Orioles vs. Athletics lineups and pregame notes (updated)

*The Orioles continue to actively look to upgrade their starting pitching staff with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette saying Friday that the organization has multiple conversations going with other clubs in advance of Tuesday’s Trade Deadline.

“We are more focused on a pitcher,” Duquette said of a rotation that is short on experience and has been inconsistent this season, particularly without right-hander Jason Hammel, who is expected to be sidelined until September. “We’ve got several conversations going, whether they bear fruit or not, we’ll have to see.”

More on the Trade Deadline from Duquette can be found here, with updates on all 30 clubs on MLB.com’s Trade Blog.

*Robert Andino (left shoulder strain) could rejoin the team as early as Tuesday with the infielder slated to start a rehab assignment for Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday . The original plan was for Andino to go to the team’s extended spring facility in Sarasota, Fla. but the team’s training staff no longer felt that was necessary and had him penciled in to play for Double-A on Tuesday. But Andino has progressed much quicker than expected and could join the team Tuesday in New York.

*Jake Arrieta went 5 1/3 innings tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. Arrieta, who served up a home run, also picked up two strikeouts in the 100-pitch outing (57 of which were called strikes).

*Matt Wieters is dealing with right bicep soreness and is not in tonight’s starting lineup. Wieters has been in a 1-for-30 slump and said the bicep issue only bothers him while trying to extend his left-handed swing. He expects it to be just a day or two.

*The Orioles designated lefty reliever Dana Eveland for assignment for the third time –second in 11 days– prior to Friday’s game, recalling Miguel Socolovich in his place. Socolovich’s 10-day required stay in the Minors was up today and the club feels he’s a better option as a long man out of the ‘pen. Although Socolovich is a right-hander, manager Buck Showalter said his changeup has enabled him –at least at Triple-A — to also be effective against left-handed hitters.

If Eveland clears waivers he will know by Sunday at 1 p.m. ET and the Orioles have him slated to pitch his first game for Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday.

*Shortstop J.J. Hardy is back in the lineup a day after taking a ball off the ribs. Hardy said he’s got a pretty big bruise, but X-rays were negative and he didn’t anticipate having any problems throwing or taking pregame batting practice.


Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Jim Thome DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis LF
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Omar Quintanilla 2B
Taylor Teagarden C

Zach Britton LHP


Coco Crisp CF
Johnny Gomes DH
Josh Reddick RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Chris Carter 1B
Brandon Inge 3B
Derek Norris C
Brandon Hicks SS
Jemile Weeks 2B

Jarrod Parker RHP

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