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Guerrero will be back in starting lineup -- likely at cleanup -- on Thursday

Vladimir Guerrero is on the bench Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox.

But it is a one-day thing.

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The Orioles' designated hitter will be back starting Thursday and "more than likely" will hit cleanup, according to manager Buck Showalter.

One of the reasons for that is the way Guerrero has hit Chicago starter Mark Buehrle, who pitches Thursday. In 47 career plate appearances against Buehrle, Guerrero is 13 for 40 (.325 average) with four homers, six RBIs, seven walks and a slugging percentage of .675.

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"We'll see. We'll see what (Thursday) brings. He's had some success against Buehrle," Showalter said of Guerrero. "We'll see if there's a need for something else. I kind of found (you should) be careful about committing to something a long way away. A lot of things change."

Guerrero is batting .274 with nine homers and 36 RBIs this season. He's hitting .161 in eight August games and has just two homers and five RBIs in 15 games since the all-star break. In the game before the break, Guerrero broke a bone in his right wrist when he was struck by a pitch, landing him on the disabled list for much of July.

"I talked to him today about it. I wanted to make sure that the wrist, that wasn't bothering him. He's always a pretty level guy. I can tell in the dugout he's been a little frustrated lately because he's trying so hard," Showalter said. "He's hit a couple balls on the button right at somebody, and you can see he's had a little different response afterwards that he usually doesn't have. He's a proud man, and I want to treat him with the respect that he has coming."

All 89 of Guerrero's starts have come in the cleanup spot. Catcher Matt Wieters, who has hit fourth in 11 games, is the only other Oriole to start at cleanup more than four times this season. Adam Jones batted fourth on Wednesday, his third time in the spot this season.

Led by Guerrero, Orioles' cleanup hitters are third-to-last in the AL in homers, second-to-last in runs scored and slugging percentage and last in RBIs.

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