Orioles/Red Sox lineups & pregame tidbits

*Alfredo Simon is back and has been activated off the restricted list, with infielder Josh Bell sent back to Triple-A Norfolk.  To make room for Simon back on the 40-man, Brian Roberts was moved to the 60-day disabled list. Roberts reportedly had headaches in extended spring today, which were deemed unrelated to his concussion.

*Luke Scott (torn right labrum) was here today but will not be activated for at least a few days as he’s still only about 70 percent. He remains optimistic that he will be back before the homestand ends on Sunday and said nothing has changed regarding his stance of trying to avoid surgery.

*Cesar Izturis will play six innings at second base in the Gulf Coast League Friday, serve as designated hitter for Double-A Bowie Saturday and play shortstop on Sunday. Since the team is off Monday, the best possible scenario would involve him being activated on Tuesday.

*In case you missed it earlier, the Orioles acquired LHP Zach Phillips from Texas in exchange for infielder Nick Green and cash. More on that here.

*Orioles closer Kevin Gregg threw a simulate game this afternoon to stay fresh. Gregg is serving a three-game suspension and wouldn’t appear in a game until Friday at the earliest.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Matt Angle LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones  CF
Matt Wieters C
Derrek Lee 1B
Mark Reynolds 3B
Nolan Reimold DH
Blake Davis 2B

Jeremy Guthrie RHP

RED SOX LINEUP

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
JOsh Reddick LF
Carl Crawford DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
J.D.Drew RF
Marco Scutaro SS

Kyle Weiland SP

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