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Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he spoke to Major League Baseball's chief baseball officer Joe Torre in the aftermath of Friday's strange game in which right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was ejected, but wouldn't divulge any details of his conversation.

"I wouldn't broadcast that," Showalter said. "Those are private conversations. … I talked to Joe and we've got to move on."

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Showalter is obviously still mad about Friday's events. Without any warnings to either team, home plate umpire Jordan Baker ejected Jimenez in the fourth inning after he hit Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the right shoulder. Baker believed that Jimenez was trying to hit Sandoval in the head in retaliation for Sandoval's hard slide into second base on Jonathan Schoop, but both teams saw that slide as an afterthought.

-- Jimmy Paredes arrived at Fenway Park in time for batting practice today. Activated off the disabled list to fill Schoop's roster spot, he will be the starting DH and bat fifth.

Paredes, who was on the DL with a lower back strain, was slated to fly to Triple-A Norfolk to continue a minor league rehab assignment, but the Orioles caught him before he left Baltimore and shipped him to Boston.

"The season has a way of bringing that all into play if the timing is right. We like Jimmy. He was a contributor ... last year. We're hoping he can help us. We look at it as an opportunity to be who we are. It won't be a topic of conversation in our clubhouse. It will be another opportunity that somebody gets. We can't always out-commit people, but we can out-opportunity them. Today's another example."

-- First baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce is in the Orioles lineup today, batting second and starting in right field, but Pearce's struggles at the plate are becoming glaring.

Pearce enters today's game hitless in his last 14 at bats. He has two hits in his last 30 at bats.

"It's one of those things where you feel somewhere along the way someone's going to pay for his struggles," Showalter said. "He doesn't dwell too much on one day and let it turn into something, but I understand statistically it's not what he's capable of yet. … He'll get it going again."

But Showalter doesn't believe that Pearce is pressing despite the fact that he's coming into the season with an established everyday role for the first time in his career.

"Stevie, when he's going well, his strike-zone management is really good," Showalter said. "And he's gotten out of it because he's trying to get four hits in one at bat. The same reason why you love him is the same reason why he'll go through some periods. But he's strong enough. I think we get a lot of confidence from the confidence we have in him."

-- Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman, who is currently working out of the bullpen after being pinched out of the starting rotation by Jimenez, had another rough relief outing on Friday, allowing a game-tying two-run homer to light-hitting catcher Ryan Hanigan.

Gausman has allowed at least one run in all four of his appearances this season and owns a 9.00 ERA, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits over six innings with five strikeouts and five walks.

Despite Gausman's struggles, Showalter said the Orioles aren't close to sending him to Triple-A to start.

"There always reaches a point where you try to put them in a position they're best equipped to handle, but there's some unknown there with Gaus," Showalter said. "We all know he has the chance to be a quality starting pitcher for us, not only this year but beyond. And there's a need right now for what he could potentially offer in the bullpen and if we feel like it would behoove him to go start, we will look at that, but we're not there yet."

In 2013, Gausman pitched well out of the bullpen, posting a 3.52 ERA and holding opposing hitters to a .205 average. Last year, he made all 20 of his major league appearances as a starter, showing the flashes of the frontline starts the Orioles believe he can become, going 7-7 with a 3.57 ERA.

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"Keep in mind that he did this last year after starting a lot in the minor leagues and really had a good feel for all his pitches, which he came out of spring with," Showalter said. "He made a mistake to [Hanigan] on a breaking ball last night who was carving balls over the first-base dugout. They're all good pitches if you get them in the right places."

Here are the starting lineups for today's game:

Orioles
Alejandro De Aza LF
Steve Pearce RF
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Jimmy Paredes DH
Manny Machado 3B
Caleb Joseph C
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Everth Cabrera SS
Chris Tillman RHP

Red Sox
Brock Holt CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez LF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Ryan Hanigan C
Clay Buchholz RHP

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