Orioles/Yankees lineups and pregame tidbits

*The Orioles will honor Mike Flanagan’s passing before tonight’s game, and I’ll try to post a few pictures on the ceremony and moment of silence up on the blog.  You can read more about what they are planning here. Above is the photo of the patch that will be worn in his honor on the sleeve of the Orioles’ jerseys for the rest of the season.

*Adam Jones is not in the lineup for the second straight game, and he said he’s dealing with some chest soreness that makes it tough to swing. Jones  was taken to the hospital Tuesday night in Minnesota after exiting in the first inning and said the chest pains and shortness of breathe literally came out of nowhere. He’s going to take the day off fully today, and will play the next few days by ear.

*The plan right now is for lefty Troy Patton to leave the team following Sunday afternoon’s game to attend a court hearing in Texas stemming from his arrest this winter for driving under the influence.  Original plans were that Patton wouldn’t miss a game, flying in before Monday night’s contest, but Hurricane Irene could change things this weekend in a hurry.

*Jason Berken (right elbow discomfort) hasn’t done any baseball activities yet, but came in pain-free for the first time today which is a good sign. His wife, Emily, will induce labor on the couple’s first child on Tuesday.

*The Orioles Wives will host silent auctions on Friday and Saturday (game two of the doubleheader) at Gate E from the time gates open until 8:00 p.m ET.

All of the proceeds will be split among three organizations: Unicef, to benefit those affected by the tsunami in Japan last spring; Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation Memorial Account in honor of Shannon Stone, a Texas firefighter who passed away from injuries suffered in the tragic accident at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington; and Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, an organization that the Orioles Wives have supported throughout the season by volunteering at build events.

Among the many items of memorabilia to be auctioned off are autographed game-used bats, batting gloves, cleats, game day lineup cards, and many more items signed by players including Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy, Mark Reynolds, Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Chris Jakubauskas, Kevin Gregg and manager Buck Showalter.

*Additionally, the third annual Orioles Pet Calendar is on sale now at http://www.orioles.com, with all proceeds benefiting the Baltimore Animal and Rescue Care Shelter (BARCS)

The 15-month, full-color calendars are $15 plus shipping and handling and are available in the ballpark on Friday, August 26 at Eutaw Street; Saturday August 27 at the Community Booth located at Gate D; and Monday, August 29 on Eutaw Street. Fans are encouraged to purchase them quickly, as they have sold out the past two years. Many of the animals featured in the calendar are available for adoption from BARCS.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Robert Andino 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ryan Adams 2B
Nolan Reimold LF
Matt Angle CF

SP Tommy Hunter

YANKEES LINEUP
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

A.J. Burnett SP

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