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Os vs Yankees

*As expected, David Lough was activated tonight and Eddie Gamboa optioned to Triple-A.

*Matt Wieters took batting practice  off the coaches and Dane De La Rosa.  He will DH in extended spring on Tuesday. Jimmy Paredes played nine innings in the outfield in extended spring and could go on rehab assignment by end of the week.

The Os are still hoping that Hardy can go on rehab when they go on their road trip at the end of the week.

*Dave Wallace is in Los Angeles for a funeral, so Dom Chiti will be in the dugout tonight and Ramon Martinez will serve as bullpen coach.

YANKEES LINEUP

Jacoby Ellsbury cf
Brett Gardner lf
Carlos Beltran dh
Mark Teixeira 1b
Alex Rodriguez 3b
Chris Young rf
John Ryan Murphy c
Didi Gregorius ss
Gregorio Petit 2b

Michael Pineda rhp

Os vs Jays series finale

ORIOLES LINEUP

Alejandro De Aza LF
Steve Pearce 1B
Chris Davis DH
Adam Jones CF
Travis Snider RF
Manny Machado 3B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Everth Cabrera SS
Ryan Lavarnway C

Chris Tillman RHP

Orioles vs Jays Game 2

The Orioles will put Wesley Wright on the disabled list and are expected to add knuckleball pitcher Eddie Gamboa in his place. Gamboa was slated to start for Triple-A on Monday and he was the best option in terms of schedule that will still give the O’s some length in the bullpen if needed tonight.

Wright reported pain behind his left shoulder following Friday’s game and the team thinks it’s a neck/trapezius muscle injury right now.

David Lough took batting practice here today and will play with Class-A Frederick on Sunday. and could be activated after that. The Os plan on dropping the 13th pitcher soon and it could be whenever Lough is ready to come back.

Matt Wieters took BP off the coaches today in Sarasota from both sides of the plate. And Hunter Harvey got out of the boot today and made 30 throws from 60 feet.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Alejandro De Aza LF
Steve Pearce RF
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Travis Snider DH
Manny Machado 3B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Everth Cabrera SS
Caleb Joseph C

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

Wright injured

BALTIMORE— Orioles reliever Wesley Wright has been dealing with left shoulder pain on and off recently and he said following Friday’s 12-5 loss that he believes it’s more a trapezius/neck issue that is causing sharp shooting pain.

“I’m pretty concerned,” said Wright, who velocity was down to the mid-80s during his four-out appearance on Friday. “I’m a guy who most of my career has been on the field. Not really the type of guy who even likes to be in the training room, so for me to say something, it’s something I felt that I needed to say something just so it doesn’t get any worse and do something more that could have been taken care of earlier.”

Wright, who recorded one out in the Tampa Bay series, said there aren’t any plans for tests to the area right now and the team is going to wait and see how he is on Saturday.

“It’s one of those things that’s been kind of bothering me a little bit the last couple days and it got to a point where it wasn’t going away,” he said. “You want to be out there at the beginning of the season, you want to do what you can to help the team, but it gets to the point where you’re hurting yourself as well as the team, so I decided it would be best if I said something and get it taken care of.”

Signed by the Orioles as a free agent on December 19, Wright is one of three lefties in the O’s bullpen, which currently has eight pitchers.

Opening Day- Os vs Jays

Greetings from a rather chilly, damp Camden Yards where the Orioles will –weather permitting–start their home opener against the Blue Jays at 3:10 p.m. ET.

Not much news to report pregame, but manager Buck Showalter –whose father-in=law passed away yesterday– will leave the team around April 25 to attend memorial services in Nashville.

I’ll pass along weather updates as I get them on Twitter.

BLUE JAYS LINEUP

Jose Reyes SS
Dalton Pompey CF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Josh Donaldson 3B
Dioner Navarro C
Justin Smoak 1B
Kevin Pillar LF
Devon Travis 2B

Mark Buehrle LHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

Everth Cabrera SS
Steve Pearce LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Delmon Young DH
Manny Machado 3B
Travis Snider RF
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C

Bud Norris RHP

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Orioles @ Rays series finale

*Matt Wieters did some throwing this afternoon in the outfield and he will continue to move the distance as he progresses. He’s been throwing every other day for about a week and will stay in Florida to continue his rehab.

As for a return, May 1 has been thrown out as a potential.

“I think it’s realistic, but at the same time, we’re not really putting any kind of date out there because it’s a matter of how it goes and how it feels,” Wieters said. “I think it can turn the corner in the course of a couple of days or it can take longer. It’s a matter of letting it kind of all play out and whenever I feel like I can contribute to the team, and help the team when, then I’ll come back.”

RAYS LINEUP

David DeJesus DH
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Evan Longoria 3B
Desmond Jennings LF
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Logan Forsythe 2B
Allan Dykstra 1B
Rene Rivera C

Jake Odorizzi RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

Alejandro De Aza LF
Steve Pearce DH
Travis Snider RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Ryan Lavarnway C
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

Updates on Hardy and Lough

SARASOTA, Fla.— Shortstop J.J. Hardy is expected to start a rehab assignment next week with Class-A Frederick, a welcome sign that has the infielder ahead of schedule in his recovery from a left shoulder strain.

Hardy was out on the field prior to the O’s-Rays game at Tropicana Field taking infield for the second time since the injury and said Tuesday’s session was a lot better than the previous one.

Hardy can be activated from the 15-day disabled list anytime after Saturday and manager Buck Showalter said he won’t get into a rehab game until after Monday.  The Gold Glover may not need a length rehab given that he played in a good chunk of spring games.

David Lough (hamstring) did not play in Tuesday’s intrasquad game and it’s looking less likely that he will be activated on Saturday. Lough did participate in baseball activities down in Sarasota, Fla. on Tuesday and is hoping to play Wednesday, but only if he’s 100 percent.

Davis holds court

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is clearly ready to be back as he’s been bouncing around the clubhouse like a little kid. Davis’ 25-game suspension ends today and he’s in the lineup as the O’s designated hitter. I’ll have a full story up shortly on Orioles.com, but here is what he said…

On how it feels to be back…

“It feels good. Obviously, watching the game, everybody’s having all the fun, hitting home runs, scoring a bunch of runs. It’s good to be a part of it today. I missed these guys, even though I wasn’t really gone. Still hanging around with them on the field, just being around with them and competing. Wearing that uniform, it’s exciting.”

On if he has a different mindset…

“There’s no doubt. The perspective, I think you realize when something like the suspension comes up, it’s really a privilege to be here and a blessing to play at this level each and every day. I mean, we work hard, day in and day out to prepare ourselves and to give ourselves the best opportunity to succeed, but at the end of the day, it’s a privilege to be here and be a part of this team.”

On if he’s got extra motivation this season to make the playoffs

“I mean, that’s something that’s been a goal of mine since I got here. I was fortunate enough in 2012 to be a part of a team that went on a magical run and got to play a little bit in the postseason. Kind of experienced that the first time in a long time here. It was tough watching the team play last year and obviously lose in the ALCS. That’s something that I think is expected, not only from our fans, but from the guys in the clubhouse to be there every year, and I’m looking to get back there.”

On if this is the most excited he’s been for a game in a while..

“It’s close. I feel like Opening Day kind of is special just because what it means to everybody. It was important to me to be able to open up at home. That’s something I definitely looked at the schedule at the end of last year to see where we started. I was almost kind of relieved to see we started on the road. I didn’t want to miss the home opener. That’s pretty special for me. I was glad the way the guys competed yesterday and got the win. I’m glad to be back and be in the mix again.”

On if September 10 seems like a long time ago…

“Yeah, it does. Of course, Buck is like, ‘do you know when the last time you played a major league baseball game was?’ Yeah, on Thursday. It seems like a long time ago. A lot has gone on, a lot has changed, and I think a lot for the better to be honest with you. I wasn’t in a good place mentally last year. Physically, I wasn’t in a good place. It’s nice to put that behind me and start fresh again.”

On if it’s anticlimatic because he played all spring and missed just one game…

“I don’t know if you want to call it being fortunate but I was definitely lucky with the way things kind of timed out only having to miss one game. The fact that they made the postseason and went so deep was huge for me. I feel good, I felt good all spring. Feel like I’m swinging the bat well. There are still things I need to work on.”

On preparing for hostile crowds…

“Don’t sell them short [at Tropicana Field]. I think I kind of have to take what they give me. One of the biggest things for me was going through 2013, all the false accusations and having to hear all that stuff about steroids because I was having success. I think that kind of prepared me to go out there and play, whether they are cheering for you or against you. You can go out there and ask any big leaguer, no matter what city you are in there are going to be people that are rooting for their hometown team and against you. It’s part of it.”

On if the suspension talk is over…

“I hope so. I’m excited to put all that behind me and move forward and start over again this year.”

On if he’s taking his medication, Vyvanyse, which is an ADHD drug…

“It’s fully in…Part of having a TUE is having to take your medications. If you don’t you lose it and everything Ive gone through is for nothing.”

Os at Rays

Greetings from Tropicana Field, where the Orioles will take on the Rays for the second of a three-game series. Chris Davis will be activated from the restricted list and in the lineup for the first time since September 10. Davis was one of the first guys out taking early batting practice this afternoon and is clearly excited to get this thing going.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy took early fielding work at shortstop for the second time since he hit the disabled list with a left shoulder strain. Hardy, who also took some grounders on the team’s artificial turf practice field at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, said the fielding went much better the second time around. He is eligible to come off the disabled list as early as Saturday.

RAYS LINEUP

Brandon Guyer LF
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Evan Longoria 3B
Desmond Jennings CF
Logan Forsythe DH
James Loney 1B
Rene Rivera C
Tim Beckham 2B

Nathan Karns SP

Opening Day

RAYS LINEUP

John Jaso DH 
Steven Souza, Jr. RF 
Asdrubal Cabrera SS 
Evan Longoria 3B 
James Loney 1B 
Desmond Jennings LF 
Logan Forsythe 2B 
Rene Rivera C 
Kevin Kiermaier CF 

Chris Archer P

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