Matt Wieters DH-ing as Orioles face Tigers' David Price

DETROIT — Matt Wieters started behind the plate Friday night, so there was a question whether he'd catch again Saturday night – it would be a second straight game since the club came back from the All-Star break.

Well, he's not catching; Caleb Joseph gets the start behind the plate Saturday night at Comerica Park. But Wieters, who is still being eased back from elbow surgery last year, is in the lineup. He is starting at designated hitter and batting cleanup.


The reason is simple: He is one of baseball's best hitters against Detroit Tigers ace David Price.

In 41 at-bats versus Price, Wieters has hit .366 with six doubles, a homer and four RBIs. Only New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has had better production with at least 40 at-bats against Price. Ellsbury has hit .375 (21-for-56) against the talented lefty.


J.J. Hardy is 12-for-36 (.333) and Steve Pearce is 4-for-12 (also .333) with a homer in the regular season against Price.

Here are the lineups for Saturday's game:

Orioles: Machado 5, Pearce 3, Jones 8, Wieters DH, Davis 9, Hardy 6, Schoop 4, Reimold 7, Joseph 2. Tillman 1.

Tigers: Kinsler 4, Cespedes 7, V. Martinez DH, J.D. Martinez 9, Castellanos 5, Avila 3, McCann 2, Iglesias 6, Gose 4. Price 1.