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Orioles lineup, some pre-game notes

Here is the Orioles lineup for today's series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays:

Brian Roberts, 2B

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Nick Markakis, RF

Derrek Lee, 1B

Vladimir Guerrero, DH

Luke Scott, LF

Adam Jones, CF

Matt Wieters, C

Mark Reynolds, 3B

Cesar Izturis, SS

Brad Bergesen, SP

A couple of other notes: Starter Brian Matusz (strained left intercostal muscle) will pitch in an extended spring training game on Wednesday, and then make a rehab appearance for Single-A Frederick on May 16.

Manager Buck Showalter said that the Orioles will stay on turn with their rotation. Tomorrow's off day gave them the option of skipping struggling starter Chris Tillman, but Showalter said that won't happen. Instead, Jake Arrieta will start Tuesday's series opener followed by Tillman and rookie Zach Britton.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy, who is 2-for-5 with three walks and two runs scored in two rehab appearances for Triple-A Norfolk, will likely be the Tides designated hitter today. Showalter said that Hardy will likely play for the Tides Monday as well before possibly being activated for Tuesday's series opener against the Mariners.

Injured pitcher Justin Duchscherer (left hip strain) will throw a simulated game in a couple of days.

Showalter has been having plenty of discussions with President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail and Director of Player Developmen John Stockstill. The Orioles obviously will have to make a roster move for Hardy on Tuesday, but they are also considering options elsewhere. And catcher Craig Tatum remains an option, but he's currently on the minor league disabled list. Tatum got an injection in his sore shoulder and is feeling better.

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