Orioles vs Indians Lineups and Pregame Notes

*Xavier Avery has been called up from Triple-A Norfolk and will be starting in left field and batting second on Thursday. To make room for Avery, Nick Johnson has been moved to the 15-day disabled list. Johnson started at designated hitter on Thursday and left the game after a changeup he fouled off during his only at-bat caused pain and weakness in his right wrist, which has been plagued by injuries throughout his career. Johnson is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday morning and will be eligible to return the first day after the All-Star break. Avery played 15 games with the Orioles in May, going 10-for-32 during the first eight before a 3-for-28 slide in the final seven. Those struggles continued when he first returned to Norfolk, but he has hit .333 with seven walks and four steals in his last 10 games for the Tides. 

*Dana Eveland will be Saturday’s starter, and manager Buck Showalter said he expects that Eveland will throw about 80 pitches. Eveland traveled to California over the weekend for the birth of his second child, returned to Baltimore on Wednesday and threw two scoreless innings on 18 pitches later that night. Eveland made his only previous start of the season on May 11 against Tampa Bay and has been used in a long relief role since. With left-handers Wei-Yin Chen and Brian Matusz starting Thursday and Sunday, Showalter wanted to be able to keep right-hander Tommy Hunter in a long relief role instead of Eveland, a lefty. 

ORIOLES LINEUP

Brian Roberts 2B
Xavier Avery LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis DH
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ryan Flaherty RF

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

INDIANS LINEUP

Shin-Soo Choo RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Jason Kipnis 2B
Jose Lopez 1B
Michael Brantley CF
Shelley Duncan DH
Johnny Damon LF
Jack Hannahan 3B
Lou Mason C

Zach McAllister RHP 

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