseball game.”

*Britton will be helped by a Rays lineup wit ha lot of lefties. Rays Johnny Damon was a late scratch with a sore calf and Evan Longoria is also out with an oblique injury.

*Orioles left fielder Luke Scott could be used to pinch-hit if needed but the Orioles will try to stay away from him for the next few days. Scott said he was targeting Wednesday as his return, although it’s a moving target. At this point, the team doesn’t expect a disabled list scenario.

*Justin Duchscherer will have an ablation on his lower back, around the SI joint, which will shut him down 4-5 days. The procedure is a pain management one that involves using radio frequency waves to heat up the nerves, which in gets the pain out of that particular area. It is a procedure Duchscherer has had before and one that has worked well for him in the past. It provides temporary relief that varies on a case-by-case basis.

RAYS LINEUP
B.J. Upton CF
Elliot Johnson SS
Ben Zobrist 2B
Manny Ramirez DH
Kelly Shoppach C
Sean Rodriguez 3B
Dan Johnson 1B
Matt Joyce RF
Sam Fuld LF

Wade Davis RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Derrek Lee 1B
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Felix Pie LF
J.J. Hardy SS

Zach Britton LHP

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