Mahoney optioned, Reynolds in lineup

The Orioles have optioned first baseman Joe Mahoney to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for left-hander Zach Britton on the 25-man roster.

Steve Johnson remains on the roster and is available to pitch in relief. He’s the designated long man.

Manager Buck Showalter will work with a three-man bench tonight: Omar Quintanilla, Lew Ford and Taylor Teagarden. Robert Andino is getting the start at second base.

Mark Reynolds remains at first base, one night have blasting the umpires. Should be interesting.

Mahoney is 0-for-4 in two games with the Orioles. He replaced Reynolds at first base last night.

Once the Orioles go back to a four-man bench, which figures to be sooner rather than later, they could recall Ryan Flaherty, who’s starting at first tonight at Triple-A Norfolk. That’s one possibility.

The Orioles are off when Britton’s turn comes up again on Thursday, so Showalter can adjust his rotation accordingly.

For the Orioles:
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nate McLouth LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Robert Andino 2B

Zach Britton LHP

For the Tigers:
Austin Jackson CF
Omar Infante 2B
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Delmon Young DH
Alex Avila C
Jeff Baker RF
Andy Dirks LF

Rick Porcello RHP

Eight of Wieters’ last 10 hits dating back to Aug. 7 have been for extra bases - four doubles and four home runs.

Here are the pitching matchups for the Rangers series that begins Monday in Arlington:

Monday: Miguel Gonzalez (5-2, 3.38 ERA) vs. Ryan Dempster (1-1, 8.31 ERA)
Tuesday: Chris Tillman (5-2, 3.65 ERA) vs. Scott Feldman (6-8, 4.63 ERA)
Wednesday: Tommy Hunter (4-7, 5.49 ERA) vs. Derek Holland (7-6, 4.98 ERA)

Zach Petersime is starting for Norfolk tonight, making him the 25th different starting pitcher used by the Tides this season to tie the International League record.

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