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Orioles pregame news and notes

Baltimore OriolesMatt WietersBoston Red SoxJ.J. HardyBuck ShowalterJason HammelWilson Betemit

There's a lot of stuff going on at Camden Yards before tonight's series opener against the Red Sox, so let's get to it.

-- Catcher Matt Wieters is a proud dad today. Wieters and his wife Maria had their first child early this morning, a baby boy named Maverick Luther Wieters. Wieters was still at the hospital with his wife this afternoon and will be away from the team for at least tonight. "He's where he needs to be," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.  

-- Right-hander Jason Hammel threw a simulated bullpen session before tonight's game. He got up and down three times to simulate the break in innings. The Orioles say he could pitch in a instructional league simulated game in Sarasota, Fla., either Monday or Tuesday when the team is in Tampa Bay.

-- Outfielder Lew Ford said he is feeling "much, much better." He had an MRI on his hip area, whick only revealed a bone bruise. "I feel good enough," Ford said. "If he needs me I could get a chance. I don't know."

-- Infielder Wilson Betemit (right wrist) hasn't ruled himself out for the postseason. He will see hand specialist Dr. Brian Schofield when the Orioles are in Tampa Bay next week. If he gets clearance to swing a bat, he said he will work hard to get back as soon as possible.

-- Shortstop J.J. Hardy's painful hangnail on his right middle finger is feeling better. Hardy said he thinks he will be able to resume his regular throwing grip in the field today. He said he tested the finger out before Wednesday's game in the indoor cages and his throws were hitting the top netting.

-- Outfielder Nolan Reimold was back in the clubhouse Friday. Reimolds said he's been doing some rehab work to stay in shape but that hopes to be completely recovered from neck surgery in time for spring training.

-- Outfielder L.J. Hoes, the Orioles' minor league player of the year, will return to instructional league in Sarasota following Sunday's game to prepare for playing in the Arizona Fall League.

-- Tonight is the anniversary of last year' Game 162 walkoff win over the Red Sox. Showalter's been asked the meaning of the win many times this season. Today he said, "I can't say it didn't help. It does. You create your own intensity."

Still, its interesting to see the varied paths the Orioles and Red Sox have taken since then.

Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Orioles
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis RF
Adam Jones CF
Jim Thome DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Taylor Teagarden C
Chris Tillman RHP

Red Sox
Scott Podsednik CF
Pedro Ciriaco 3B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Cody Ross RF
James Loney 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia DH
Ryan Lavarnway C
Daniel Nava LF
Jose Iglesias SS
Aaron Cook RHP

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