Pre-game: Orioles vs. Yankees

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Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he is looking forward to seeing how Wei-Yin Chenperforms in his first big league start.

"It’s different," Showalter said. “Thank goodness. I’m looking forward to it.”

The 26-year-old lefty from Taiwan will be facing the heralded New York Yankees. The game will be broadcast live in Taiwan – at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

“There will be a lot of people late to work today, or tomorrow, whatever it is,” Showalter said. “I think it’s tomorrow. But I know it’s a big moment for him in Taiwan.”

Showalter said Matt Wieters likely won’t get a day off from behind the plate until Saturday or Sunday in Toronto, so he likely will catch the team’s first seven games.

“We might catch him on the off-day in Bowie, by God,” Showalter quipped.

He said he is always concerned about Wieters’ workload, but the catcher is fresh now and he wanted him to be behind the plate for each of the five starters’ season debuts.

“We know how valuable he is, but we’d like to see him get a feel for all these guys,” Showalter said.

With Brian Matusz going just four innings Monday, it exposed the Orioles’ lack of a long reliever in the bullpen. Showalter said it’s not a concern yet, especially since relievers Darren O’Day and Kevin Gregg hadn’t pitched, so they could pitch more than one inning.

“We had two guys I definitely wanted to pitch in the game last night in Kevin and Darren, and they needed to pitch. I felt real comfortable about extending them. We were fortunate to get through that game where we had everybody available again tonight,” Showalter said. “In the future, that’s not something you’re going to be able to weather if you have it three or four days in a row with any type of bullpen [use]. So I think it’s more about trying to make sure we don’t have that happen as often as we did last year.”

Here are the lineups for Tuesday’s game:

Jeter 2
Swisher 9
Cano 4
Rodriguez 5
Teixeira 3
Granderson 8
Jones DH
Martin 2
Gardner 7
Garcia 1

Chavez 7
Hardy 6
Markakis 9
Jones 8
Wieters 2
Johnson DH
Reynolds 5
Davis 3,
Andino 4
Chen 1

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