The Orioles have called up first baseman Joe Mahoney from Triple-A Norfolk to replace injured infielder Wilson Betemit. This is Mahoney's second stint with the big league club this season. He had a five-day call-up in July right before the All-Star break, going 0-for-3 in the one game he appeared in.

The 25-year old won the Orioles' 2010 Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award, when he hit .319/.378/.545 for Double-A Bowie. This season, he is hitting .263/.317/.390 for Norfolk.


Depending on what happens tonight, Mahoney's stint in Baltimore could be a short one. If the Orioles don't need to use Steve Johnson out of the bullpen in long-relief, then the right-hander is likely to start Saturday's game in Detroit. If Johnson is needed tonight, the Orioles might need to call up a starter for Saturday, probably leaving Mahoney out of the mix.

In other pregame news…

** Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he spoke to outfielder Nolan Reimold today, and that the injured outfielder is doing well in his rehab from a neck surgery. The Orioles' Opening Day left fielder has been out since June 25 with a herniated disk.

Reimold has completed 4 weeks of an 8-week rehab, Showalter said, but he is still not far along enough to know his availability for potential postseason play.

** Starter Jason Hammel threw off a mound for the second time since surgery on right knee in mid-July yesterday, and the session didn't go as well as the first one did. Hammel's knee is fine, but his arm is a little more "cranky" than it was the day after his first session, Showalter said.

** Showalter is sticking with the same lineup he has the last two nights as the Orioles go for the sweep of the Red Sox

Tonight's lineups:


1. Markakis RF

2. Hardy SS

3. McLouth LF

4. Jones CF

5. Wieters C

6. Davis DH


7. Reynolds 1B

8. Machado 3B

9. Quintanilla 2B

RHP Chris Tillman

Red Sox

1. Ellsbury DH

2. Crawford LF

3. Pedroia 2B

4. Gonzalez 1B

5. Ross RF

6. Saltalamacchia C

7. Punto 3B

8. Ciriaco SS

9. Podsednik CF

RHP: Bucholz


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