Orioles-Royals lineups; Tatum is here; Roberts frustrated; other pre-game notes


Felix Pie, LF


Adam Jones, CF

Nick Markakis, RF


Vladimir Guerrero, DH

Matt Wieters, C

Luke Scott, 1B

Mark Reynolds, 3B

J.J. Hardy, SS

Ryan Adams, 2B

Jake Arrieta, SP


Alex Gordon, LF

Melky Cabrera, CF

Eric Hosmer, 1B

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Billy Butler, DH

Wilson Betemit, 3B

Matt Treanor, C

Chris Getz, 2B

Alcides Escobar, SS

Luke Hochevar, SP

Catcher Craig Tatum did show up at Camden Yards today, but he was gone before the media was allowed in the clubhouse. He'll likely be recalled in time for tomorrow's series finale and get the start behind the plate. Orioles manager Buck Showalter wouldn't confirm that there will be a roster move, saying only, "We've got some options, but it could change." He did say Wieters won't start tomorrow.

A day after seeing a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh, Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts spoke briefly with reporters. I've been covering Roberts since 2005, and he may have been as morose as I've ever seen him. Asked how he is feeling, he said, "It comes and goes." He said that he'll start doing some physical therapy, including riding the bike. "It's a part of life. You take the good with the bad, so you just try to stay positive and take it day by day," he said. Showalter is planning on having a sitdown with Roberts before tonight's game.

At this point, Showalter said, he'll likely stick with a leadoff platoon of Robert Andino and Felix Pie in Roberts' absence. He said he wants to keep J.J. Hardy where he is in the time being.

Speaking of Andino, he was out early today, along with Brandon Snyder, working on his bunt. I'm sure you recall Andino popping a bunt up in the fifth inning last night, which resulted in a double play. Showalter said that Andino, who came up after back-to-back walks on nine total pitches, was instructed to bunt a strike. He did not do that, offering at Danny Duffy's high fastball.

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