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Orioles pre-game: Steve Pearce in lineup, Steve Johnson added to 40-man roster

The Orioles are looking to take the rubber match of this three-game series against the Rays at Tropicana Field.  The teams are tied for first place in the AL East with identical 30-23 records.

Newcomer Steve Pearce, who arrived in Tampa Bay around 8 p.m. yesterday, will immediately jump into the lineup, starting in right field and hitting eighth.

Pearce seems to know a few guys in the clubhouse. He played with Ronny Paulino in Pittsburgh and attended South Carolina with Steve Tolleson.

Also, the Orioles added right-hander Steve Johnson to the club's 40-man roster and transferred left-hander Zach Britton to the 60-day disabled list. Britton, currently two starts into a minor league rehab assignment, was initally placed on the DL on March 26. 

Here are the lineups:

Robert Andino 2B
Endy Chavez LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ronny Paulino DH
Steve Pearce RF
Steve Tolleson 3B
Jake Arrieta RHP

Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Matt Joyce RF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Luke Scott DH
Hideki Matsui LF
Will Rhymes 3B
Elliot Johnson SS
Jose Molina C
Matt Moore LHP

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