Lots of stuff from Buck Showalter's pre-game session:

Showalter will not be managing tonight's game. John Russell will. Showalter cannot appeal his one-game suspension, which is usually automatic for a manager when a pitcher is ejected for throwing at an opposing hitter. So he will be serving it tonight.


Kevin Gregg (four games and $2,500 fine) and Michael Gonzalez (three games and $1,500 fine) are appealing their suspensions and will be able to play today.

Jim Johnson was fined just $500 and was not suspended.

David Ortiz was suspended four games and fined an undisclosed amount. He is the only Red Sox player to be suspended. It looks like Boston manager Terry Francona was not suspended. We don't know why and Showalter was unaware that was the case.

Vladimir Guerrero is not in Thursday's starting lineup because he still has soreness in his right hand from being hit by a pitch on Sunday in Boston. Showalter said more tests may be needed, but Guerrero apparently said he thought he would be better with one more day of rest.

Matt Wieters will bat cleanup and be the designated hitter. Showalter wanted to give him a day off from catching after the all-star game.

Brian Roberts met with concussion specialist Dr. Michael Collins today, but as of 5 p.m., the Orioles had no information on it.

Cesar Izturis (elbow) had some discomfort on Wednesday but was better today, Showalter said. The plan is for Izturis to play a game in the Gulf Coast League on June 20, play two games at Double-A Bowie and then possibly be ready to return to the Orioles by June 23.

Luke Scott (shoulder) has not resumed baseball activities after his cortisone shot Monday. He likely will go on a short rehab stint and may be ready by July 19.

Zach Britton will pitch July 15 and July 20 for Double-A Bowie.

Thursday's lineup: Hardy 6, Markakis 9, Jones 8, Wieters DH, Lee 3, Pie 7, Reynolds 5, Davis 4, Tatum 2, Guthrie 1.