Infielder Ryan Flaherty aggravated his right groin Friday night and is not in the Orioles' starting lineup this afternoon for the third game of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Flaherty is available off the bench today. Steve Pearce will start at second base.

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"His strength is good," Showalter said of Flaherty. "You know, Ryan has never had a leg injury in his whole career. I think you build up a little scar tissue there [after] two weeks. Straight away, he feels fine. He just felt some tightness when he made some turns. … I just want to be a little bit cautious today."

Showalter didn't like the way Flaherty was running the bases Friday, his first game since coming off the disabled list with a right groin strain.

Flaherty said he first felt discomfort on the opening play of the game when he was chasing an infield single up the middle that deflected off right-hander Miguel Gonzalez's glove and then again later while running the bases.

"I started to feel uncomfortable for about the next four or five innings," Flaherty said. "It started to feel a little bit better toward the end of the game. I came in here, it was a little sore this morning, but I kinda got it warmed up and it feels better now.

"It's the first time ever dealing with a muscle strain. It felt 100 percent. I obviously felt it a little bit running down the line. It feels better today, so just deal with it and keep going.

-- Center fielder Adam Jones might have crashed into a plexiglass panel on the right-center field fence while chasing an Alex Rodriguez triple last night, but is in today's starting lineup. After last night's game, he said he would be.

Jones wouldn't specify his injury, but Showalter said it was in his left upper rib cage.

"He doesn't want to talk about it too much," Showalter said. "It's kind of like kryptonite. … I wanted to talk about how he should have caught that ball.

"He's tough as nails. I caught him last night. He snuck into the case after he did it to see how it felt swinging the bat."

-- Showalter said he didn't challenge Rodriguez's triple, on which a fan reached into the field of play, to ask for fan interference because he didn't think it would be overturned.

"It never would have been called, especially in New York," Showalter said.

Fan interference can be challenged and reviewed.

"I don't know why when they build these stadiums, they don't have some quality control," Showalter said. "Like we recess our fans in right field above the scoreboard far enough back that if they can reach the ball it would still be a home run. We still have a problem in left field. I wonder why they don't have a mandatory distance there between the fence and the [fans]."

-- Orioles designated hitter/infielder Jimmy Paredes was given an American League championship ring from the Royals before Saturday's game.

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Last season, Paredes played 18 games for the Royals, who swept the Orioles in four games in the American League Championship Series, before he was traded to Baltimore for cash last July 24.

-- After the Orioles recalled left-hander T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, on the day he was scheduled to start, Showalter said he sent Norfolk manager Ron Johnson and pitching coach Mike Griffin a text message simply saying, "Sorry."

The Tides ended up playing 14 innings on Friday night before losing 4-3 to Buffalo. They used seven pitchers on the night.

"They used every guy in the bullpen," Showalter said. "So there's a lot of pressure on [Saturday starter] Zach Davies today. … The timing wasn't good. … I know the next pitcher was probably [outfielder] Dariel Alvarez."

Here are the starting lineups for today's game:

Orioles
Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Delmon Young RF
Chris Young 1B
Steve Pearce 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Alejandro De Aza LF
Ryan Lavarnway C

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Yankees
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Chris Young RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Jose Pirela 2B
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew SS
John Ryan Murphy C

Chase Whitley RHP

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