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Orioles notebook: Birds honor late NYPD officer, O's fan Brian Moore

Orioles manager Buck Showalter and members of the NYPD salute as the national anthem is played before the game between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles on May 5, 2015 at Citi Field in Queens, N.Y. The New York Mets held a moment of silence in honor of slain Queens officer, Brian Moore.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter and members of the NYPD salute as the national anthem is played before the game between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles on May 5, 2015 at Citi Field in Queens, N.Y. The New York Mets held a moment of silence in honor of slain Queens officer, Brian Moore. (Elsa / Getty Images)

When manager Buck Showalter found out that slain New York police officer Brian Moore was an Orioles fan, he immediately wanted to do something for Moore's family.

The Mets already had planned to hold a moment of silence before Tuesday's interleague game against the Orioles at Citi Field to honor Moore, a 25-year-old officer who was shot in the head Saturday in Queens, N.Y., and died Monday. A man has been arrested and charged with his murder.

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The flags at Citi Field flew at half-staff. Mets players wore NYPD caps during batting practice.

"[Mets vice president of media relations] Jay Horwitz and a couple of people he works with with the Mets came down and talked about it," Showalter said. "We moved real quickly after that."

The Orioles found a way to pay tribute. They will present Moore's family with a baseball signed by Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who was Moore's favorite player. Showalter said the team will also send Moore's family a white Orioles home jersey signed by the entire team.

"We were going to do a [gray road] jersey today, but we're going to overnight a white jersey," Showalter said. "We thought he and his family would have liked that."

Davis, who homered in the ninth inning, said Moore was on his mind during the game.

"I said a little prayer before the game after finding everything out. It's just kind of heavy on my heart," Davis said. "If I could do something to honor him, whether it was something to help us win or a bright spot, I'm glad God came through."

During the pregame moment of silence, all of the Orioles stood on the edge of the warning track to honor Moore.

"It makes you just think about their families and the whole thing, how much those men and women are in harm's way every day for us," Showalter said. "The people that teach our children and protect our families, what else is more important in our country than that? When you listen to a lot of people talk about him, he was pretty special. It's going to be quite a loss, just to society in general, especially for his family. It's tragic."

Pearce still ailing from stomach virus

Infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce was out of the starting lineup again Tuesday, still recovering from a stomach virus that forced him to be removed in the middle of Sunday's game against the Rays.

Pearce had made three straight starts at second base, the first three of his career at the position. With him out of the lineup, Jimmy Paredes started at second on Tuesday, marking just his second defensive start in 13 games.

Paredes, who entered the game hitting .353, has mostly served as the team's designated hitter since coming off the disabled list April 18.

"Either way, we're going to have a good pinch hitter on the bench, so I had two [lineups] made out until I talked to [head trainer] Richie [Bancells]," Showalter said. "One of them had Stevie in it, and one of them had Jimmy in it."

Pearce, who was pulled from Sunday's game in the fifth inning, went to the hospital when the team arrived back in Baltimore that night to receive fluids by IV.

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"He's taking some swings in the cage," Showalter said. "He's still somewhat weak. He's getting there, but he still has a little bit of symptoms. … He's getting there. He's available if we need him to pinch hit or double switch. I don't think he's quite there."

Pearce said he spent most of Monday in bed and that he hoped to be able to contribute off the bench Tuesday.

"I'm just going to rest," Pearce said. "I've hit in the cage. I'll try to save my energy and hopefully if I have a chance to get an at-bat later, I'll be able to do that. … Just hope I'm at the very end of this thing and hopefully I'll get out there and get an at-bat later on in the game and hopefully be better tomorrow. It's just a stomach virus. I'm just trying to get over it right now and do what I can."

O's optimistic about Hardy

Showalter said shortstop J.J. Hardy (left shoulder strain) came out of his first minor-league rehab game at Double-A Bowie feeling good.

Monday marked Hardy's first game action in more than five weeks, so how long he will need to get his timing back is unclear. But Showalter sounded optimistic that the team's Gold Glove shortstop will be back with the Orioles sooner than later.

Hardy was 2-for-4 on Monday.

"We'll see how he is today," Showalter said. "So far, so good. ... See how each day goes with J.J. We're going to kind of go on how he feels."

Barring a setback, the rehab of infielder Ryan Flaherty will be brief. Flaherty, who was 1-for-4 in his first rehab game Monday, will likely come off the DL for Friday's game at Yankee Stadium.

Around the horn

Catcher Matt Wieters (Tommy John surgery) caught six innings in an extended spring training game Tuesday, the most innings he has caught. Showalter said Wieters' next step will be catching that amount on back-to-back days. "When we see him catching back-to-back days, we'll have a better feel on his projection," Showalter said. … Left-hander Wesley Wright (left trapezius muscle strain) threw two sessions of 25 throws from 90 feet Tuesday. … Pitching prospect Hunter Harvey, recovering from a partial fracture of his right shin, threw three innings on Tuesday in extended spring training. … High Single-A Frederick third baseman Drew Dosch was named Orioles minor-league Player of the Month for April. In 21 games, Dosch hit .291 with five doubles, two triples, one homer and 18 RBIs. Earlier in the month, he was named Carolina League Player of the Week. He has currently reached base safely in 17 straight games and is hitting .393 during that span. … The Orioles announced Tuesday that the team will give away five player-designed T-shirts this season, including ones designed by closer Zach Britton (May 30), right-hander Bud Norris (June 30) and Hardy (July 30). Britton's T-shirt is inspired by his entrance song, "For Those About to Rock" by AC/DC.

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