Orioles vs Royals lineups and pregame notes

*Jason Hammel threw off an incline on Saturday for the first time since undergoing right knee surgery, and all of the reports coming back on Sunday were positive. Hammel woke up without any pain or swelling, leading manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Rick Adair to plan for Hammel to throw off of a mound on Monday. 

*After starting every one of the team’s first 114 games in center field, Adam Jones is in the lineup as the O’s designated hitter for the first time in his career on Sunday. With Sunday’s game set to start barely 12 hours after Saturday’s ended, Showalter also gave Matt Wieters, Wilson Betemit and Chris Davis the day off. With Monday’s scheduled off day, Showalter was able to essentially give each of those players a two-day break. 

ROYALS LINEUP

Alex Gordon LF
Alcides Escobar SS
Mike Moustakas 3B
Billy Butler DH
Lorenzo Cain CF
Jeff Francoeur RF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Brayan Pena C
Chris Getz 2B

Bruce Chen LHP

 

ORIOLES LINEUP

Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nate McLouth CF
Adam Jones DH
Lew Ford LF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Robert Andino 2B
Taylor Teagarden C

Tommy Hunter RHP

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