More pre-game notes: Lee will split DH duties; Duke to throw pen tomorrow; lineups

Veteran first baseman Derrek Lee go through batting practice with no issues. He won't start today, but he will get a couple of at-bats in the designated hitter's spot once Vladimir Guerrero is done for the day.

Right-hander Justin Duchscherer will throw a bullpen session tomorrow. He's been sidelined with a sore left hip. There is obviously not enough time left for Duchscherer to build up enough innings to be in the Opening Day rotation. However, Duchscherer said that his goal is to be ready on April 10, the first day the Orioles need a fifth starter.


"We discussed it," Duchscherer said. "He had me come in the other day and we went over how I'm feeling, what I'm thinking. They probably won't need a fifth start until the 10th, so I told them I'll do everything I can to get well by then, and hopefully I can. That's the goal."

Duchscherer sounded as optimistic as he has in a while about how he's feeling.


"Everything's good," he said. "It's more flexibility than anything. I think what was happening was as I throw, my left hip was really tightening up on me, so my range of motion had gotten really bad and I didn't know. I went to throw and I was trying to get full range with my pitches, and it was irritating my hip. So we've been really focusing on stretching, and then we're going to start doing some strengthening, so that when I start throwing again, it doesn't start tightening back up. Everything's really good so far, to where I think I'll throw a bullpen tomorrow."

Infielder Brendan Harris had a mole removed from his back yesterday. He should be sidelined for a couple of days.

Chris TIllman, Josh Rupe, Koji Uehara and Kevin Gregg are all pitching in minor league games at Twin Lakes Park today. Pitching coach Mark Connor will be over there watching them.

Now for the lineups:


Brian Roberts, 2B

Nick Markakis, RF

Matt Wieters, C

Vladimir Guerrero, DH

Luke Scott, LF

Adam Jones, CF

Mark Reynolds, 3B

J.J, Hardy, SS

Jake Fox, 1B

Zach Britton, SP

Also scheduled to pitch for the Orioles: Michael Gonzalez, Jason Berken.


Melky Mesa, CF

Nick Swisher, DH

Mark Teixeira, 1B

Andruw Jones, RF

Jesus Montero, C

Greg Golson, LF

Eduardo Nunez, SS

Ronnie Belliard, 2B

Brandon Laird, 3B

Sergio Mitre, SP

Also scheduled to pitch for Yankees: Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, Mark Prior and Luis Ayala.

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