Orioles lineup; Britton's start pushed back a couple of days


J.J. Hardy, SS


Nick Markakis, RF

Adam Jones, CF


Vladimir Guerrero, DH

Luke Scott, 1B

Mark Reynolds, 3B

Felix Pie, LF

Ryan Adams, 2B

Craig Tatum, C

Brian Matusz, SP


Johnny Damon, DH

Ben Zobrist, RF

Justin Ruggiano, LF

Evan Longoria, 3B

B.J. Upton, CF

Sean Rodriguez, 2B

Casey Kotchman, 1B

Elliot Johnson, SS

Kelly Shoppach, C

Wade Davis, SP

Rookie left-hander Zach Britton was originally supposed to pitch Tuesday's series opener in Toronto, but he has been pushed back into next weekend's series against the Washington Nationals. Chris Jakubauskas will face the Blue Jays that day instead. Britton will pitch next Friday against the Nats.

Britton is not injured, but the Orioles want to take any opportunity available to give the rookie a couple of more days in between starts. The Orioles will limit Britton to approximately 175 innings this year, and he's already at 82. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that they don't want to be in a position where they have to shut Britton down in August.

"He's in a good spot physically and we want to keep him there," Showalter said.

The Blue Jays also crush left-handed pitching and knocked around Britton earlier this year. The Orioles were going to need a fifth starter next Saturday against the Nationals anyway.

In other news, first baseman Derrek Lee remains on track to come off the bereavement list and rejoin the lineup Tuesday in Toronto. Brandon Snyder is expected to return to Triple-A Norfolk to make roster room.

Justin Duchscherer will throw a bullpen session Tuesday in Sarasota and is then scheduled to throw five innings in an extended spring game Friday.

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