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A couple of more pre-game notes (UPDATED)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that he and the athletic training staff will monitor starter Jake Arrieta's sore right hip, but he expects that the right-hander will make his next scheduled start Wednesday in Kansas City.

"He fought me tooth and nail last night about coming out of the game. In fact, he almost had me talked into to letting him get back out there and I thought better of it. I expect him to make his start, but I think that question is more pertinent probably the next couple of days when he

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actually has his throw day."

At the team's minor league complex in Sarasota today, Brian Matusz (strained left intercostal muscle) played long toss and did conditioning work. He'll throw a 40 to 45-pitch bullpen session Sunday.

Fellow starter Justin Duchscherer (left hip strain) threw a 30-pitch live batting practice session for the first time in several weeks. He told team officials that he felt great and he'll throw live batting practice again Tuesday. Shortstop J.J. Hardy (strained left oblique) hit off a tee, took groundballs and continues to progress in his rehab program.

One more item on Vladimir Guerrero's lack of a walk this year. If he doesn't walk tonight in the Orioles' final game in April, it will mark the first time in any month in his career, where he's played at least 10 games and hasn't drawn at least one walk. That's rather significant when you consider that Guerrero has played 2,026 big league games over parts of 16 seasons.

Here's Showalter's take about giving catcher Matt Wieters the night off: "I think it's tougher to jeopardize or risk losing Matt than it is to make decisions on whether to play him," Showalter said. "We all know the level that he's capable of playing at, which he is now. Sometime I think we should all go squat down for three hours and go back and forth for four or five days in a row and see how you feel, regardless if you're 24 or 25 years old and 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 … We'll continue to pick spots for him."

And finally, Alfredo Simon pitched five innings in an extended spring training game today. He'll likely join one of the Orioles' minor league affiliates soon.

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