Orioles @ Yankees lineups and pregame notes

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will take on the Yankees for the second of a four-game series following last night’s heated 4-2 win.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said  he hadn’t been contacted by Major League Baseball regarding his altercation the previous night with Yankees manager Joe Girardi, and he didn’t expect to hear anything.

Showalter, who angrily defended third base coach Bobby Dickerson –who Girardi accused of stealing signs—said the “ Yankees are actually one of the better teams at it,” on ESPN New York 98.7’s Lunch with Lupica Show on Tuesday.

Showalter clarified those comments prior to Tuesday’s Orioles-Yankee game—the second of a four-game set—and said there are at least 15 teams who do it in baseball, referencing the Milwaukee Brewers clubs of the ‘80s as an example.

Asked about opposing clubs stealing signs, Showalter said, “You should be conscious of that and you should do it if you can get them. They’re right there for everybody to see if you figure out the sequences. There are a lot of clubs that have people do nothing else but watch the sequences/ So, it’s very easy to camouflage it keep people from getting it. That’s part of the game. It’s all part of it. That falls underneath the Captain Obvious thing.”

Monday’s heated exchange between Showalter and Girardi caused both sides to be issued warnings and the benches to briefly clear. And while Showalter was optimistic there wouldn’t be any carryover, the Orioles skipper didn’t fault Girardi  –who said he was looking out for his guys– for his competitive fire

“I think what we’re both in a position to do, to have an opportunity to do,” Showalter said. “It’s two very competitive groups that are competing for the same thing [in the American League Wild Card]. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, right? It matters. You care. If you care, it matters, like a lot of things in life. You’re not very passionate about things you don’t care about. So, I think we all stand accused.”

*Steve Pearce (left wrist) will play in a simulated game this weekend in Sarasota, Fla. and will be joined by designated hitter Henry Urrutia who will not be able to come to Toronto because of visa issues. Showalter said the plan is for both guys to meet the team for the Boston series that starts Tuesday, although the club is considering having Urrutia just stay in Florida and prepare for the upcoming Arizona Fall League. Rookie Jonathan Schoop is also with the Orioles right now and will playing the AFL, but he will remain with the big-league club for now.


Brett Gardner CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Curtis Granderson DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ian Stewart C
Ivan Nova RHP
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Brian Roberts 2B
Henry Urrutia DH

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

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