Omar Quintanilla gets another start at second base, while Ryan Flaherty takes another seat on the bench.
For the Orioles:
Nick Markakis RF
Chris Davis DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 3B
Nate McLouth LF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Omar Quintanilla 2B
Zach Britton LHP
For the Mariners:
Dustin Ackley 2B
Trayvon Robinson LF
Michael Saunders CF
Jesus Montero DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Casper Wells RF
Mike Carp 1B
Miguel Olivo C
Munenori Kawasaki SS
Blake Beavan RHP
The Orioles are 9-14 (.391) in 23 games against the American League West, putting them on just a 63-win pace over 162 games. They’re 49-37 (.570) against the rest of baseball, a 92-win pace over a full season.
Markakis is batting .346 (36-for-104) with six doubles, three homers, eight RBIs, 18 runs scored and an .880 OPS in 24 games in the leadoff spot.
Betemit is batting .414 (12-for-29) with three doubles, a homer and three RBIs in his last eight games.
Jim Johnson notched his 33rd save last night to tie for the seventh-highest season total in Orioles history. His next one will tie him with Don Aase (34 in 1986).
Here are the pitching matchups for the four-game series against the Royals that starts Thursday at Camden Yards:
Thursday: Wei-Yin Chen (10-6, 3.46 ERA) vs. Will Smith (2-4, 6.00 ERA)
Friday: Miguel Gonzalez (3-2, 3.80 ERA) vs. Luke Hochevar (7-9, 5.04 ERA)
Saturday: Chris Tillman (5-1, 2.38 ERA) vs. Luis Mendoza (5-8, 4.36 ERA)
Sunday: Zach Britton (tonight) vs. Bruce Chen (tonight)
As you can see, the Orioles won’t face former teammate Jeremy Guthrie.
Farm fun-fact: Triple-A Norfolk has had only two players (outfielder Jamie Hoffmann and reliever Oscar Villarreal) who have spent the entire season on its active roster.