Orioles vs. Rangers finale

It’s Derek filling in on the blog for today as the O’s go for a series split in the finale with the Texas Rangers.

*Chris Dickerson, a late scratch with a strained shoulder yesterday, said he feels fine today. If baseball activities go well pregame today, they’ll scrap the MRI they had scheduled for tomorrow. He says he should be able to swing a bat without any problems Friday, but throwing may be more difficult. Manager Buck Showalter said he could be available “in some fashion” Thursday night if everything checks out.

*Steve Johnson (oblique) threw batting practice Thursday in Sarasota. Showalter said he was tired afterwards, but otherwise didn’t get any negative reports.

*Top position player prospect Jonathan Schoop (strained lower back) went 0-for-2 with a walk in his first rehab game with the Orioles Gulf Coast League team.  Showalter said he’ll likely be there about a week and then could be ticketed for Triple-A Norfolk.

*Eric Thames, recently acquired in a trade with Seattle, is “getting close,” Showalter said. He’s taking batting practice and should be activated soon, Showalter said.

And here are the lineups:

Baltimore Orioles
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
JJ Hardy SS
Brian Roberts 2B
Nolan Reimold DH

Miguel Gonzalez P

Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler DH
Elvis Andrus SS
Nelson Cruz RF
Adrian Beltre 3B
AJ Pierzynski C
Mitch Moreland 1B
Jurickson Profar 2B
David Murphy LF
Leonys Martin CF

Ross Wolf P

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