Orioles @ White Sox lineups and pregame notes

*The Orioles have optioned Danny Valencia to Triple-A Norfolk to clear a roster spot for tonight’s starter Scott Feldman. Valencia would have been useful with the Orioles facing a bunch of lefty starters, but yesterday’s activation of right-handed hitting outfielder Nolan Reimold makes Valencia more dispensable.

Valencia hit .230/.277/.508 with five doubles, four homers and eight RBIs in 21 games since being promoted from Triple-A, including a .282 mark against lefties.

Did he feel like he gave the Orioles a good idea of what he can do? .

“I did and I didn’t,” Valencia said. “It’s hard when you don’t play sometimes for four or five days. It’s definitely challenging. But I felt like I had some good at-bats. Recently it’s been tough to get some at-bats. But I guess that’s part of being not an everyday player, being a guy that can come off the bench. So it was tough.”

The Orioles make a lot of roster moves and Valencia, who has 72 hours to report to Norfolk, will go down and try to do the same things that earned him his first promotion.

“I feel like I played well down there,” said Valencia, who .306 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs in 40 Triple-A games.  “So, I proved that I can be up here. But it’s a numbers game, it’s a business and I’ll be ready whenever.”

*The White Sox put Jesse Crain and Paul Konerko on the disabled list prior to today’s game.

*The Orioles start time for the Saturday, September 7 game against the Chicago White Sox has been moved from 7:05 p.m. to 1:05 p.m.  The change in time is due to the selection of the game for exclusive television broadcast by FOX. Eutaw Street gates will open at 11:00 a.m., with the rest of the ballpark opening at 11:30 a.m.

*Top position player prospect Jonathan Schoop (lower back) will start playing games on July 11 at either short-season Aberdeen or the Gulf Coast League.
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Nate McLouth LF
Nolan Reimold DH
Brian Roberts 2B

Scott Feldman RHP

Alejandro De Aza CF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Alex Rios RF
Adam Dunn 1B
Dayan Viciedo LF
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Jeff Keppinger DH
Gordon Beckham 2B
Tyler Flowers C

Hector Santiago LHP

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