Orioles/Royals lineups & pregame tidbits

*It’s not official, but expect Chris Tillman to start Saturday’s game, taking the roster spot of Jake Arrieta, who will be put on the disabled list tomorrow.

*Cesar Izturis will be activated from the DL prior to Friday’s homestand opener against Toronto,  with third baseman Josh Bell the most likely candidate to be optioned back to Triple-A. The team would prefer Bell –who has had just 11 at-bats since July 18 gets to play every day.

*Mike Bordick will be the interim bullpen coach starting Friday and will be in that role for the 10-game homestand. Bordick will be inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame on the 13th.


J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Mark Reynolds 3B
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Robert Andino 2B

Zach Britton LHP


Alex Gordon LF
Melky Cabrera CF
Billy Butler DH
Eric Hosmer 1B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Yaimaico Navarro 3B
Chris Getz 2B
Alcides Escobar SS
Manuel Pina C

Jeff Francis SP

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