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Guerrero back in lineup
After missing six starts in National League parks during interleague play, designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero was back in his accustomed spot at cleanup Friday.
"I know he's looking forward to getting back out there and we're looking forward to having him out there," Showalter said. "Hopefully, he used that time wisely, got freshened up a little bit."
Guerrero pinch-hit four times in the six road games, picking up one RBI single. But Showalter said Guerrero's presence on the bench was felt — by the Orioles and the opposing managers even when he wasn't used.
"He made two or three moves not happen by walking around over by the bat racks," Showalter said.
Around the horn
Right-hander Alfredo Simon (right hamstring strain) threw pain-free in Sarasota on Friday and is expected to pitch one or two innings Sunday for Double-A Bowie. If that goes well, it's possible he'll be activated Tuesday, the first day he is eligible to come off the DL. … Right-hander Jake Arrieta (elbow inflammation) threw a light side session Friday and is expected to throw a more intense session Saturday. If those go well, he is still in line to start Wednesday versus St. Louis. … Second baseman Brian Roberts, who is already on the disabled list with a concussion, will have his wisdom teeth pulled, Showalter said. … The Orioles' May 17 rainout against the Boston Red Sox will be made up Monday, Sept. 19 at 1:05 p.m. as part of a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park. The 7:10 p.m. game between the two clubs, which was set to be the opener of the three-game series, will remain as scheduled. It will be the Orioles' third day-night doubleheader in 10 weeks thanks to rain earlier this season.
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