Orioles @ Blue Jays series finale

*Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty will make his first Major League start this afternoon at Rogers Centre, playing second base and batting eighth. The O’s have a few regulars out of the lineup today with catcher Matt Wieters getting his first day off this season and Mark Reynolds, who came in this morning sick, getting a rest day as well.

Nolan Reimold had a leg cramp in-game last night and was almost taken out of the game early. His at-bat without batting gloves on was because he was putting on some cream to try to self medicate, according to manager Buck Showalter, and had to run out there quickly. He’s getting a day off today as well.

*Jake Arrieta will start Monday’s opener in Chicago with Wei-Yin Chen getting extra rest and being pushed back to Tuesday. The rest of the rotation will remain the same after Chen, with Tommy Hunter and Jason Hammel going the final two games of the four-game set against the White Sox. Hunter had a successful side session today and he seems to be pretty much over some of the discomfort he had in his side earlier this year, that caused Showalter to wait before announcing his rotation order the first two times through. Hunter, who was also slowed with a back issue earlier this spring, has made both of his starts as scheduled and after Sunday’s bullpen –which went well according to pitching coach Rick Adair — it appears the Orioles are out of the woods with that injury.

*Speaking of injury recoveries, it was good to see Nick Markakis dive for a ball in right field and get right back up on Saturday. Markakis didn’t get any treatment on the area postgame and said the best part is he’s no longer thinking about his offseason ab surgery he’s just reacting to the ball.

Happy Jackie Robinson Day, everybody.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Endy Chavez LF
Nick Johnson DH
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Wilson Betemit 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Ronny Paulino C
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Robert Andino SS

Brian Matusz LHP

BLUE JAYS LINEUP

Yunel Escobar SS
Kelly JOhnson 2B
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Brett Lawrie 3B
Ben Francisco DH
Colby Rasmus Cf
Rajai Davis Lf
Jeff Mathis C

Kyle Drabek RHP

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