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Orioles pregame notes on Gonzalez, Norris, Adair, lineup

Here are some nuggets from Buck Showalter’s pregame news conference:

** Miguel Gonzalez, who left his previous outing in Toronto in the sixth inning due to a right groin strain, feels fine and will pitch Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Gonzalez said he did some fielding practice under the supervision of athletic trainer Richie Bancells and felt no discomfort. Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 0.92 ERA in three starts at Tropicana Field.

“Miguel has done well in this venue,” Showalter said. “And we had some good options.”

** Bud Norris (elbow tightness) would be available to pitch in the bullpen Friday. He also could be used this weekend if the club needs a spot start. Without going into specifics, Showalter said one of his pitchers is dealing with a private family situation and that it could affect the rotation.
“We’ve got a constantly developing situation that we have to cover ourselves for with other starters this series in case somebody has to leave,” he said.

** Rick Adair’s father died in Birmingham, Ala., and the funeral is Monday, Showalter said. Adair, the club’s pitching coach, began a personal leave of absence Aug. 15. He is not expected to be back in any official capacity this season. He is signed through 2014, but there’s been no indication whether he will return next year. Bullpen coach Bill Castro is currently the club’s pitching coach.

** Showalter decided to mix things up with his struggling lineup, putting Manny Machado at leadoff for the first time in his career, Adam Jones at second for the first time since 2011 and Danny Valencia at cleanup for the first time as an Oriole.

“We have the same people playing, I think we just get so involved in the order,” Showalter said. “It’s not a big deal for our guys; they like talking about it. If you look at some of the matchups, I think you’ll understand it.”

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