Orioles @ Blue Jays lineups and pregame notes

Greetings from Toronto, where the Orioles will play the rubber match of a three-game weekend series. Not much pregame news with the club still deciding whether to keep Dan Johnson beyond this afternoon, which would require another 40-man roster move with Henry Urrutia set to come off the restricted list.

The club could also get some news today on Darren O’Day, who had a pair of injections in his right fingers/wrist, with manager Buck Showalter said the next day should shed light on whether that helped. The hope is still that O’Day can join the Orioles in Tampa this upcoming weekend.

After getting four hits with runners in scoring position in Friday’s win, the Orioles players requested to wear their black jerseys again on Saturday. It went up through the channels and got approved, but the luck didn’t continue with the O’s going 2-for-11 and missing out on a chance to gain ground in the Wild Card. Showalter, whose club went 13-for-63 (.206) with runners in scoring position on their most recent eight-game homestand, is used to the daily questions about his lineup. Today, he pointed across the field at Toronto’s dugout and said, “You don’t think they’d sign up for our problems?” Point taken.

The Orioles enter today ranked fifth in batting average with runners in scoring position, at .268, but it has become a glaring issue at a pivotal point of the season. They’ll try to reverse that trend again today.

Here are your lineups…
ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Danny Valencia DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Matt Wieters C
Michael Morse LF
Brian Roberts 2B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

BLUE JAYS LINEUP
Jose Reyes SS
Brett Lawrie 3B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Adam Lind 1B
Moises Sierra RF
Rajai Davis LF
Ryan Goins 2B
J.P. Arencibia C
Anthony Gose CF

Mark Buehrle LHP

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