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Lineup includes Wieters at first, pre-game news on Berken, Gregg, Johnson, etc. (UPDATED: Adams up?)

It's been an interesting morning at Angel Stadium. First, here are the lineups:

ORIOLES

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J.J. Hardy, SS

Nick Markakis, RF

Adam Jones, CF

Vladimir Guerrero, DH

Matt Wieters, 1B

Robert Andino, 2B

Felix Pie, LF

Craig Tatum, C

Blake Davis, 3B

Brian Matusz, SP

ANGELS

Maicer Izturis, 3B

Peter Bourjos, CF

Howie Kendrick, 2B

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Torii Hunter, DH

Mark Trumbo, 1B

Vernon Wells, LF

Erick Aybar, SS

Mike Trout, RF

Bobby Wilson, C

Jerome Williams, SP

Wieters hasn't played first base since his freshman year of high school, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter felt that he was the best option there today. He does regularly get work in there before games, as he did again today. Mark Reynolds tweaked his left ankle while colliding with Mike Trout trying to field Josh Bell's errant throw in the 12th inning last night. Reynolds is probably unavailable today, but he feels like he'll be back in there tomorrow. That means the Orioles have a two-man bench (Nolan Reimold and Bell). Blake Davis, by the way, is starting at third for the first time this season, but he has played that position in the minor leagues at times.

Reliever Jason Berken saw renowned orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum, and the early reports are that there is no structural damage in his sore right elbow. Berken will return home and have an MRA on Tuesday. He'll be put on the disabled list tomorrow with Zach Britton being activated.

Jeremy Guthrie threw a bullpen session today and appeared to get through it without any issues. He'll likely start either Tuesday or Wednesday in Minnesota, probably Wednesday.

Showalter said again that it's likely Jim Johnson moves to the rotation before the end of the season but it wouldn't be before the doubleheader next weekend against the New York Yankees. He feels that they need Johnson in the bullpen for now.

Speaking of bullpen, Showalter said struggling Kevin Gregg will remain his closer for now. With Johnson gearing up for a move to the rotation, Showalter doesn't feel he has anybody else for that role.

Chris Davis (slight tear in right labrum) is en route to Sarasota, Fla., to begin a rehab program. Cesar Izturis (groin strain) will start baseball activities Monday.

UPDATE: The Orioles will likely make a roster move after the game to address their bench depth. The most likely scenario is the recalling Triple-A Norfolk second baseman Ryan Adams. Adams can play third base, and he also obviously plays second, which would allow either Andino or Davis to play third. That could could put Josh Bell's roster spot in jeopardy.

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