Orioles vs. A’s lineups and pregame notes

Lots of pregame notes today..

*Brian Roberts is starting a rehab assignment tonight with short-season Aberdeen and will get a minimum of three at-bats and play at least tonight and Sunday. Manager Buck Showalter said Roberts –who has a labral tear in his right hip — could be need as little as two games before being activated. Obviously, that’s getting way ahead at this stage of Roberts’ rehab. But he has been working out at the team’s complex in Sarasota, Fla. and the hope remains that he can at least delay surgery until the offseason. It’s unlikely, according to Showalter, that Roberts could avoid surgery altogether at this point.

*Matt Wieters is out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game although he said his right bicep feels “a lot better” and he will take some swings to test things this afternoon. Wieters –who is available today — also said he expected to play tomorrow although manager Buck Showalter didn’t want to jump the gun and pencil him in for Sunday just yet.

*Jim Thome is not in tonight’s lineup and is dealing with neck spasms. Thome — who had a back injury earlier this season — is scheduled to be examined further by the team doctors today and Showalter said he was just alerted to the issue, but acknowledged it could have been something Thome has been playing with.

*The Astros have claimed infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce off waivers from Baltimore.  The 29-year-old Pearce played in 28 games this year for the Orioles, hitting .254 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 71 at-bats.  Pearce was flying to Houston on Saturday night and could be activated prior to Sunday’s game against the Pirates.

*Robert Andino (left shoulder strain) confirmed he will start a rehab assignment for Triple-A Norfolk tommorow, and he will play at least two games with the target date for his return as early as Tuesay. Andino, who has never been on the DL, admitted Saturday he doesn’t know what to do with himself and has been working hard to be ahead of schedule.

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Tommy Hunter SP

ATHLETICS LINEUP

Coco Crisp CF
Jemile Weeks 2B
Seth Smith RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Chris Carter DH
Brandon Moss 1B
Branon Inge 3B
Kurt Suzuki C
Eric Sogard SS

Bartolo Colon RHP

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