Orioles @ Mariners lineups and pregame notes

*Jim Thome and Troy Patton are expected to be activated on Friday and join the team in Boston, barring any setbacks. Patton threw two innings today –his second rehab outing in instructional league– and faced Thome, who got one of two hits off Patton. The plan is for Patton to take off Wednesday and face a couple hitters Thursday before heading to Boston.

Thome will play in another game on Wednesday taking 4-5 at-bats, and will do the same thing on Thursday.

*Speaking of fall instructional league, the Orioles have sent Bill Hall and Joe Mahoney down there, joining catcher Ronny Paulino, as possible reinforcement for September.  With Mark Reynolds dealing with a sore bicep (he’s been playing through it) and catcher Matt Wieters’ wife, Maria, due to induce labor soon, the team is making sure all their options are covered and trying to take advantage of roster expansions to help keep them covered.

Mahoney is on the 40-man, but Paulino and Hall are not and would need to be added if they come up.

*Miguel Gonzalez will start Friday’s game in Boston with last night’s starter, Chris Tillman, slated to start either Saturday or Sunday.

*Closer Jim Johnson has been recognized as the Orioles representative for the Roberto Clemente Award, an honor that recognizes a player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

*The Orioles will host Minor League Affiliate Appreciation Night on Tuesday, Sept. 25 for their 7:05 p.m. ET game against the Blue Jays. The night will honor the Orioles affiliates and will include a pregame ceremony revealing the 2012 award winners for Player Development and Scouting, including the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year and the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

The O’s have extended a special discount ticket offer to fans of each of the Orioles affiliate teams for select lower level seats. Fans who still need to purchase their tickets should contact their local affiliate for details on the discount offer.Five affiliates will be represented and honored at the game: the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, Double-A Bowie Baysox, Single-A Frederick Keys, Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds and short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds.

Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Endy Chavez RF
Robert Andino 2B

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Dustin Ackley 2B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Kyle Seager 3B
Jesus Montero DH
Michael Saunders LF
Justin Smoak 1B
Casper Wells RF
Miguel Olivo C
Brendan Ryan SS

Erasmo Ramirez RHP

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