Orioles @ Rays lineups and pregame notes

*The Orioles recalled left-handed reliever Mike Belfiore to take the roster spot vacated with the optioning of Xavier Avery after the series finale in Houston. Belfiore was up here once earlier this year but did not pitch and he could have another short stay with right-handed reliever Pedro Strop here and eligible to come off the disabled list as early as tomorrow.

*Nick Markakis is back after spending the last two days with his family attending his grandmothers furneral.

*Einer Diaz will serve as first base coach tonight with Wayne Kirby missing tonight’s game to attend his daughter’s high school graduation. He will return tomorrow.

*Wei-Yin Chen continues to progress on his throwing program, and is up to 90 feet pain-free as he works his way back from a left oblique strain.

*Jair Jurrjens (right thumb) will probably not make his next scheduled start, as I blogged in Houston. Jurrjens tried to spin the ball and still felt some discomfort in that area.

*Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tsuyoshi Wada had his  “best stuff outing” last night for Triple-A Norfolk. Wada also had a slight increase in his fastball velocity.

“That was good to see,” Showalter said. “I know [Triple-A manager] Ronny [Johnson] was pretty positive about it.”


Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Dickerson DH
Ryan Flaherty 2B

Jason Hammel RHP

Matt Joyce RF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Kelly Johnson LF
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Desmond Jennings CF
Luke Scott DH
Jose Molina C
Yunel Escobar SS

Chris Archer RHP

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